2020 Mid-year Reading Progress and TBR

Given everything that has happened in the world recently, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in the month of June. With that being said, I figured I would reflect on what I’ve read so far this year and look at which books I want to get to before the end of theContinue reading “2020 Mid-year Reading Progress and TBR”

Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”: A Look at How Racism Is Internalized

Title: The Bluest EyeAuthor: Toni MorrisonPublished: 1970Genre: Fiction Blurb: The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blueContinue reading “Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”: A Look at How Racism Is Internalized”

‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones

Title: An American MarriageAuthor: Tayari JonesPublished: 2018Genre: Fiction Synopsis: A captivating love story that is also a clear-eyed look at the effects of injustice in contemporary American life, Tayari Jones’s novel gorgeously chronicles three people who are bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.As newlyweds, Celestial and Roy are living the American Dream.Continue reading “‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones”

‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe

Title: Things Fall ApartAuthor: Chinua AchebePublished: 1958Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second,Continue reading “‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe”

‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Title: AmericanahAuthor: Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiePublished: 2013Genre: Fiction Synopsis: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze hadContinue reading “‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”