>I define summer in different ways depending on where I am in life. As a kid and parent, summer is really those seemingly few days between the end of school and the first day back.

When I was an adult without kids, it stretched until I had to start wearing closed toe shoes and, in Florida, summer seemed endless.

This summer is my VONA summer (the workshop for writers of color held every year in San Francisco). That means it’s a summer of reading and writing and challenging myself.

So I am going to read more as I write more.

Here are a couple of titles that have caught my eye:

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter. Because of the cover – there’s pink! – I wasn’t really tuned into it. I didn’t feel like reading anything that seemed to revolve around romance. But I keep seeing people post good things about it and I’m going to get it this summer.
Check out Ernessa’s blog.

Substitute Me by Lori Tharps is in the current issue of Essence magazine. I have really liked Lori’s articles and blog, so I want to read this one. Interesting storyline about her protagonist becoming a nanny, though. I’m sure there’s a lot she can do with that!