#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 11

Day 11 – Favorite Toni Morrison:

Today’s photo is from one of my favorite authors.  I adore this edition because I love the photo of Toni IMG_1405Morrison rocking her afro on the back. Regal!  I’ve had the pleasure of reading almost all of her work except Paradise and Love.  I hope to get to them both before her new novel is released in March, I believe.  The Bluest Eye is Morrison’s first novel and it so happens it is the first Morrison I read.  I read it for a Black Women Writers class in my third year of studying English Literature.  It opened my eyes to a whole different way of writing and telling a story.  I can still remember how blown away by it I was.  The writing style, the character the development, the story’s structure, etc.  All of that perfection rolled up into a mere 164 pages.  If you haven’t read it yet you really need to make the effort to read it before the end of the year.  It’s poignant, will break your heart, but mostly make you think profoundly.  What’s your favorite Morrison?

17 Replies to “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 11”

  1. My pick is Song of Solomon. Perhaps my favorite because it was my first Toni Morrison read…perhaps my favorite because of the themes of self-realization, life’s purpose, and the complexities of interpersonal relationships: loves and losses….and maybe, I just loved the concept of “flying” and it’s ties and significance to the spiritual hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”

      1. You’re welcome. This will be my first TM. I’m not sure when I’ll read it, but it will be before the end of the year. I’ll probably do a Booktube video on it when I’m finished.

    1. Hi Heather! I knew you’d say that. I believe a lot of readers love SOS. Who doesn’t! I think it’s number 2 or 3 on my list of loves by TM along with Tar Baby, which I encourage you to pick up at some point too.:)

  2. Hi Didi and friends! Love the vintage book cover for The Bluest Eye! This is a toughie but I think I have to go with Sula because it was the 1st Toni Morrison book I ever read: this was in the late 1970s and I didn’t know literature could tell a story that way; it knocked me out. Tar Baby is super close second!

    1. Hey Leslie! So funny how everybody is usually super thrown by their first Morrison. lol! get it though. Incredible writing and storytelling. I think Tar Baby is my second favorite too although Song of Solomon is right the in third. Thanks for participating! 🙂

  3. It’s such a long time since I read Beloved, when I was a teenager and I remember having a little difficulty with it and thinking I wasn’t intellectual enough to understand why everyone was raving about it. Every other book after that of hers that I read, made me feel more grown up, since I could understand them more. I’m not sure if that was due to age and maturity or the book itself, I just remember that awkward teenage feeling of not being as sophisticated a reader as my peers. I thought Love was excellent and my most recent read Sula was fabulous. I still have a few unread on the shelf to pick up, I love how prolific she is, such a wonderful writer.

    1. I agree that Beloved is a very difficult novel especially for a teenager. Glad you persevered. It was worth it. I still have Paradise and Love left to read and I want to do that before her new book comes out. Huge TBR at the moment….

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