WWW Wednesdays 11/3

Hello and Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was created by Miz B formerly of shouldbereading and currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’ve Read

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

#52WeeksOfWomenOfColor #76

Samantha Rajaram’s background with sex trafficking law is what started her on the path to writing this book. Set in 1600s Amsterdam and Batavia The Company Daughters highlights the real life experience of poor indigent women who were sent to the Dutch colonies and married off to settlers.

For my thoughts on the book visit my blog tour stop.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

First off I must admit that I do not like dystopian novels. I read this one for the Tournament of Books Super Rooster as I have been participating in their challenges for the last 5 years.

For the most part the book was engrossing. It kind of lost my attention around the 2/3 mark. In Station Eleven’s opening scene the lead actor dies on stage while in the middle of his performance. The theater is packed and in the chaos that ensues afterward we learn of the Georgia flu. Gripping right? My mind started racing trying to figure out if our King Lear is patient zero and if Jeeves would emerge as the hero who saves the world. But Station Eleven is more sophisticated than that. Kirsten emerges from the shadows as St. John Mandel takes us on a journey through this afterworld. Shifting time frames between the before and the after, we get to watch Arthur as he reflects on his life and reevaluates his values. And because “survival is insufficient,” we watch as people learn to appreciate what remains of their lives after disaster.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

#52WeeksOfWomenOfColor #77

A solid addition to the scholarship on Malcolm X’s life. See my post Nonfiction November #1 for a full review.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

#52WeeksOfWomenOfColor #78

I received this book WAAY back in February and although I was very excited as you know all he!! broke loose when Coronavirus hit. So here I am 9 months later finally getting to this awesome book. If you would like to read my review stop by my GoodReads page.


What I’m Reading

I probably will be wrapping this one up by the end of the day but I have to say that it has been an eye-opening experience. I walked into this book with so many misconceptions. Although I have not found any of the women featured here endearing I appreciate that the author is like-minded and holds them accountable for their actions.

What’s Next

The Forgotten Sister is an historical novel set during the Tudor era. It involves time travel, a curse and romance. Please check back here on Tuesday, November 10th for my stop on the blog tour.

Those of you who visited my WWW post last week might remember this title. I have not gotten to it yet but will make a concerted effort to get to it soon. With all of the debates and election coverage I got sucked into the TV and social media. Obviously, I have some catching up to do on my reading.

Teaser Tuesday 11/3/20

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme hosted by The Purple Booker. It’s super easy and anyone can join in the fun!

1: Grab your current read
2: Open to a random page
3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

This week’s featured book is Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism by Seyward Darby. I am reading this book during Nonfiction November to get insight into how “the other side” thinks. I have my reasons for why I think people become racists because we all know they weren’t born that way. But I wanted to hear it from the horse’s mouth so to speak and Seyward Darby has afforded me this option.

Synopsis

After the election of Donald J. Trump, journalist Seyward Darby went looking for the women of the so-called alt-right–really just white nationalism with a new label. The mainstream media depicted the alt-right as a bastion of angry white men, but was it? As women headlined resistance to the Trump administration’s bigotry and sexism, most notably at the women’s marches, Darby wanted to know why others were joining a movement espousing racism and anti-feminism. Who were these women, and what did their activism reveal about America’s past, present, and future?

Darby researched dozens of women across the country before settling on three: Corinna Olsen, Ayla Stewart, and Lana Lokteff. Each was born in 1979 and became a white nationalist in the post-9/11 era. Their respective stories of radicalization upend much of what we assume about women, politics, and political extremism.


The Teaser

Corinna never tried the shallow end of anything. She didn’t see the point, when the deep end was right there, waiting.

pg. 34

What do you think drives people to hate? Are there any remedies for racism?

Reading Rush 2020: Days 5 & 6

Friday July 24th, Day 5

What did I read today?

Today I finished my sixth book for the challenge – Paris Never Leaves You – an historical fiction about a woman who survives the German occupation of Paris and flees to the United States with her young daughter.

I listened to portions of Alice Feeney’s His & Hers while doing laundry at 4 in the morning. No worries though. I had my headphones on. The whole house was snug as bugs.

I participated in two Twitter sprints hosted by Caz from LittleBookOwl and Nidhi over at nidhireddyreads. During that time I read about half of The Death of Vivek Oji.

I finished both His & Hers and The Death of Vivek Oji on Day 6.

Although I have not received my copy of Hieroglyphics yet I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Sisters in Hate by Seyward Darby at my door. Thanks goes out to Jess at Little, Brown and Company. Come back and check out my blog in a week or so for my review.

Question of the Day

How do you organize your books?

I organize my books mostly by genre with a special shelf for African literature. Within each genre the books are arranged alphabetically by last name of author. I have multiple cases and some are dedicated to specific topics. My “nightstand” shelf has science related books. Book series are bundled together above the mantel. Physical ARCs are on desk or dresser.

Where have you done the most productive reading?

Before COVID19 I would have said at Panera Bread, on the bus or while driving. These days I get the most reading done either listening to audiobooks while doing chores and inputing data or in bed curled up with my Kindle in my favorite blanket. (Yes, in all this heat. — I just turn the AC up higher!)