24 Books to Christmas – Day 4

baubles24 Books to Christmas is really making me look back on my past reading. There are so many really great books that I’ve read in the recent past but also in the far away past.  I decided to go with The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race for day 4.

The Fire This Time  was released in 2016.  It is an anthology that was edited by National Book Award Winner, Jesmyn Ward.  It’s a collection of 17 essays by some of the top black American writers of the moment. Discussing race these essays are all poignant and thought-provoking.  While its title is inspired by Baldwin’s, The Fire Next Time, Jesmyn Ward brought these essays together as a response to the ongoing atrocities happening to blacks and people of color in the United States.  You surely won’t forget them.

Sadly I feel like this collection was hardly pushed in the book influencer community at its release.  I wonder if that was because of the subject matter, or because it’s an anthology, or both.  Please comment below and let me know what you think the reason could be.

You’ll read powerful essays from Isabel Wilkerson, Kiese Laymon, Mitchell S. Jackson, Edwidge Danticat, Daniel José Older, and more.  The Fire This Time is accessible and not very long for those that find long essay collections a put off.  The collection is separated into 3 parts:  Legacy, Reckoning, and Jubilee, which represent some of “the darkest corners of American history” (The Fire This Time inside book flap)the fire this time.   I recommend this essay collection to readers looking for and excellent nonfiction read, readers who desire to learn more about living in the United States as a black person, and who are interested in reading nonfiction pieces from some of their favorite black authors.

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

Publisher:  Scribner

Pages:  215

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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24 Books to Christmas – Day 3

baublesToday I’m proposing something a little different.  I’ve recently got back into journaling last month with Comfy Cozy Up‘s #ajournalmood writing challenge over on Instagram. We journaled every day  in November to a different prompt word. We then posted a short video of ourselves journaling or of a picture of our journal page for the day along with some great music to match.

This was such a wonderful idea.  I couldn’t believe how well my writing flowed.  But, most of all I was surprised at how much I looked forward to each new prompt word to write on each day.  I highly recommend it for beginners who are trying to get into the mood of journaling.

So this all gave me the idea to suggest The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration.  This book was recommended to me by Leslie from Folklore and Literacy blog.  She suggested I pick it up to get into journaling because the premise is simply to make lists weekly on various subjects year round. For example, you could make lists on your favorite characters from books, movies, etc., list your favorite quotes, the difficult moments in your past that have shaped you for the better, the things you would change in your life right now if you could, your quirks, etc.

The book is separated into 4 sections. Each section is represented by a season, with thethe 52 first season being Winter. There are 13 lists to be made in each section.  I’ve decided to add this to my daily journaling in 2020 to see what extra will come out of my journaling. I won’t be writing in my beautiful hardcover copy because I’d like to keep it in case I’d like to redo this list making in a few years.

This book would make an excellent gift. It’s something different for people who like to put pen to paper or people who would like to try but they are feeling intimidated.  I foresee this as something interesting and easy to follow since it’s a list per week and not everyday. Not to mention, img_1665each page is lined in case you’d like to write directly in the book.

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration – Moorea Seaol

Publisher:  Sasquatch Books Seattle

Pages: 143

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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24 Book to Christmas – Day 2

Today’s recommendation was an easy choice –  The Word : Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing edited by Marita Golden came to mind as soon as I woke up this morning.  I read The Word last month as a recommendation by my friend Rosa.  She said it was a book she found enlightening and informative. Agreed. The Word was that and much more.

If you don’t know who  Marita Golden is, she wrote a novel called The Wide Circumference of Love which was released in 2017.  I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it or any of her other works for the moment you better believe it is on my #backlistbooksbliss discovery list for 2020.  The premise of The Word is reading 13 interviews from various writers conducted by Marita Golden about how reading and writing transformed them. You’ll read inspiring interviews from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Pearl Cleage, J. California Cooper, Edwidge Danticat, Nikki Giovanni and many more.

I picked this one up for Nonfiction November and it was a lovely short but inspirational read.  What more to get me in the mood to write more frequently and with intention.  If this book taught me anything it’s that there is no wrong way or right way to write a book.  I recommend it to understand some very well known writers better.  I also recommend it to people who are looking for black authors they may not know but should read because they are all very important ones. Last but not least, you’ll get a bunch of backlist book recommendations from brilliant writers to round off your TBR lists. The Word is a hidden jewel that should not be missed.  It would make a wonderful Christmas gift to avid readers and people who are interested in writing.

The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing –  edited by Marita Golden

Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks

Pages: 209

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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24 Books to Christmas: Day 1

baublesI know it’s been a while since I’ve been on here but my life took quite the turn mid-June and through me off the track of a lot of the things I had planned to do, in particular here on the blog. So let’s get on to the positive. What is 24 books to Christmas? 24 Books to Christmas is my chance to introduce you to 24 books I think you’d like and that you could even give as a gift for Christmas or any other celebratory moment.  So let’s get started with the first book:

Born on a Tuesday is going to be the first book I’m recommend.  I had the pleasure of rereading it last week to participate in a literary event that took place on Saturday in Paris hosted by Book and Brunch Paris and La Cene Littéraiare.  Elnathan John, winner of Le Prix les Afriques, was there answering our questions and speaking passionately about Born on a Tuesday, Be(com)ing Nigerian, and on the importance of black authors telling their own stories.

Born on a Tuesday is a coming-of-age story of Ahmad alias Dantala.  The story begins with Dantala hanging with a gang of street boys in Bayan Layi.  We continue to follow is growth as he changes while Islamic fundamentalism is growing in the very mosque that is his home.  this story is perfectly written in an endearing first person and Elnathan John leaves no stone unturned concerning the character development and storyline.

I recommend this one for lovers of Nigerian literature, coming-of-age stories, and stories img_1643that delve into culture and religion.  The book does contain some sexual content and violence neither of which are gratuitous.  I’d say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and in 2017 when I read it the first time.

Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John

Publisher: Cassava Republic

Pages: 261

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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