This week marks the end of the first three months of this project, meaning that I am a quarter of the way into my year. The last three months have been full of some pretty big life transitions, and having this blog has been a huge anchor point for me. I am so grateful to everyone who has been supportive of this, and all the kind words I have heard, both in person and through the grapevine. I still have a hard time imagining that people are actually reading what I write here!
For this quarterly update, I looked at my book breakdown by gender, racial background and nationality. Over 50% of the books I read were by white authors and American authors, although that includes authors of mixed nationalities (for instance, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi counts as American because she is Ghanaian-American. I don’t want to set myself percentage targets, but I will be looking at this over the next few months.
I also picked my favorite audio-book and book favorites from the last few months. I have such a hard time picking, because I read so many amazing books, but these two stand out from the pack. You can find those picks below!
Books Read: 31
Books By Gender:
Books By Racial Background:
Books by Nationality:
Winner: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
This book stood out because of the incredible match between narrator and writing. The listening experience was simply beautiful and I loved the book as well.
Runner Up: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Winner: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko is one of the few books I have read recently that actually made me cry. I picked it as a favorite because of its emotional impact and the fact that I developed such a strong affection for the Lee’s complex, sympathetic characters.
Runner Up: Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
Hope you all have a good week, I’ll be back Monday!