What We're Reading

Monday, June 8, 2020

This week I've taken a step back from the blog and social media to listen, learn, reflect, and take in all that is going on in this country with civil rights and racial relations. These issues have a long history in this country. And while I know a lot more now than I did even a week ago, I still have a lot to learn. One of the ways I am empowering myself to become better educated as well as support BIPOC is through books. I'm using my love of reading as a mechanism to become anti-racist and to support Black authors.

Here are the books we are currently reading in light of the current state of events:

What I'm Reading: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
This is the charming story of Chloe Brown, a young Black woman who admittedly leads a "boring" life. But when Chloe creates a "get a life" list in an attempt to live a little, she learns a lot about herself and others in her quest for a life as she checks off the items on her list.

What Emma Is Reading: This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
This is a book that I originally downloaded to read (the digital download is on sale for $2.99 here), but Emma opened it to check it out and ran away with it. It's a very practical approach to explaining racism from what it is to its origins to ways to disrupt it. I like that it's written in an easy to understand manner that gives human perspective rather than historical perspective.

What Harper Is Reading: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen year old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the world of her fancy suburban prep school and the world of her poor neighborhood where she lives. When Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend, the fragile line between her worlds starts to break. After the shooting makes national headlines, questions arise that only Starr can answer.

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