Morning Meanderings…. A Little Something On Racism
It is Sunday morning. EARLY. I am sitting here with COFFEE CUP contemplating the direction of this post. I had a different title in mind…. something I thought of yesterday but decided I dare not use. Yet. But it was a good one. 😉
I adore my book club. Yes, yes, feel free to insert eye roll here. I know I say it like ALL THE TIME. I can’t put into words everything this group of women mean to me but you know I like to try. After a whirlwind month of holiday dodging and extreme emotion, I did not pick up the book club book, Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Yesterday I put out a plea to my book club and one of the gals in our group delivered it to my door.
“Did you read it?” I asked her.
“I did.” she said.
“How was it?” I asked.
“It’s black.” was her response.
“Yes.” I said, and knew her comment was not demeaning or derogatory, just stating a fact. It is a different style of book than we have ever read as a group before. As I opened the book myself last evening, I understood what she was saying even more. Between The World and me is written as letters to Ta-Nehisi to his 15-year-old son and it covers what it is like to grow up in a world that can judge you by the color of your skin. I am proud of our book club for choosing this book and look forward to an interesting discussion this coming Tuesday.
For myself, the book so far is poetic, and metaphors, and very real. This morning I opened up my laptop and looked up what others were saying about this book. The reviews are mixed but interesting. I am not done reading but it is a short book and I will be done today. It is the kind of read where I sit with a notebook next to me to write down profound points and questions.
In other thoughts… books came in my house this week.
The History Manor and Still Well are both from Michael Phillip Cash and he always sends little treats with his books. The candy is nice, but the little yellow highlighter is what made me smile. I do love highlighters.
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson is squeeeee worthy. I love her writing and can not wait to dig into this one.
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson caught my eye in the latest bookmark magazine. I picked this one up at our library yesterday morning.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is also a library pick on CD. I hope t start listening to that one today.
Last night, my husband and I went out for a bit with our son Brad and his friend Andy. I was talking to Brad about book reviews and he said, “I didn’t realize you are still doing that.”
I told him I was, not at the pace I once was, but I didn’t and I don’t want to give it up. So much has come out of this thing I have created in Book Journey. As I look back at when I started this in 2009 I would have never dreamed that in 2016 I would still by typing away talking books, life, whatever. I told Brad that Book Journey has been such a big part of where I am today. This blog has brought me friendships, book connections, events like the book expo in New York, real life connections and a big one – this blog is why I was in St Paul on April 1st and 2nd with my son Justin preparing to interview Scott Eastwood. That was the last time I seen my son and if not for that book connection….
well. Let’s just say I am so thankful. In the months to follow, a bench was placed at the Brainerd Library with my sons name on it. That bench was from the connections I have made here at Book Journey. Seriously… my heart is full.
Book Journey and I are not done yet. I will continue to read and write, share and connect.