I stopped by Pages Bookshop (Detroit) on Independent Bookstore Day to support one of my favorite indie bookstores. (And not gonna lie, I also really wanted to see Pip the bookstore cat. She’s adorable!)

It was hard to choose just one book because I have so many on my reading wish list. After browsing the bookshelves, I decided to buy James McBride’s novel Deacon King Kong (2020).

A week ago, I had checked out Deacon King Kong on my Libby app, and after reading the first two pages of the book, I was instantly hooked!

Have you read it yet?

Pages Bookshop, independent bookstore in Detroit, Michigan.
Pages Bookshop in Detroit, Michigan is an independent, woman-owned bookstore located at 19560 Grand River Ave.
Pages Bookshop bookstore cat Pip
Pip, the bookstore cat at Pages Bookshop. She’s so soft, and I loved petting her. Made my day!

Since I just started reading Deacon King Kong, I haven’t gotten far enough into the book to give a good summary of what the novel is about.

However, I can tell you the book is about a church deacon who shoots and kills a drug dealer in his neighborhood. Sportcoat, the church deacon, shoots the drug dealer, point-blank, right in front of a group of neighbors.

Gabino Iglesias for NPR called Deacon King Kong “fast, complex and funny…” and it’s “a love letter to New York City.”

Books to Read: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Pages Bookshop in Detroit, Michigan
Such a beautiful cat!

I’m looking forward to reading more of James McBride’s latest novel this month. Last month, I didn’t do a lot of reading, despite having a few library books checked out.

April was a busy month, so it was hard for me to find the time to read like I wanted.

But this month, I’m going to make it a goal to at least read 30 minutes a day!

What are you reading this month?

All photographs are courtesy of J. Hamra for Good Life Detroit.


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Jennifer Hamra

Freelance creative Jennifer Hamra created her blog Good Life Detroit in 2015 after relocating from Tennessee to Southeast Michigan.

Inspired by her love for personal blogging and photography, Jennifer likes to share her favorite Detroit things, from cool places to visit (the hidden gems are her favorite!) to the amazing people she has connected with over the years.

When she's not busy juggling family life and her creative projects, you can find her at an art gallery, community event, farmers market, or spending quiet time at home with a good book and cup of tea.

Jennifer lives in the metro Detroit area with her husband Travis and their six children.

Connect with Jennifer on social media @goodlifedetroit on all social media platforms. Email at [email protected].