I don’t usually make TBRs because I have a lot of trouble following them. Remember I’m Fickle Fred. I’m totally capable of quitting a book for no apparent reason, sometimes even when I’m enjoying it. I know strange. So my TBR list for February is eclectic but interesting – Tar Baby by Toni Morrison, A Red Death by Walter Mosley, Buffalo Dance The journey of York and When Winter Come The Ascension of York by Frank X Walker, The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis, Halsey Street by Naima Coster, and Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley. There is one debut novel, one Middle Grade, 2 Poetry books, 1 detective novel, and a great American Classic, which is a reread. I feel like if I can manage to get through all of these then I can maybe work in a 400+ page book towards the end of the month. Big plans! Let’s see if I can keep my eyes on the books I’ve chosen. I’m mostly looking forward to rereading Tar Baby. It’s been a long while since I picked it up. I remember it sparking some lively discussions in college. I hope it will do the same during our discussions on Goodreads. So what are you picking up this month? Will you be exclusively reading African-American authors? Are you joining me in reading Tar Baby?
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This is the second year that Olive from abookolive and Gemma from Non Fic Books are hosting #NonfictionNovember over on Booktube. It entails reading as much nonfiction as you want in the month of November. It’s already the first of November, so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce it to you in case you’d be interested in joining in. There is a Goodreads group called Nonfiction November that you can join and partake in the discussions and they have already begun. The hostesses have chosen four general categories for the reading challenges: New, Fascinating, Controversial, Important.
So here are the books I’ve chosen to read this month in honor of nonfiction.
New: I’ve chosen The Night Wanderers Uganda’s Children and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Wojciech Jagielski. I received it from my Booktube friend Kamil from WhatKamilReads for my birthday. You should check him out becuase he always suggests great books and lately loads of great nonfiction recommendations. I’m counting on this book to really entice me to read more nonfiction regularly. He sent me this book before I had decided to do #NonficitonNovember. So I guess you could say it came at just the right moment.
Fascinating: I’ve chosen 2 books for this category. The first one is Jhuma Lahiri’s In other Words, where she talks about learning Italian and moving her family to Italy. Since I teach English and am always interested in the way people go about learning languages I figured that this one would be perfect. I also chose a second book which also fits well under fascinating and it’s called Soldier A Poet’s Childhood by June Jordan. She was a prolific poet, essayist, and author (writing African American Literature and LGBT Literature) who isn’t talked about enough. She died in 2002 at the age of 65. I’m excited to get to this memoir of her childhood and to follow-up with more of her work later.
Controversial: I wasn’t sure what to choose for this category so I’m reading Negroland by Margo Jefferson. Now I’m not really sure if it’s controversial but I think it might be since Jefferson’s memoir covers her life as part of upper crust Chicago in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. This is a point of view that we rarely hear about and I suspect some people don’t think it really exists. I’ll be buddy reading it with 2 other Booktubers: Manika Wangata and Kathleen Ann. You should also go check out their channels. We’d decided to read this together over a month ago and we are all really excited about it.
Important: Obviously I had to choose Hidden Figures The Untold Story of the African American Women who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Learning about these intelligent, not talked about black women, is very high up on my list. I can’t wait to get into the book. There is also a movie adaptation for those who prefer seeing the movie first, which is going to be released December 25th 2016, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. I’m sure this going to be a must see.
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