Hey there, beautiful people!
I just wanted to pop in with a forecast of what I’ll be reading for the first few months of this blog. Hopefully, that will give some of you the chance to read along with me. Right now, I’m working my way through Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—it’s a book I’ve started many times, but haven’t been able to finish. The “Black Millenials Read, Too!” Facebook reading group that I’m a part of is currently reading it, so it looks like now is the time to finally get past page 44.
Simultaneously, I’m finishing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. I’d started this earlier in the month for a book club discussion, but still had a few pages left before real life took over. Hopefully I’ll finish The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood as well, so I can do a more complete post on his autobiographical work.
After Americanah and Between the World and Me are finished, I’ll be reading Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris Perry, and This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz. I read This is How You Lose Her earlier in the summer, but trust me when I say it’s a book that deserves two reads before you give any commentary. The format is scattered, comprised of anecdotes that don’t seem to follow any pattern. A second read will really allow me to absorb what may have confused me the first time around.
Expect Just Mercy: A story of justice and redemption, by Bryan Stevenson, and The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander in the fall– those are the books that my roommate and his reading group are planning on discussing.
The books I listed are the only books that are cemented through November, but I’m really looking for some fiction to break up the heavy non-fiction that seems to make up the bulk of this list. As always, I’m open to recommendations in the comments!