during this pandemic. Maybe not as many as I should be reading, but I know I’ve reached my goal for the year on Goodreads. During this time I’ve found that it was hard to find a good book that really captured my attention. Just a few highlights on some.
After the death of George Floyd in MSP there was a wide array of books recommended for reading. Two of them caught my eye.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
I’ve never read anything by James Baldwin. Well I guess I shouldn’t say that as I probably did when I took Afro-American Lit in high school. This certainly was an eye opener even today. It brought insight into the civil rights movement, which as an adult I really needed to revisit, especially during this time. It definitely is a classic in our literature.
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
This was a tough book to listen too. Not because I didn’t like it but because it was painful. Painful in the fact that in ways I saw myself in his description of people. It made me realize how much work I personally have to do to really be an antiracist. It took me into a real awareness of not being color blind and what the next steps are to creating a truly just and equitable society. I’ve got lots of work to do!
For my birthday our MSP contingency gave me a 3 month subscription to the Book of the Month club. Now, I love my kindle but there truly is nothing like holding a real book in your hands. So I was really excited to explore the books! My first choice was…
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I love a good thriller and this was right up there with the best of them. The twists and turns to the story pretty much kept me guessing until the very end! Excellent read!
My second choice…
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Another excellent choice! A mystery/love story, mother daughter relationship story with 2 lives intertwined into the story. It was an interesting read as it brings in the history and life of a Korean American immigrant and the difficulties she had facing her and her daughter.
So I’ve done a ton of reading during this time and I have a ton more to go. Now to just stay away from Candy Crush and I’d probably “crush” the rest of my reading list!