Saturday, July 4, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #101


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.

Prime First Reads
(We get TWO this month!)
Her Final Words by [Brianna Labuskes] White Out: A Thriller (Badlands Thriller Book 1) by [Danielle Girard]

Library Treasures
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Happy Reading!
Sarah 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 6

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Six Prompts

White Exceptionalism - the belief that you, as a person holding white privilege, are exempt from the effects, benefits, and conditioning of white supremacy and therefore that the work of antiracism does not really apply to you (definition given at 27%)

1. In what ways  have you believed that you are exceptional, exempt, "one of the good ones", or above the conditioning of white supremacy?

2. In what ways have you acted out of a sense of white exceptionalism when in racial conversations with BIPOC? (for example, when called out for unintenional racist behavior, have you tried to explain or demonstrate that you are "one of the good ones"?)

3. Reread the extract from Martine Luther King Jr.'s letter and think back on the topics we have covered so far in the book. How has your white exceptionalism prevented you from showing up in allyship to BIPOC?

First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

(Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 28%)

4. Think back to your childhood. How did society (parents, schools, the media) teach you white exceptionalism?

5. If you are a parent, in what ways are you teaching your children white exceptionalism?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Thursday, July 2, 2020

First Line Friday #115


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines posted this week.

***You might have noticed an increase in recent weeks of books written by Black and African-American authors in a variety of genres. Since the murder of George Floyd and the spotlight once again shining on the mistreatment of our Black Brothers and Sisters, I am working on amplifying voices that often get shouted down. I have started a #BlackLivesMatter Reading List and would love any suggestions over on that page. My main contributions so far have been of non-fiction, big surprise, so I am looking for fiction especially.***

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"By day, I'm an honors student at Jefferson Academy. At night, I turn into the Nubian goddess most people know as Emerald."

Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and leave a link to your FLF so I can stop by to see what you've posted this week.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 5

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Five Prompts

White Superiority - stems directly from white supremacy's belief that people with white or white-passing skin are better than and therefore deserve to dominate over people with brown or black skin (definition given at 23%)

1. Think back across your life, from childhood to where you are in your life now. In what ways have you consciously or subconsciously believed you are better than BIPOC?

Don't hide from this. This is the crux of white supremacy. Own it.

Let's talk!
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #52


Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.

I am featuring books in the order that they were added to my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so sometimes there will be a couple weeks in a row of books on the same topic.

Neglected Book of the Week
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Why did I add Mary Tudor: The Tragical History of the First Queen of England to my TBR?

Because I have great empathy for Mary I. Given the trauma she endured, I am not surprised that she ruled as she did. She has this moniker labeling her a mass murderer in the name of religion, when her father and sister were both guilty of the same crimes - and Henry for sure had more people executed. It doesn't make ANY of their crimes right, but people would do well to at least look at the history fairly and objectively. History is written by the victors after all, so in that regard as well, Mary never stood a chance.

Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 4

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Four Prompts

White Silence - when people with white privilege stay complicity silent when it comes to issues of race and white privilege (definition given at 21%)

1. How have you stayed silent when it comes to race and racism?

2. What types of situations elicit the most white silence from you?

3. How has your silence been complicit in upholding racist behavior?

4. How do you benefit from white silence?

5. Whom in your life do you harm with your white silence?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Special Feature | Eleanor Reads! June Edition


It will come as a surprise to literally no one that Eleanor and I have both done a pretty solid amount of reading when school closed in March due to COVID-19. It's summer now and I officially have a second grader. We will still be working on school material over the summer, but much more leisurely now. I figured we might as well, since most of the places we love to visit during the summer have taken the position of remaining closed until further notice. Besides, I don't feel comfortable taking her out anyway.

Each month I will share the chapter books we've read for the month. It is fun to look back on everything we've read. We've been reading chapter books since before Kindergarten and her attention span as a four year old was definitely something to brag about. Eleanor was born a reader and that makes my heart so, so happy.

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For a while Eleanor had grown tired of reading the Magic Tree House books, but a couple weeks ago she decided she wanted to finish the series so here we are!

Do the kiddos in your life have an interest in any of these?

Happy Reading,
Eleanor and Sarah

Tackling the TBR Week 24: June 22 - June 30, 2020


My TBR has been out of control for YEARS. Then in January of 2019 I started tracking weekly my true reading/acquiring habits, and voila! I have been able to keep on top of things a little bit better. I may never get below 1,000 books, but at least I won't be topping out over 5,000! When a book cover is linked, it goes to the review here on my blog.

I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month. Feel free to join in if you'd like!

If a book is linked in the 'Books Read' section, you can click the cover to go to my review.

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Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,095

Currently Reading
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Books Added to TBR
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Books Removed from TBR: 0
Books Read
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Books DNF-ed
28763485 33829748 Not So Pure and Simple - Giles, L. R.

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,095

Any of these catch your eye? Have you already read any? Let me know!

Happy Reading!
Sarah