This month I left behind a painful reading slump for these two lovelies below.
The Fire Next Time
I recently picked up The Fire Next Time and am hesitant to let it go - it has been so long since non-fiction has touched me in this way, and I wish everyone would read this book.
James Baldwin's prose hits you in the face to be sure your eyes are open:
“You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason. The limits of your ambition were, thus, expected to be set forever. You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being."
his is a difficult read and should be; it's a powerful account of a dangerous history that I know all too well growing up in the south.
And, as hard as this is to read, it's one of the most beautiful books of my life: “If we-and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others- do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world”
The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
I've had this series on my shelf for quite some time now, but, it being a seven book series, I was hesitant to begin until recently. I was in a horrid book slump for much too long until I picked up the first book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon and felt myself being pulled into this clairvoyant world full of strange monsters and secret gangs and blooming magic.
These books have a theme of being slow to start but, if you stick with the main character, Paige, you will somehow find your fingers gripping the last pages before you realize what has happened.
I am looking forward to picking up the third book soon - I am not looking forward to the wait for the fourth installment.
*Originally posted on The Wild Hunt