Hosted by La La in the Library
Some of you may have noticed a slight shift in my reading these past few weeks. This is due to the fact that I’m sort of tired of using reading as an escape from reality all the time. It doesn’t fix anything and while I do learn things from my normal reading, it’s rarely everything things that will allow me to make a difference outside of my four walls. I still fully plan to read my normal fantasy and sci-fi fare, I’m just supplementing in some reads that will help me gain understanding of the world around me.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Goodreads
This one reads a lot differently than I was expecting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing…it’s just different. I can see why so many people have a hard time getting into it. So far I’m enjoying it though. It’s a rather grim reality, but a wholly plausible one, and a lot of message in this really applies well to society now. This has to go back to this library this evening, so hopefully I get it finished. (I do this a lot it seems)
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Goodreads
This is a collection of essays and even some poems on what race can mean personally, historically, publicly, and culturally in today’s society. I’m over half way done with it (pausing to finish Handmaid) and I’m really loving this collection. I think it really provides a good mix of voices that could help someone unaware understand the racial problems that persist today as well as a take a look at pride in oneself.
Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks – Goodreads
This is the Litsy Feminist Book club pick for this round (N0v 15th to Dec 15th). With the top two out of the way I really need to crack this one open soon.
George by Alex Gino – Goodreads
I found this through my searches for books to complete my Read Harder challenge, and I’m super excited for it! It’s a middle grade novel focusing on gender identity and being transgender. It’s really short it shouldn’t take me very long to get through it either.