Day 9 – Word
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates was the best representation of Word. This letter written from a black father to his black son is a poignant must-read from Coates. It was recommended by Toni Morrison, who deemed it to be required reading. I hadn’t realized but apparently Coates is reading the audiobook. I feel like the next time I pick this one up I’ll read and listen to it simultaneously. Just to get an idea of this book, it begins like this, “Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body.” (Between the World and Me, p.5). It’s only 152 pages but you’ll be moved reading this emotional letter.
Day 10 – Heavy Read(s)
These are a few of the heavy reads I could find in my stash. I highly recommend three of the five in the stack – Heavy by Kiese Laymon which started my 2020 reading with a bang. Excellent! I read Hunger and simultaneously listened to the audiobook read by its author Roxane Gay. What a poignant read that made me feel all kind of emotions as well. The third book on this list is Beloved. I really remember how this book made me profoundly sad. These three heavy books will surely become modern classics because they take readers to raw realness. Now The Darkest Child we already talked about, very heavy but I will definitely be checking it out, especially since a lot of my followers over on Instagram highly recommended it to me. And last but not least Medical Apartheid which was recommended to me by a friend. This one should be a must read for everybody so they can learn about the contributions black Americans have brought to the medical field. Despite the heaviness of this book I will be checking it out in November for Nonfiction November. Can you think of any other heavy books that you’d like to recommend? Let’s chat below.
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