So, I only read/finished 10 books this year. I guess I was a little hungover from last year's 50 book challenge. I don't think 50 will ever be possible for me, but who knows. Maybe I'll go on another reading tear in 2016. These are the three books I loved this year:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This novel in verse kept me turning the pages like novels-in-verse should. A
story of basketball and family, love and loss, I was invested in the
characters that weren’t stereotypes even though they were
basketball-playing twin boys.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
This collection of essays was
a great way to restart my brain after it was taken over by sleep
deprivation and all things maternal. Gay's conversational style makes every
essay approachable and she writes about many things that I think about and
write about: cultural appropriation in The
Help, white privilege, feminism, sexual violence, and the internet.
Mostly, her essays made me want to write essays about my multicultural
feminist experience and how motherhood sharpened my perspectives on gender inequity and violence.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I devoured this novel in about a week. It took me a minute to get into the hyperbole and magical realism that the
narrators play with, but ended up really loving the story and the way time
and one event were the hinge on which the story folded.