It’s time for another round up of what I read! I did read quite a bit in June. It’s notoriously a slow month for me, pandemic or not, so I try to just relish the slower days.
THE KNOCKOUT QUEEN: 5/5 Stars
This one surprised me. It’s about two teenage neighbors who become unlikely close friends– one boy who is gay and an athletic, very tall girl. People were raving about it, so I picked it up and went for it. Wow, the writing was phenomenal– especially the character development.
Reese Witherspoon added Austin Channing Brown’s book this month for her book club selection. I downloaded the Kindle version and read it in one weekend. I thought it was pretty moving and have since recommended it to a bunch of friends. I think a good chunk of it is best served for women involved with churches, but I still found the read to be incredibly valuable. My ONLY issue with it is that I wish it had been longer and gone more in depth– it only just begins to scratch the surface. With that said, Austin Channing Brown was on Brene Brown’s podcast and I thought her interview was amazing. Truly one of the best things I consumed about anti-racism in the month of June.
A WOMAN IS NO MAN: 4.25/5 Stars
I really liked this book. It’s brilliantly written by an Arab-American woman Etaf Rum about what it’s like to be a Muslim woman. Spanning across generations, it tells the story of a women from one family as they enter into marriages. It’s… intense and often depressing. Honestly I found it hard to read because the circumstances seemed so bleak. Powerful and emotional.
THE VANISHING HALF: 5/5
Best. Book. I’ve. Read. This. Year. READ IT and then come back to me so we can discuss. I felt a little iffy about the book in the beginning and then found myself completely sucked in. It’s about Black, but light skinned, twins who runaway from their family home in Louisiana. The two twins end up leaving completely different lives: one marries the darkest man she can find in DC and the other passes as white. I thought it was genius.
A BURNING: 4/5
A Burning is one of the more unique books I’ve read. I found it super confusing at the beginning, like I couldn’t figure out what I was reading, but by page 100 everything clicks into place and it ends up being a very compelling story. Again though, this one is a heavy read. It follows various characters in India following a terrorist attack and exposes India’s classes, corruption, and political system. If you’re looking for a light summer read, skip this, but if you’re looking for something unique and powerful, give it a try.
Patsy was really, really good. It is told from two perspectives: mother and child. The mother, Patsy, leaves her daughter and life behind in Jamaica to live in America with her best friend. Tru, her daughter, was a small child when her mother left. Tru continues to grow up with her father and step mother in Jamaica while she defines her own gender and sexual identities and Patsy goes on her own journey of love while trying to “make it” in America. You really get swept into the characters’ worlds.