I’m extremely new to audiobooks, with my only prior experience being the short stories listed in my “Audio Gems in The New Yorker” post from last month. That said, I was interested to explore something new, and got a discounted subscription to Audible on Livingsocial. My first (very successful) listen was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I knew that for my next one, I’d want it to pick something both more recent and more in line for a blog dedicated to diverse lit. I’m reading A Little Life right now, which is extremely interesting, and will no doubt…
This month has been absolutely crazy– I hosted a challenge for the 24 Read-a-thon, was featured by another blog, read for ARC April, started listening to audiobooks, got into multiple comics/webcomics, and was retweeted by Jesse Williams. It was a great month for experimentation, and I’m hoping some of these things stick with me in future months.
I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together. Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth Beyoncé’s Lemonade release has left a wealth of conversation in its wake: conversations about black womanhood, spousal infidelity, Beyoncé’s involvement in Black Lives Matter. The music was great, as was the Daughters of the Dusk- esque imagery, punctuated by some of the most significant black women of the moment. Everything, down to the costuming and makeup, seemed to have meaning.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Short Rating: Parable of the Sower proves why Octavia Butler is hailed as an amazing fiction author. Conscious and spiritual, but never judgmental, it’s a great read for those looking for something different.
I’ve been a little bit slow with books this week. I’ve finished Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, but still haven’t finished The Association of Small Bombs. I was set to do so tonight, but there’s a good reason why I haven’t. Confirmation. For those unaware, Anita Hill was a law professor who accused then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in the workplace. The film, starring Kerry Washington, dissects the case from beginning to end, providing details that were unknown to many. The film is more unbiased than this post will be, humanizing Thomas while still leaving his character stoic…
I’d consider it a confession, but y’all probably already know this: I don’t read funny books. In fact, I’m not even all that into comedy as a genre. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be a bit of a stretch for me, but I’m including books I’ve seen recommended in addition to books I’ve already read myself. Doing that, I still didn’t get to 10. I tried. If you’d wanted me to make you sad, angry, indignant or lusty…I’d have had your back, though.
Detective Olivia Winston is a first-rate cop– she’s extremely fit, thinks fast when under pressure, and has a great partner. Despite being work-centered single woman without children, she’s very much a family woman. For Detective Winston, family is wider than those related by blood, and includes the friends and neighbors in Goslyn County she’s sworn an oath to protect.
For those unfamiliar with Marvel’s Black Panther, he’s the preeminent black superhero. Bar none. Pick this up now– don’t wait on Amazon, which won’t be shipping until the bound copies are out in September.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is something that I’d actually like to do periodically. Since we’ve already gotten through a third of the 2016, I figure it’s about time to do my quarterly list of best reads so far this year. This year has a great year for books so far, and I’m excited for what’s next. Read below for some of the best books I’ve read this year; there’s a great mix of genres, settings, and authors to pick from if you’re looking for some new reading material. If you need a little more information, click the title…
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Short Review: Rankine’s fusion of poetry, prose, and visual art is a fascinating look at everyday racism that will be very familiar to many Americans. Last night was our monthly book club meeting, and let me tell y’all– it was fantastic. Between bites from the moderately successful bibimbap bar, we discussed Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine. Citizen gained steam after a young black woman was seen reading it during a Donald Trump rally.