Happy Monday and happy start to the week. We’re writing this on a rainy Saturday, still in lockdown, after what has been a heavy week in our homes, nationally and globally too. We made a commitment to educate ourselves, to share resources and, ultimately, to go beyond donating and signing petitions when it comes to striving for equality and supporting the Black Lives movement.
During lockdown, reading has become a tonic for us, a way to travel when we can’t move past our immediate neighbourhood and expand our physical limits. So, when it comes to challenging our own bias and mental limits, what better start than some brand new literature? Glossy, fresh pages to dip into, new stories to enjoy and perspectives, which may be completely different to our own, to consider. These are the three reads we are adding to our list – add your recommendations in the comments and let’s start our very own book club!
Queenie by Candice-Carty Williams – We have finally placed our order for this critically acclaimed novel and we’re oh-so-glad as it’s been on our list for a little while. In this truly confusing time, we’re looking forward to getting lost in Queenie’s narrative as she navigates family, culture, relationship and work.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This is another read that has been on our list for a little while if only for all the times we’ve screeched ‘FEMINIST: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes‘ every time we listen to the iconic collaboration between Beyonce and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book promises tales of love, race, identity and is set between Nigeria, America and London – we can’t wait to get stuck in and travel without leaving our bedroom.
The Wonder by Diana Evans – Like very much the rest of the world, we read Ordinary People by Diana Evans, which we argued over a weekend trip to Barcelona last year and completely fell in love. For this reason, jumping into Evans’ world further seems like a no brainer and we’ll be adding both The Wonder, a tale of dance and passion, and 26A, Evans’ debut novel, to our list too.
Have a lovely start to the week – Keep safe.
The Squiggles Team X