Currently Reading: August 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Hi friends. I've been overcomplicating how I want to share my book reviews and such on this blog. So instead of worrying about how it all looks as a whole, I thought I would stop fixating on that and just share SOMETHING.

Since I was required to read 35+ books earlier this year for my controversial literature course in grad school, my interest in reading has developed into something more regular and frequent. I point to my class as the reason for this because I still "forced" myself to pick up a book even though I didn't feel like reading. Of course, I didn't want to stop once I started. It wasn't that I didn't want to read before, but more so that I ... did not have the discipline to sit myself down and struggle for the first five minutes. It's that first five minutes, not reading, that I didn't want to encounter. It was like this before, which I'm sure you may be familiar with: I sit down with my book, ready to read for hours. Then I pick up my phone and scroll through Instagram to share what I'm reading. Then I go to Twitter to see what other people are up to, and Instagram again ... until I realize I'm supposed to be reading—but oops, now it's time to go to bed. Only ten pages read. I definitely still have those days, don't get me wrong! But now I'm better at facing that initial five-minute struggle because I've built a tolerance for it and removed distractions. If I don't scroll for the first five minutes and, instead, focus only on reading, I am much more likely to keep at it and forget about everything else!

Anyway, I say all that to preface the fact that I've been reading a lot. Much more than I have in the past couple of years. But sitting down with my notes and organizing all my thoughts is a different story. So let me warm up and just start by talking about what I'm currently reading 🤣

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (18%)
In an attempt to read more from my physical TBR, I picked up my fourth Taylor Jenkins Reid book last night. I've loved everything I've read from TJR so far, so I know this one won't disappoint. One True Loves follows a woman named Emma, who loses her husband after his helicopter goes missing. Years later, she is engaged to Sam (somewhat of a second-chance romance) and finds out her husband is actually alive. All of TJR's stories seem to explore difficult relational topics—which I really love, even though they make my heart hurt. Before starting One True Loves, just thinking about the synopsis made me sweat (how could Emma choose between two guys she loves so much???) but I kind of have a good idea of where this is going already! There is a guy I prefer for Emma, so consider my anxiety slightly relieved lol.

Circe by Madeline Miller (24%)
My plan was to start this at the beginning of July and finish by the end of the month for Curl Up Club, but neither of those things happened 😬 I knew it would take me a long time to read, which is why I delayed starting it, but now it's become one of those books I've abandoned because I wanted to read something quick instead. My new plan now is to take small bites and read one chapter a day. That's very doable. Anyway, it's not a bad book! I love how Madeline Miller illustrates the story with her words. The style and subject matter is just foreign to me, so I have to discipline myself to be okay with reading something different. I really do see the appeal and completely understand why so many people say excellent things about it.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds (37%)
Another book that I've been sitting with for a while now. HOWEVER! I didn't get to finish it within the three weeks I had it checked out in June, but my hold just came in again so I can continue on and hopefully finish very soon. I love the conversational tone that Jason Reynolds writes in—perfect for a younger audience to stay interested in, because it sounds like it's coming more from an older brother than a teacher. One overarching theme I constantly think about and want to share: We need to be working toward transforming racism, not transforming Black people. There is nothing wrong with Black people. "There are lazy, hardworking, wise, unwise, harmless, and harmful individuals of every race, but no racial group is better or worse than another racial group in any way."


If you have time to share, I'd love to know what you are currently reading too!

1 comment

  1. oh my gosh I feel the struggle - I've been trying to document my reading process in my journal and it always goes from 5-10 pages for a couple of days and then a random 300 when I actually commit 😂 I haven't heard of One True Love before but it sounds so interesting and I feel like my heart will hurt so I'll have to check it out haha. I can't wait to hear what you think of Circe! I read it last year and it also took me a while to get into but I ended up enjoying it ❤️

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