So I have a confession to make. One week in and I have already broken my rule. I was on vacation. I wasn’t thinking. And the next book on my kindle I was interested in was a novella in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (the pen name for TWO white men who write together). It makes me sad because I also realized that I am in the middle of Cibola Burn, another of their books, and I am not sure I get to finish it. I’m not sure I’m ready to announce a token white guy yet.
This example signals to me that this is going to be a LOT harder then I had originally thought. With that being said, here is what I read and finished over this week:
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (the one Austen novel I had never read)
The Butcher of Anderson Station, The Gods of Risk and The Churn by James A. S. Corey*
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
What went well: I picked up a classic by a women I had been meaning to read, and read The Essex Serpent, a really good book I think I will remember for a while. I needed a break from the heavy stuff I have been reading, and was able to read some relaxing beach reads.
What didn’t go well: Looking at this list it is still really white. And I read three short novellas that broke my rule. I am giving myself a bit of a break because it was my first week and because I was on vacation, but I am still a little disappointed in myself.
Thee are so many good books that I have been meaning to read! I just graduated and am in a reading frenzy now that I can read fiction without feeling guilty. A few of the potential books I might crack open this week are: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, American War by Omar El Akkad and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.