I’ve put together a 2016 reading list that focuses on diverse authors. You can see the full list here, if you’re curious! And if you see a favorite author that I’m missing, let me know! I’m always open to new book recommendations. I don’t know if I’ll get through all of them in a year, but we’ll see! I’ll share my thoughts about them as we go. The two I’ve read so far are:
“Pinned” by Sharon G. Flake, which was a fairly solid story, but felt a little more targeted towards a younger audience. It was a book that I wished I could give to a few students I’ve known. I could see them so strongly in the characters. The story is about a young girl named Autumn who loves wrestling and cooking, and is excellent at both, but feels defeated and overcome by school. Especially reading. And while she’s a champion in the gym, her poor scores in school do little to impress her crush, Adonis, manager of the team and a top academic performer that refuses to be anything less than the best. Whether it’s because of, in in spite of, being wheel-chair bound. As Autumn falls farther and father behind, she runs the risk of losing the sport, and the people, that make her feel like she matters.
The other book I’ve finished is “The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke, which was SO INTENSE and also SO GOOD. Although I’m taking a break from thrillers for a while, because my heart can’t take that much anxiety all the time!! When a murder victim is found on the grounds of a historic plantation, the manager of the facility begins to uncover her own family history, and a cover-up that goes back to the time of her great-great-grandfather, who served as a slave on the very same ground. Torn between keeping her daughter safe, and finding out the truth, she tries to wrest justice from a corrupt system and not lose her family in the process.
For the Una playlists today, we have:
Busy Earnin’ by Jungle, which I was first introduced to while playing “Tales from the Borderlands” which I REALLY enjoyed. I decided to get the entire Jungle album, because it’s got such a great mood to it. I was playing the album A LOT during the writing and drawing for this chapter. Great energy, great sound. Really hope to see more from this band.
Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. This song is also in Mizha’s playlist, but for an entirely different reason. I think if Una was a teen in the 80s, she would have adored the Eurythmics. And leg warmers. And on-the-side pony-tails. I can just imagine her lying on her bed, surrounded by posters, chewing gum and listening to her Walkman and doodling in a notebook. Una would definitely be a doodler.
Do you have a book you’re excited to read this year, or an album you’re looking forward to from a favorite band?