Readings of the Year: 2020, Just Half the Year

June: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (Black Seeds by Tariq Toure)

This book was read by chance in the moment of the current events taking place this year; COVID-19 and the protests across America after the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd by American police. As I read this book, I kept thinking back to today’s world, and how Malcolm X would be with those majority youth who are spending days after days on the streets, expressing their anger towards our corruptly built nation. He would be absolutely for the support of Black restaurants, bookstores, and businesses. He would be for taking action, something that many officials are making clear statements against. I’m disgusted at America, because reading this book made clear a point to me, and I’m sure it can be clear to any sensible person who follows up with America’s moves. Malcolm X was already saying back then, that the Black people of America had had enough, and yet, this year for three months in a row, at least one Black person was murdered by a white person. The U.S. hasn’t changed for the betterment of the Black people for too long.

July: Native American Testimony-revised edition by Peter Nabokov (The Middle Passage by Tom Feelings)

It’s a thick book and the pages are thin, but the chapters are short and the stories/ accounts are very interesting, and so the thickness isn’t stressful at all. I’m actually not too surprised after reading these real accounts of the Native peoples’ history (largely in regards to Europeans coming to their land) up until today’s times. What I always found important was stories and realities being told from the mouthes of the people who experienced them themselves. Too often, people’s original truths and histories get twisted and globally accepted. So for the real accounts, I’m so thankful.

August: No-No Boy by John Okada

No-No Boy belonged to my eldest sister from her college days, and it took time for me to get into it once I picked it up. The first chapter was confusing and I guess I wasn’t in the right mindset to comprehend anything. I put it down for like…a week and some days, and then remembered that I wish to read all of the books I own (hoarding books without genuinely intending on reading them is not what I want to do). So I picked it up again, and it was like a slippery slide! I mean, I really fell right into it as if I’d understood everything I was confused about before.

September: It’s All In Your Head: get out of your way by RUSS and The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (I AM ARMY: It’s Time To Begin *Advanced Readers Copy* by Wallea Eaglehawk)

My cousin motivated me with a song by Russ called Throne Talks. This cousin and I, we share music often, and it’s pretty awesome. Also, my eldest sister showed me a song by him earlier too, and when I came across this book it caught my eye for those reasons, bright yellow as it was haha. I kept thinking about these two people in my life, and the motivation they bring me, along with the song Throne Talks. I hope I can ship this book to that cousin of mine so he can have a read too!

October: Franken…no Angels & Dem…no…All The Lives We Never Liv…no no, nothing really (花樣年華 HYYH The Notes 2)

I switched books a million times this month…at least that’s what it felt like. It started with an attempt to get into the spooky season mood with Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, and then I thought, “Forget it. I won’t force myself to read something that I can’t get along with smoothly.” So I moved on to Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Look, it was smooth when I started, but I started losing interest around chapter 26 and by 39 I had stopped.

November: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

As you already know from last month’s documentation of reading…I had started this early since nothing was sticking earlier. Reader’s block I guess.

December: Aesop’s Fables translated by V. S. Vernon Jones and Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Each little story from Aesop’s Fables was enjoyable, but after getting around a little more than halfway through, I realized I was just rushing through since the book is simply a collection of multiple lessons. I didn’t like reading like that so I stopped. I have a hard time with small one-page excerpt or poetry books…

Readings in Between:

June → Black Seeds by Tariq Toure




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