I’ve been wanting to write and I’ve been wanting to write posts, but it’s been hard for me right now. I stayed silent yesterday in honor of #blackouttuesday and to listen and learn. In my desire to want to write, I realized how extremely privileged I am that my biggest concern right now is what to read or write. I’m starting to read and research and figure out what I can do to learn and help.
I picked up a version of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo that has both the audio and Kindle versions. I started listening to it yesterday and I’m already learning and questioning myself. When I was looking at purchasing this book, I was so impressed to see that it was at the top of the charts on Amazon. As soon as I finish writing this blog, I plan on going for a walk and continue listening to it. I haven’t even gotten very far and I think this should be on white people’s reading list. Is written by a white woman from the white perspective and sheds light on our privilege and how our actions impact black people. It’s a topic that make so many white people uncomfortable and it’s so much easier for people to avoid what makes them uncomfortable. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that when I’m the most uncomfortable, then I’m on the right path for greater knowledge.
I’m reading the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, purely for escapism reasons. I want to learn and I want to help but I need a break here and there. This is that break. It’s a fantasy book that I can easily get sucked into. I really enjoyed the first in the series when I read it last year. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally get to the second. It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten a lot of the first story. Luckily, in reading the second it’s all coming back to me. I’m reading the Kindle edition that finally became available from my library.
One of my picks from last month’s choices for Book of the Month is A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight. I want to read the BOTM books I got for last month prior to receiving my June’s picks. I’ve already read my other BOTM pick from last month, so I just need to read this one. It’s ok so far. I’m having a bit of a hard time getting into it. It may be that I’m distracted with everything that is going on in the world and I’ve been tired the last couple of days.
The rest of the books that I’m reading are all books that I talked about in my previous Currently Reading post and actually, I haven’t touched any of them, other than Deep Play, since that last post:
Deep Play by Diane Ackerman
The Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kidd
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
Villette by Charlotte Bronte