It’s National Book Day, and I’m Not Reading a Book

My reading habit has tanked this year.

I made the resolution this year to only read minority authors. I have read exactly eleven books by minority authors, which is not impressive. And I’m not currently reading anything! I have no half-finished book at home!

I blame Netflix.

Here are the books by minority authors that I have read so far this year:

  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates — Amazing. A must read, especially in this turbulent, messy election year.
  • Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Marjane Strapi — An interesting look at a different culture
  • Home, by Toni Morrison — Not one of her better novellas. But not terrible.
  • A couple of essays from Bad Feminist, by Roxanne Gay — I wanted to like this collection of essays a lot more than I actually did. Maybe I’ll try again.
  • Push, by Sapphire — This was good to read. Challenging, difficult to think about. Necessary.
  • Who Asked You?, by Terry McMillan — Meh.
  • Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese — Beautiful, lyrical, stunning, moving.
  • I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai — It took me three tries to get all the way through this book. Not because it was badly written, or not compelling. I struggle with non-fiction, and this story didn’t help me overcome that. This book is a definite must-read, though. The view into the foreign culture is important.
  • We Should All Be Feminists — This slim volume, based on the TED Talk, especially in conjunction with books like I am Malala and Push, did leave me thinking, “Wait a minute. Why aren’t we all feminists??”
  • Flight and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie — WOW. I had never read Alexie before. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is probably the most affecting fiction I’ve read in a long time. This will go on a summer reading list for my children at some point. Flora wanted to read it, but I told her she needed to wait a couple of years.

I also read Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. Sides in not a minority writer, but the book is about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his assassin, AND it was non-fiction, so I’m putting it on my minority subject shelf.

I also read two books by the whitest male author in America, and I can’t apologize for that. (End of Watch and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.)

What are you reading?

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