Book 20: Salvage the Bones–Jesmyn Ward

This book hurt my feelings. I finished reading it and was pouting. And sad. And I wanted to reach over and hold my dog and cry until he squirmed out of my arms and looked at me like I was out of my mind before he promptly got up and resettled himself on another part…

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Book 19: Their Eyes Were Watching God–Zora Neale Hurston

Even though my Journey to 30 has ended (I hit 30 months ago), I still have some books and dates to finish. I didn’t have a chance to read much right after my birthday because I had some grinding to do for my PhD program and my evaluation job, so my leisurely reading time got…

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Book 18: Eloquent Rage, A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower–Brittney Cooper

What I loved about reading this book is that she spoke so directly to so many of my life experiences, particularly when it comes to Black exceptionalism, overachieving, and adherence to respectability. While we decidedly had very different economic upbringings, it was like we experienced the same social frustrations and racial animosity of instructors and…

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Book 17: Gathering of Waters–Bernice McFadden

This may be the first book on my list I really didn’t enjoy, which is unfortunate because I was truly looking forward to it. The book cover is a set up; it is not at all an accurate reflection of what the story is about. Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by…

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Journey to 30

Today begins my 30 days countdown to turning 30 years old! So I thought it would be the perfect time to share my Journey to 30 goals that I set just before my 29th birthday. In true form, I set some lofty (potentially over-ambitious) goals to work on over the last year of my 20s/in…

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Book 16: Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth–Warsan Shire

I first learned about Warsan Shire through Beyoncé. Her visual album, Lemonade, had all this great dialogue in between songs, and it turns out it was attributed to Shire, so of course I had to know more. She was born in Kenya to Somali parents and immigrated to the United Kingdom. What’s wild to think…

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Book 15: Homegirls & Handgrenades–Sonia Sanchez

Another book of poetry, another reminder of how difficult poetry is (can be) to fully grasp. I feel like to truly appreciate Sonia Sanchez I need to read this in a class with someone facilitating a discussion; someone who knows more about her, knows how to interpret her stylizations. I never could figure out what to…

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Book 14: The Color Purple–Alice Walker

I’ve seen The Color Purple with Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah, no less than ten times. I’ve also seen the (first) broadway version of story and would like to see the more recent (and apparently better) broadway musical. But I’ve never read the book. Surprisingly, I didn’t finish the book and think about how…

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