It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been taking time to learn, reflect, and read books about racism and antiracism. During this time I also wanted to look at the diverse books I’m reading and talking about on this blog. I can be doing more to add diverse books to my reading list, and I am actively making decisions to do so.
Currently, I am reading The Hate You Give as both a diverse book, but also as a way to learn about systemic racism through a fictional book. I have said this before, but I want my blog to be a place to celebrate authors. I want to celebrate the diversity of the book world with this blog.
How to be an Antiracist is not only incredibly smart but beautifully written. I know everyone is recommending this book, but it is so informative, reflective, and heartfelt. It deserves to be recommended as much as it is.
Kendi starts the book off by talking about a racist speech he gave in high school which was both shocking as a beginning, but also allowed us to immediately join Kendi on his journey toward antiracism. Because he takes us on his journey, he helps give us a push in the right direction for our own journey–at least it did for me.
This book is incredibly smart in how it covers history, capitalism, and politics. Those topics would normally make me feel lost or possibly over-loaded with information, but I still found the book very assessable. It had a narrative and educational flow that made me want to keep reading.
I highly recommend this book if you haven’t already read it yet. I am continuing to read both nonfiction and fiction books that address racism and antiracism to continue learning and unlearning. Having said that, I would love to know what you’ve been reading and learning about antiracism! Let me know in the comments below!
I ALSO am actively looking for more fantasy books with POC main characters, so if you have some you love let me know! I’ve also been dabbling in more contemporary so I’d love those kinds of recommendations as well!