Trees of Reverie June 2016 Readathon Day 2: Recommendation

Day Two, Sunday, June 26:

(All times are Brisbane local time)

This is the Day 2 Challenge post for the June 2016 Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon.

 

Book Rec ToR Readathon June 2016 Day 2

If you liked… Jericho Brown’s The New Testament, consider… Danez Smith’s Black Movie. Both books reflect on Black boyhood and queer Black manhood, what it is to exist as a queer Black man in the US. Where Jericho Brown riffs on the Christian Bible and religion, Danez Smith uses the lens of films and popular media. There’s tribute, joy, pain, elegy, honor, and celebration. These books are hard and present and also alive and wondering, hoping and imagining. These books are wishes and dreams and tears and so much more, and if you enjoyed Jericho Brown, he wrote a glowing endorsement on Danez Smith’s newest book, [insert] boy, so you better pick up some Danez Smith and read.

For a preview, here’s a video of them performing “Dear White America,” one of the poems in Black Movie.

 

My To-Be-Read List:

  1. Wintering by Megan Snyder-Camp (Current page: 20 of 72) — Reading this and the next book in order to write a review for publication. Interesting read, so far…
  2. The Gunnywolf by Megan Snyder-Camp
  3. [insert] boy by Danez Smith — FINISHED! 116 pages, 5 Stars — Will hopefully post a longer review than what I currently have on Goodreads, which just reads “Dang. DANG.” Need to sit with this one a little longer before I have fleshed out comments.
  4. Time on Two Crosses: the Collected Writing of Bayard Rustin by Don Wiese [ed.] (Current page: 19 of 365)
  5. UNeducation, Vol 1: A Residential School Graphic Novel by Jason EagleSpeaker (Current page: 28 of 99)
  6. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Current page: 68 of 391)
  8. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
  9. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Current page: 355 of 1225)

Didn’t do much reading today, since I spent most of the day running errands. I’m about to be homeless on July 1st, so that took priority, and then I spent a few hours announcing during a live broadcast for a Black community celebration here in town, which was loads of fun! About to settle in to read before bed

 

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Trees of Reverie June 2016 Readathon Day 1: TBR List

Day One, Saturday, June 25:

(All times are Brisbane local time)

It’s that time again! I am participating in the June 2016 Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon. This is the Day 1 Challenge post.

Goals:

  • I want to write a brief review for each book I read and post it (likely on Goodreads)
  • I want to complete each of the daily updates and challenges

My To-Be-Read List (in order):

  1. Wintering by Megan Snyder-Camp (Current page: 20 of 72) — Reading this and the next book in order to write a review for publication. Interesting read, so far…
  2. The Gunnywolf by Megan Snyder-Camp
  3. [insert] boy by Danez Smith — Met Danez recently, and got this and another of their books. They’re a sweetheart, and they signed it and took a selfie with me, and I can’t wait to read it!
  4. Time on Two Crosses: the Collected Writing of Bayard Rustin by Don Wiese [ed.] (Current page: 19 of 365) — Important read for me. Paused because of anxiety; currently reading about the Freedom Rides, and it stressed me out.
  5. UNeducation, Vol 1: A Residential School Graphic Novel by Jason EagleSpeaker (Current page: 28 of 99) — Recommended by a cousin of the author. Paused because it’s a pretty hard read.
  6. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs — have really been enjoying this series so far, and I’m excited to read this one!
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Current page: 68 of 391) — Fun read, so far. Paused due to school reading taking priority.
  8. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss — I bought this one ages ago, after learning about it’s existence, and it’s been sitting in my too-read pile ever since.
  9. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Current page: 355 of 1225) — Super excited to get back to this one. I credit it with helping me realize how much I wanted to go into studying history, and setting me on my current path, which includes studying at the University of Ghana, applying to the McNair Fellowship, and preparing for a PhD program in History.

My aspirations are always so much more than I can actually complete in the given span of time, but we’ll see how much I can get through between now and July 3rd!

 

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Trees of Reverie July 2015 Readathon Day 1: TBR List

Day One, Saturday, July 11:

(All times are Brisbane local time)

I am participating in the July 2015 Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon (I participated last July as well!). This is the Day 1 Challenge post.

Goals:

  • I want to polish off all the books-in-progress on the list
  • I want to read for at least four hours each day
  • I want to write a brief review for each book I read and post it (likely on Goodreads)
  • I want to complete each of the daily updates and challenges

My To-Be-Read List (in order):

  1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Current page: 112 of 227)
  2. Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine (Current page: 158 of 217)
  3. Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davi (Current page: 40 of 115)
  4. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Current page: 112 of 233)
  5. Every Person’s Guide to Judaism by Stephen Einstein and Lydia Kukoff (Current page: 78 of 179)
  6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  7. Octavia’s Brood by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha [Eds.]
  8. A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
  9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  10. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  11. Lady of the Moon by Amy Lowell, Mary Meriam, and Lillian Faderman

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read This Fall

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ten books that are on my autumn to-read list.

In addition to the books for my classes, I want to read the following in the next three months:

  • Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory by Gregory Nokes
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Undersong by Audre Lorde
  • Another America: The Politics of Race and Blame by Kofi Buenor Hadjor (currently on pg 109 of 219)
  • The Guardians: An Elegy by Sarah Manguso (at my partner’s recommendation)
  • Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison
  • And We Are Not Saved by Derrick Bell
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

It’s a bit heavy on recreational reading that is closely related to my major, but that’s because my major is awesome.