The month of October was a whirlwind but I read 11 books and although I felt like quitting my book goal of 113 a few times in October, I kept pushing through. But for real though I’m TIYAD!
This reading game ain’t no joke 😂
But I’m glad to say that in October I read some really amazing books. It’s hard to choose a favourite of the month but I LOOOOVVVEEEED ‘The Underground Railroad’ and ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz.’ Which funny enough, were both historical books, that deal with oppression and survival.
And although I wrote off reading any books about slavery awhile ago, I made the exception to finally pick up “The Underground Railroad” after reading “The Nickel Boys” also by Colson Whitehead.
So what else did I read? Here they are…
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
This book was written for white people and I can appreciate the lessons and the way the author highlights things people should know but still don’t. Race is still one of the topics that are difficult to discuss is an open way.
Recently, in Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was called out for dressing in ‘Black Face’ on a few occasions. And while the question about if Trudeau was racist circulated I think the bigger question that was left out of the conversation was Trudeau’s lack of cultural awareness.
I’ve been the recipient of microaggressions by whites on many occasions and God forbid that I actually speak out against them and address race, most times whites get uncomfortable and shut it down. They won’t even discuss it. That to me is a problem, and what this book does is helps bridge the gap for a conversation.
This Black Girl’s Rating: 4 Stars
▪️Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – This Black Girl’s Rating: 4 Stars
▪️I’ve Got your number by Sophia Kinsella – This Black Girl’s Rating: 3 Stars
▪️The Huntress by Kate Quinn- This Black Girl’s Rating: 4 Stars
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Where do I begin with this one? I’m so grateful that this story was told, I loved the book but I loved more how it illustrated the will of the human spirit. Surviving an ordeal like the Holocaust is no easy feat and the way the story is told is both touching, sad and inspiring.
This Black Girl’s Rating: 5 stars
▪️Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis – This Black Girl’s Rating: 4 Stars
▪️A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian – This Black Girl’s Rating: 3.5 stars
▪️Whisky in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon – This Black Girl’s Rating: 3 stars
▪️The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – This Black Girl’s Rating: 3.5 stars
How we Fight for our Lives by Saeed Jones
This is a biography of Jones’ life and things that shaped him but it also packed with elements that profoundly connect him to poetry, to every black person that came before him in this country, and to many of us who grew up dreaming of a chance at upward social mobility through education that we couldn’t afford. I loved this book.
This Black Girl’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
How many books did you read last month?
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