Ok…I am seriously loving my new method for staying engaged while also exploring some new genres! Granted it’s the beginning of March, so I’m only two months into the year, but I’m feeling like I’m off to a really good start. Definitely going to ride that for as long as possible.
Here’s a quick summary of what I read in February and what I’m excited about reading in March (which is Women’s History month)!
Non-Fiction: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. I am listening to this on Audible and I’m not finished yet, but I cannot tell you how much I’m learning. Growing up, everything I learned about Malcolm X made him out as the ‘bad guy’ and the violent counterpart to MLK…an example of how not to get things done. Hearing Malcolm X’s story in his own words in our current racial atmosphere, is enlightening and understandable in a way that it would not have been for me even 5-10 yrs. ago. I am so grateful I chose this as my non-fiction read this February.
Social Justice/Religion: Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. by Lenny Duncan. This is a candid yet loving message to the ELCA about how people of color are treated within the Church and how as a Church we must lead the way towards reparations and reconciliation if we claim to be Christ in this world.
Biography: Fredrick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight. I learned more about the 19th century in America and the American Civil War in this book than I have over my entire life. This is a tome (no joke) so don’t pick it up unless you’re committed. 😉
Book Club: Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean by Joy McCann. Ok, the Southern Ocean wasn’t even an ‘ocean’ when I was in grade school…so needless to say I didn’t know much about it. This is a gorgeous book which follows the history of the voyages to the Southern Ocean and the discovery of Antarctica as well as the horrifying exploitation of ocean wildlife and their habitats by humans in order to make money.
Classic: Barracoon: The Story of the last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston. A unique mix of ethnography, history, and story telling. A harrowing and powerful story of one man’s experience of slavery, reconstruction, and life in early 20th century America.
On Tap for March – Women’s History Month
Non-fiction: The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
Social Justice/Religion: Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Biography: Marie Curie: A Life by Susan Quinn
Book Club: There, There by Tommy Orange
Classic: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Very excited for the March book list, all of the books I have chosen (except Book Club) are written by women, about women!! Gonna be a good month!
Read on my friends!