If you caught my reading experiment last month – the one where I read Harvard’s entire summer reading list – you’ll probably understand how it kind of threw off my reading goal of 50% authors of color. And if you didn’t read that post, go check it out because it was a lot of work.
Anyway, because of that, I decided to try and catch up in September, because I was doing really well before August. So this month, I put together a reading list that is entirely by authors of color. It is important to me that I hit that goal, both as a person who talks about books on the internet and just for myself. I will most likely read other things (a good chunk of this month’s reading experiment is by white authors), but I do really want to focus on getting back on track for my goal.
Let’s start with the book you all chose for my September reading list…
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris
This book caught my eye as soon as I read that it is “Get Out meets Stepford Wives“. I had been hearing mixed reviews, so I was kind of on the fence about reading this one. But I let all of you vote on a new release to add to my TBR this month, and you chose this one, so I’m reading it. I know this is technically a thriller so not exactly the lightest thing to read, but I’m hoping it’s not quite as heavy as the rest of the books on this list. Because now that I’m looking at all of these books all together,
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
I honestly don’t know very much about this one other than that it’s about a post-9/11 world and the still unhealed wounds that came from that. I do remember 9/11 and the aftermath (which apparently makes me old now), but I also remember being called a terrorist by kids at school simply because I have an Arabic last name. So I feel like this one might speak to me a lot. But either way, I will be reading this for a long-term project that you’ll finally find out about in a few months.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
I have been hearing about this memoir for months, and it just sounds like something I might love. I do read a lot of memoirs (I read two last month), but I feel like I can do a better job of reading memoirs by BIPOC authors. I think memoirs in general are a great way to learn about different experiences. This one is definitely outside of my personal life experience, and it’s something I would love to read more about.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Yes, I did start this book in January. But I’m adding it to my September reading list in the hopes of forcing my brain to finally finish this book. Because it is completely unforgivable that in the time this has been sitting on my “currently reading” shelf, I’ve read both The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales (for last month’s massive and insane reading experiment). Plus, I am actually enjoying this book, so there’s no excuse.
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavincencio
Finally, we have this book about – you guessed it – undocumented immigrants. The author was in the DACA program when she decided to travel across the United States gathering the stories of people whose experiences were similar to her own family’s. This sounds fantastic, has great reviews, and has been sitting on my shelf for months so it’s time to finally read it.
That’s it for my reading list this month. I have a lot of projects I’m working on, so can’t fit too many extra books into my TBR this year. I will be reading a lot of other things in September that I can’t talk about quite yet, so check back later in the month for my reading experiment of the month (it’s a weird, but fun one – a nice reprieve from last months nearly four-thousand-pages of classic literature).
What’s on your reading list for September?
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