Read This Week
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s first autobiography runs the length of human emotions, from devastating to hopeful – totally worth reading, and I’m looking forward to picking up the next installment at some point.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
This story about a young Latina girl coming of age during one of New York City’s darkest years is inspiring for anyone who’s feeling a little hopeless at this point in our country’s history.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
I sincerely wish I was in a college sociology course for this book. It’s practically begging for discussion.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
I’ve hardly dug into this at all, but I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing journey. Morrison’s language sucks me in, no matter how sad I know the story will be.
Up Next This Week
I still have The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in my queue, but I’m open to suggestions for the rest of February.
- The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (releasing 2/21)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (releasing 2/28)
- Whatever Happened to Interracial Love (short stories by Kathleen Collins)
I’m open to suggestions for any authors of color I should check out?
Writing Life Update
This week, my goal was to hit 12,000 words by the end of today. Suffice to say, it’s been a rough week emotionally. Our 14-year-old wolamute has bad hips and slipped on some ice, so I’ve been distracted worrying about her, but she’s slowly recovering for now. Staying focused on my goals is pretty much the only thing keeping me sane right now, but I was only able to eek out 8,000 words this week. I’m trying to focus on my mental/emotional health and let the words come when they will.