This year I am making a real effort to read more. It’s great to have a show your binging but I miss getting lost in a book so much that I have an impulse to open it up on the elevator or waiting on the subway. These are my two most recent reads that I think are really worth the buy.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I listened to Queenie via Audible on my way to and from work for about a week and couldn’t stop listening. The novel follows a young Jamaican girl in her twenties attempting to navigate a crumbling relationship, a job she has lost her passion for, and losing her mental stability. The main character, Queenie, can be frustrating but she raises a lot of topics that aren’t normally discussed in black communities. Mainly, mental illness and nipping unhealthy habits. She is forced to take control of her own situation and creates an environment that will help her prosper.
The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Minda Harts
This is the self-help book EVERYONE needs to read – it is not just for women of color. I would argue that those that are not classified as such have even more reason to read what Minda Harts has to say. I read a couple of career books for women by Sophia Amoruso and Lena Dunham but they did not speak to me and my experiences in any way. In The Memo, I saw myself, my mom, my aunts, and I couldn’t put it down. I was introduced to the book when my company invited Minda Harts to speak and host a Q&A in honor of Black History Month. The discussion and the book itself showed me that we need more success partners in the workplace and how important it is to be your own advocate.
Now I am re-visiting Junot Díaz and Zora Neale Hurston, some of my favorite short story writers.