What I’m Reading Now (6/8/20)

what I'm reading now


That was quite a week. I’ve realized how much I have to learn and I’ve been thinking about how to authentically move forward in this space (including the podcast and the blog) in a better way. I’ll be reading and listening to learn more (I’m using this list from Traci at The Stacks Podcast to guide my reading / listening) and I’ll be seeking out more authors of color whose books I’m super excited about highlighting on the blog and on Instagram…and looking to have more guests of color on the podcast.


Since I record my podcast episodes so far in advance, I already have episodes recorded through July. But, I’m planning to release a bonus episode (available to all listeners) sharing some of my favorite books by black authors on Wednesday, June 17.


There was no new podcast episode this week.

A full length episode featuring Kimberly McCreight (author of A Good Marriage) will air this Wednesday, June 10.

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I finished reading…

what I'm reading now


Want by Lynn Steger Strong (July 7, 2020)
“Like/love” aren’t really the right words for how I felt about this book because it is pretty bleak, but I’d also say accurate. I found myself saying “yes, exactly” many times as I was reading. This won’t appeal to everyone, but if you like character-driven books about women being overwhelmed with life and don’t mind dark stories, it could be for you! Mini review to come.
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (July 14, 2015) – AUDIOBOOK
Book 1 of my effort to learn and understand. It was a good start. The #1 thing I learned was the risk that black bodies are under every day…and what it’s like to live with this fear and anxiety. Something I hadn’t really considered before. I think this might’ve worked slightly better for me in print because Coates’ language is elevated and I found myself wanting to re-read particular lines to make sure I fully got them, which is more cumbersome on audio for me.
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I’m currently reading…

what I'm reading now


Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (April 21, 2020)
This buzzy thriller finally came in from the library and I’m enjoying it at 20%. The first thing I noticed about it was that I really liked the writing, which is rarely the first thing I notice about a thriller. 
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Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (March 10, 2020) – AUDIOBOOK
Book 2 of my effort to learn and understand. I only just started this one (I’ve listened to about 15 minutes), so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts once I make more progress!
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Upcoming reading plans…

Running by Natalia Sylvester


Running by Natalia Sylvester (July 14, 2020)
I shared this YA novel about a young, Cuban American girl whose father is running for office in the Spring 2020 Book Preview podcast episode, but its publication date was moved to July. 
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  1. Tina wrote:

    I totally agree with you about Coates’ book on audio. I love his narration, but I definitely had to switch to print my first time around.

    I’m happy to see that your eyes have been opened too- looking forward to hearing from more guests of color on your podcast. <3

    Posted 6.8.20 Reply
    • Patricia wrote:

      Agree. This book is short but very dense. I thought, “I’ll listen to this while I do ABC around the house.” Nope! This one requires focus. And it’s 100% worth it.

      Posted 6.8.20 Reply
  2. I just finished listening to Between the World and Me, too. I got a lot out of it, but would also like a print copy. I did a lot of rewinding and know that for this journey of learning that so many of us are on, print is going to be the best way for me to go. Even Kindle (which I normally love) is hard.

    Posted 6.8.20 Reply
  3. Rachel Martin wrote:

    I have Pretty Things on my TBR, I will probably get into it next. Right now I am reading The Dark Land by DM Shepard. It’s a Horror Novella and it’s very good. I love a good scare and this one fit’s that bill perfectly!

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply

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