2021 Reading Challenge
I used to be an avid reader growing up. I loved going to the library and picking out my next novel as a pre-teen and still love walking into a Barnes and Noble today. (Anyone remember when Waldenbooks was a thing? That place was my JAM as a kid).
Grad school put me in a funk with reading for awhile. I was totally over reading, thinking, discussing, critiquing, blah, blah, blah that I barely picked up a book throughout the latter half of 2020 and really let myself go on trash television. We're talking a whole lot of "Love is Blind", "Too Hot too Handle", and "The Bachelor". I could feel my brain withering away.
Now it's 2021 and I realized I have a ton of books in my personal library that I have never touched. A few summers ago (pre-Grad school), I went on a purchasing spree of books, telling myself I would have a summer of reading; however, I let life get crazy busy with traveling and children's theatre and by the end I found myself sitting in on meetings on the first day of school asking myself, "Whoa, where did summer go?"
So with a new year here and Covid-19 still taking her toll on our country and our world forcing life as we typically know it to be pretty quiet, I figured this would be the perfect year to reconnect with reading. Below you will find a list of books, their reviews and/or synopsis, and the month in which I plan to read them. I invite you to join me and read along with me throughout the year, possibly having a chance to engage in some conversation about the books and what they have to offer us as readers.
Be sure to follow me on instagram to tag along with me as I read these books throughout the year. Also, feel free to shoot me a DM if you find yourself reading the same book as me and what to discuss it!
and as always...
“Becoming is inspirational without trying to be. From the first words, the very warmth that permeates its author emanates from the pages. . . . Becoming manages to be a coming-of-age tale, a love story and a family saga all in one. More importantly, this book is a reminder that America is still a work-in-progress, and that hope can be an action word if we allow it to be. Becoming is a balm that America needs, from a woman America does not yet deserve.”—Angie Thomas, Time
“Deeply personal and refreshingly honest . . . She’s thoughtful, humorous, bracingly revealing, and when it’s time, she does us all the favor of showing us the human side of a man worshipped by so many. . . . It’s human and genuine and welcoming to see the layers of humanity she holds open. . . . Michelle Obama’s story can maybe inspire you to find a path for your own story.”—Shonda Rhimes, Shondaland
“A complex, accomplished life recounted with confidence and candor . . . Every page sparkles with directness and grace.”—Douglas Brinkley, The Boston Globe
—The New Yorker
“[T]houghtful, instructive, and comprehensive . . . This slim book is impressive in its scope and complexity; DiAngelo provides a powerful lens for examining, and practical tools for grappling with, racism today.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“White Fragility is a book everyone should be exposed to. With any luck, most who are will be inspired to search themselves and interrupt their contributions to racism.”
—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
“A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work.”
“A vital, necessary, and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now.”
—Michael Eric Dyson
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Ficition
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection • A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.