Black History Month is finally here and has taken off with a blast! Here’s where the photo challenge is at the moment for me:
Day 1: ReadSoulLit TBR
I’m a Booktube Prize judge this year and will be judging the first round which is happening this month. This won’t deter me from picking up these three novels I’ve chosen to honor reading black American authors during Black History Month. The Last Thing You Surrender is by seasoned writer Leonard Pitts, Jr. This is the ReadSoulLit Readalong pick for February. This is the first book I’ll be reading by Pitts, Jr. I’m really looking forward to it. This time period (the 1940s specifically World War II era) is one I find most interesting to read about in fiction novels. If you’re still interested in joining the read along group on Goodreads click this link to join us. It’s not too late. I’m sure the reading is going to be engrossing and the discussions thought-provoking.
The second book on my TBR is a debut called Stateway’s Garden by Jasmon Drain. Gifted to me by Penguin Random House, whom I thank graciously, I look forward to seeing how this memoir compares to the poignant, unforgettable, and brilliantly written Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon that was my first read of 2020. Stateway’s Garden takes place in a housing project on the south side of Chicago. It’s set in the mid-eighties and is a collection of linked short stories.
The third book in my stack is called Seeds of Deception by Arlene L. Walker. This is another debut novel which was released last summer. I don’t remember hearing a thing about it but after I caught a glimpse of the cover on the author’s Instagram page I was immediately interested. “A clash between Cherokee Indians and their former African slaves come to a head in the tribal town of Feather Falls.” (back cover Seeds of Deception). How could I pass on a story like this. I’ll be keeping you informed once I’m finished on what I think about Seeds of Deception in an upcoming review.
Day 2: Sci-fi High
If you’ve been following me for a while you all know that me and sci-fi just don’t get along when it comes to reading. I’m fine with it if it’s a film but for some reason I have trouble absorbing all the world building that goes along with the enjoyment of complex sci-fi stories. In spite of this, last year I had the pleasure of reading the Xenogenesis series by Octavia E. Butler and really enjoyed it. In particular I enjoyed Dawn which is the first book of the trilogy. Dawn was mysterious, psychological, and sociological with just the right amount of science fiction to keep me interested throughout. Lilith is a character that the reader can immediately relate to and root for. The mystery in Dawn is at an all time high and will keep you riveted to the pages. I highly recommend it. Check out the video below of N.K. Jemisin talking about Dawn and her reactions to reading it for the first time.
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