With all the craziness of the world, I have pretty much tuned out to video media. I haven’t turned on the TV screen for over six weeks. I am sure it’s a passing thing, but I am listening to more podcasts and getting in more reading time.
I have also started listening to more audiobooks this summer. (Blame it on my BFF/Navy buddy. Thanks, Cathy!) However, I also read almost every night before I go to sleep and for that I prefer physical books. Words on the page are somehow more comforting than a voice in my ears and I like to get my eyes off the screen for a bit before I close them for the night.
The titles on my reading lists do not conform to any single genre. While my preferred genres tend to fall under SpecFic (Fantasy, SciFi, Paranormal), I have always been a voracious and eclectic reader. That means, I read what interests me, and I often focus on things I want and/or need to learn. Right now, that includes digging deeper into my white privilege.
Here is a list of the books I have recently finished and/or am reading:
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (Audiobook)
I finished this one recently. Wow! I thought I knew somethings, but I was gobsmacked by the wrongness of the version of history I had ingested and the “nuanced” racism I fully missed in a number of things I have consumed in my life. Now, I need to read Kendi’s original, and deeper, work: Stamped from the Beginning. Also, Reynolds does an amazing job of narrating.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Audiobook)
I picked this up as a writing craft booster. Also nicely narrated by the author. Some really good stuff in this one. Especially the part about how to handle the really negative critics (read: trolls): “Smile sweetly and tell them to go make their own f**ing art.”
So, You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Audiobook)
Listening now. I love, love, love how Oluo explains things. She makes the hard truths easier to take in, and she is honest and sincere and doesn’t let herself off the hook, either. I am learning so much.
A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney (Physical)
This is a new take on the Alice in Wonderland stories by Lewis Carroll. I am reading this as a mentor text for my craft. Looking at the ways other authors handle retellings/twisting known stories into new as I work out the kinks in one of my works in progress.
My CURRENT Reading (a Bit at a Time)/To Be Read (next) stack includes:
The Kick-Ass Writer by Check Wendig (Reading sections piecemeal.)
The Adventures of Damnation Kane, Vol. 1 by Théoden Humphrey(Reading chapters as serial episodes.)
And a slew of books I still need to read to compete this year’s Reading Women Challenge.
Yes, I do read more than one book at a time. No, I do not get confused by doing so. I have been doing it since I was a kid and it is just the way my brain likes to take in information, which is super helpful for my book coaching/developmental editing work.
Here’s to a wonderful word-filled summer in whatever way works for you!