I am excited to give you all my February Reading line up. I know that many other bloggers and YouTubers are prolific readers, skewering seven of eight books in a month. However, I purposefully limit my monthly reading lists to three or four books and focus on quality. This month’s list keeps with my reading theme for 2018, to find diverse stories and characters.
Since it’s black history month, I decided to focus on books that talk about the black experience.
The Tree is a continuation of the series that I started last month with The Root. I can’t tell you how excited I am to dive right into this fantasy and its cast of characters. It’s a series that is both engaging and reflective of the world I see around me. The heroes are culled from a diverse array of people and experiences including a transman, a lesbian ghost, and a hijab-wearing Muslim who has yet to discover her superpower. I would recommend this to anybody.
The Book of Negroes was made into a BET mini-series which I have seen. I have read this book before, but it’s not an easy read. The suffering and evil the protagonist experiences is crushing at times, and the writer does an excellent job of making sure that you are intimately connected to her. The parts that shocked me the most are the parts where the indifference and fear of others contribute to the perpetuation of the evils. It is a silent indictment to our complicity in injustice simply by accepting it as “the way things are”. I highly recommend this book in the same way that I would highly recommend watching Roots at least once. It’s not fun, but it IS important.
And finally, An Unkindness of Ghosts is another book I am excited to read. I don’t know if you would consider this Afro-futurism, but it is a science fiction novel set on a spaceship whose social hierarchy is a replication of the antebellum south. Although it’s not mentioned in many write-ups I have heard that there are also queer characters too (so, yay for diversity). But the fundamental question that this novel revolves around is HOW. How do we dismantle oppressions? Are we willing to sabotage our entire social structure for the promise of something better? I can’t wait to find out.
If you are wondering what my favorite book was from last month take a moment to listen to my review.