It is undeniable. These past few months have been the strangest of my life. On the one hand, they have been positive: I have focused my energies and attention to things I love, developed my hobbies. On the other hand, they have been terrifying. Anxious. Constrictive. We also had and still have Black Lives Matter, and JKR’s transphobia.
During this whirlwind of emotions, I have read some good books, and that’s what I am here to talk about today.
Two of the six I will mention today are by black authors, and one by a white author about white fragility. These include a sci-fi, a non fiction, and a contemporary. These three books have had a significant impact on me, and I am still thinking about them.
These are Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler, a sci-fi novel about a black woman who is pulled back in time during slavery in the US. This novel is fast paced but does not shy away from delving deep into the inhuman horrors of slavery.
White Fragility is written by Robin Diangelo, a white woman who talks about her experience and white fragility, explaining how racism is systemic and inescapable, but that this is no excuse to avoid fighting against it. She reports on statistics and writes very clearly about these topics.
Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams packs a punch. It tells the story of a black young professional woman in London, and her experience with the fetishization of the black body among other things. Click here for a full review.
I have also enjoyed The Diviners, by Libba Bray, a historical fiction supernatural novel set in 1920s New York. Here is the Beehive, by Sarah Crossan, a verse novel about a toxic affair between two married people. And Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson, a classic, contact with aliens sci-fi.
Let me know what you have read and loved during lockdown!
Until next time,