I only finished four books this week, but they were all wonderful… and I have several books in process that I’m reading with groups, so I’m happy with my progress.
Books I finished
I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin Goodreads
I read the book first, but it’s really a companion to the film. I highly recommend watching, then reading. Baldwin envisioned writing his story of America through the lives and deaths of his murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. While he never finished it, Peck’s documentary draws on Baldwin’s writings and interviews. The book is good. The documentary is phenomenal. You should watch it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️book/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️film
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin Goodreads
As I got closer to the end of this third book of the Broken Earth trilogy, I started to be sad to see it end. Jemisin is an incredible writer and the world she has created in this series is so intricate and finely crafted that I just got lost in it. This book couldn’t possibly have ended more perfectly. If you like sci-fi fantasy dystopian, and you appreciate stellar storytelling, this series might be for you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An Elegant Woman by Martha McPhee Goodreads
The reviews I’ve seen for this book are very mixed, but I loved it. Beautifully written multi-generational saga that is about women, history, life, death, and all of the messy stuff in between. I liked it so much I blogged about it here on the blog. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Goodreads
Novels told in verse don’t always work for me, but this one is brilliant, especially on audio read by the author. It took me through all of the feels… very nicely written, emotional coming-of-age story of a young Latina woman trying to navigate growing up, first love, religion, and a very strict mother and the way she uses poetry to find herself. If anything I would have loved for it to be longer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
What I’m working on
I’ve actually got three books in progress right now, all buddy reads for our Litsy Jane Austen group. I laughing my way through Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, enthralled by Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe, and really enjoying Evelina by Frances Burney.
And as if that wasn’t enough Sense & Sensibility for one person, I also had a Zoom watch party of the 1995 movie with some of my fellow club members today. So much fun!