So, I said that I want to read these 24 books in 2017:
I have read exactly two of them:
Yeah, so this definitely deserves the hype. It took me a few chapters to get into it and then I was hooked. I will also say that as a black woman whose rage levels are at their peak right now, this really got to some of the stuff that is bothering me, so for that, I am truly grateful.
I have too much to say about this book to fit in a pithy Goodreads review, but I’ll try.
First of all, I listened to the audio version and Robin Miles is perfection.
Second, the biggest takeaway I have from this book is what I already knew: when you give black people access to education and opportunity, we are capable of more than anyone ever thought of. WHY WOULDN’T WE BE? Education + opportunity. That’s all we need to be great, which is why it was (and still is a lot of the time, to be frank) denied to us.
You want to make America great? Invest in education and opportunities. That is all.
I think it’s safe to say I’m making slow progress.
The problem is, I think, that they’re almost all pretty heavy books with serious subject matter, and I am at the end of the semester and the world is terrible, so I need some fun books to read. It is entirely possible that in May I’ll be ready to tackle more of them. But for now, I’m probably going to just not do that.
I also have to unpack my copy of the Hamilton book, which is…somewhere.
Full disclosure: I did try the Hamilton audiobook but I was not prepared for the narrator to be anyone other than LMM, so I returned it to the library. I also checked out Hope in the Dark; 1984; Homegoing; and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet but ran out of time to read them so had to return them to the library. Also, The Art of Fiction is sitting on my desk at work. So that’s where we are.
Once I figure out the huge stack of library books I have sitting on my bedside table, I think I will tackle King of Attolia, though. I think it might help break me out of my current reading slump.
1. Black No More by George S. Schuyler
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War by David S. Cecelski
4. The Mother by Yvvette Edwards
5. Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu by Yi Shun Lai
6. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
7. Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married by Nancy Rubin Stuart
8. Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings
9. Josephine Baker: The Hungry Heart by Jean-Claude Baker
10. The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refused to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamail
11. Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez
12. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
13. March: Book One by John Robert Lewis
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
16. Trade Me by Courtney Milan
17. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
18. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
19. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
20. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
21. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
22. Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
23. True Love: A Story of English Domestic Life by Sarah E. Farro
24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley