March Reading Review

Ahhh March, one of my favorite months, winter fades away and spring takes its place. I’m not sure if it’s the lovely weather and sunshine that I’ve been desperately missing or the “longer” days, (or maybe the weekend I spent in total isolation) but I powered through this month’s reading list like crazy, so let’s get into it!

I started this month out with a book I’ve been dying to read, Where the Crawdads Sing by Dalia Owens. I loved this book with every fiber of my body. Set in the quiet coast of the Carolinas in the mid-1900s, we meet Kya Clark, the marsh girl, who has spent her entire life living deep within the marsh, alone. Between the mystery that lies around a local boy’s death, budding romance, and Kya’s resilience to remain true to herself and the marsh, Owens captures your imagination and thrusts you right into the middle of it all. This was one of those books that I dreaded having to put down every night and was heartbroken when I finally came to the end. If you love adventure and suspense, with a little love and mystery, you need to read this book ASAP!

When my brother Colman texted me one day and told me he had a book recommendation for me, I pinched myself because I knew that I must be dreaming. But, surprisingly I wasn’t, Coleman is in his first semester at the University of Idaho and is taking some race relations class where they had to read Ijeoma Olou’s So You Wanna Talk About Race? I was instantly drawn to the title, and when Coleman called later that day and told me some of the chapter titles, I just knew I had to read it.

From police brutality and intersectionality to microaggressions and why white people can’t say the “n-word’ Olou dives head first into the uncomfortableness that it talking about race. I will say that, as I got deeper into the book, some of the chapters seemed more directed to white people, to inform them on what is and is not appropriate when talking to a person of color about race, or just talking about race with anyone in general. I can’t stress the importance of this book enough, I personally think that every white person who has an interest in race relations, or just talking to POC about race need to read this book. Olou states the hard truths that POC in America face every day and also offers ways that white people can help fix some of the problems. But be warned, you have to read this book with an open mind, if you don’t, then you will become offended and defensive. Anyways, I can’t think of anything else to say about this book other than to read it! You won’t be disappointed.

After such a deep and thought-provoking book, I decided to dig into something a lighter, so I decided to finally give Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple a try. Guys let me tell you, I went into this book totally blind and was instantly captivated. The story was exactly what I needed, light, funny, and interesting. As a reader, we experience the story from 15-year-old Bee’s perspective as she recounts the events that lead up to her mother’s disappearance. As Bee reads through emails, news articles, and transcripts she slowly uncovers truths about her mother that she was previously blind to. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fun read, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Oh! Did I mention it’s currently in production to hit the big screen? Which should give you even more reason to read the book, because we all know it’s always better than the movie.

I’ve always been inspired by the strength of black women, and at times I yern to learn from them and soak up all the wisdom my mind, body, and soul alows, so I couldn’t think of anyone better to learn from than the phenominal Maya Anfelou. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was just what my soul needed, her story is inspiring. This book focused childhood in Stamps, AR with her brother and grandmother, until one day, she’s “reunited” with her father and taken away to the big city to live with her mother. Through the book Ms. Angelou recounts the struggles of her childhood and the challenges she faced, but she also talks about all that she overcame and how her struggles and set backs helped shape her into the PHENOMINAL WOMAN she went on to become.

Well, that’s what I read this month, I could have read five books, but I wanted to take a break and give my mind a break so that I don’t burn out. As always, I’d love to hear about what you all have read, or what’s on your TBR list!

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