Back With Lots of Books (Friday Reads)
Friday Reads is a social media hashtag that connects people by talking about the books they're reading as we head into the weekend. I like to use it as a roundup of the books we spent the week with, which includes authors of all heritages.
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It's been a while!
How is your reading going? I have been in a reading slump, but I'm feeling much better now. It's also hard to read when you're binge-watching tv ( which I do not suggest :-P). Someone on Instagram suggested I read shorter content like short stories or poetry. April is National Poetry Month so you still have some time to celebrate a poet.
I haven't updated you on my reading is weeks (months?) and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I read in March. I finished four adult books and a few children's books not mentioned in the photo. I've written reviews for Hunger and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce.
Besides books, the girls are doing more activities. Astrid is in Girl Scouts and Amelie just discovered that she is amazing in aerial arts. Plus TWO homeschool meet-ups each week, church, and our library day. All of this driving is why they created audiobooks- we're listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the car.
Here is what I'm reading this week. All of them are phenomenal.
Eloquent Rage: Everything that Brittney Cooper says touches me deeply. She lays out her thoughts "eloquently" with the power to burn your face off if you get too close. She makes me question my feminist ways in the best way possible.
An American Marriage: I am halfway through this audiobook and it has been amazing. It's a story of what kind of choices we have about love when people are separated by forces beyond their control.
So You Want To Talk About Race: Yes. It's almost all I'm talking about these days and this book is a big help. Written in the simplest of terms for some of the county's most complex ideas. This is a guidebook to help you talk about the things that matter.
Garvey's Choice: Nikki Grimes is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Another beautiful story of self-acceptance through narrative prose. Check it out.
Children of Blood and Bone: This is a debut novel with a lot of hype around it. It's sci-fi and essentially a race to restore the magical heritage of an oppressed group of dark-skinned people. I liked it and look forward to the sequel.
This Will Be My Undoing: I "read" this on audiobook and I didn't connect with it the way I thought I would. Jerkins talks about her life and how racism attaches itself to every experience she has. The sentiment of the book I liked but her reading of it left me bored.
Want an even more comprehensive look at what I'm reading? This isn't the whole list!
Check out my Goodreads page at www.goodreads.com/blackandbookish.
What's the best thing you've read recently? What are you reading now?
About the Author
Black & Bookish is the brainchild of Antoinette Scully, educator and lover of all things bookish. She is on a quest to fill your bookshelves with beloved authors of the African Diaspora. When she's not hanging out on line, she's living it up as the mother of two rambunctious girls and wife of a local filmmaker.