“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi – I actually finished this book at the tail end of July, but feel that it is such an important read for everyone, I wanted to make sure to mention it. As a person who has lived in the midwest all my life, in a predominantly white community, in a predominantly white neighborhood, I didn’t realize how pervasive racism is in all aspects of our society. I hope everyone will take time to read this book and work to foster an attitude of true community and empathy for everyone.
“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy – I have been trying for months to get into this book, and I’m just not able to relate to any of the characters. The story itself has a lot of possibility, I just can’t get into it. If anyone has read this book, I’d be interested to hear your opinion, so please leave me a comment.
“A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin – I loved the HBO series of the same name, so I’m working my way through the books. I will admit that I’m not really into the fantasy/sci-fi genre in general, and the visuals presented in the show have helped me with the book just because I get lost in the details and descriptions and it slows me down. I’m enjoying the book very much.
“The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby – This book illustrates examples in the history of the American church of how complicit that the church has been toward racism. Both this book and “How to be an Antiracist” were very uncomfortable reads for me, just because they opened my eyes to seemingly innocuous practices that are, in fact, elements of racism.
“Secret Stories of Walt Disney World” by Jim Korkis – Korkis, a Disney historian, presents the true and factual stories behind many attractions, resorts, and other parts of the place where Dreams Come True. It’s a very fun read