I wrote last week about all the listening I’d been doing, conversations I’d been having, and other work about truly being anti-racist. I made plans to read books. I made plans to host discussions at church. I donated money. I followed along when Bookstagram revolted against Book of the Month. and when Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief stepped down and a crew of the folks I love from their Test Kitchen shared about the terribly toxic and racially biased environment. I read more. I listened to Lisa Sharon Harper on Pantsuit Politics’ podcast. I sat with things. and finally, on Thursday, I listened to Austin Channing Brown and Brené Brown in conversation on Brene’s Unlocking Us podcast. I also watched their Instagram Live. Austin talked about how All of This was just about becoming a better human for other humans. I needed help to even figure out where to get started and those conversations were what I needed.
And this morning, I saw this, from Oh Happy Dani
GOALS, y’all! with Actions I can take in MY sphere of influence today.
I’m beginning with books (ongoing learning and growth), Instagram (diversifying my media, especially around books and even adding some culture – after last year, my feed was pretty much centered on making/knitting/sewing), our July and August series at church (addresses all of those actions), and my shopping (especially books, yarn, and fabric).
I made a summer reading list on Goodreads.
This year I started following a few Bookstagram accounts and many of the new accounts I added to my feed are Bookstagrammers. Three of the books on this list are from those accounts:
Traci from The Stacks (also a podcast) has chosen Savage Appetites for June.
Shelbey from Shelbeyandthebooklub has chosen Deacon King Kong for July.
Sara from Fiction Matters (co-host of Novel Pairings podcast) has been raving about Passing.
The other books on the list should be obvious choices. Where I can, I’m going to try to read BIPOC authors to fill the remaining squares on my two bingo cards (did I tell y’all a started a second card?) I still have 30 squares to go. good thing I’m not going anywhere this summer. I have a lot of time to read!
I wish I were better about Instagram (as in sharing things) … I have seen so much good stuff there. I am going to try to be more present there. This blog is still my comfortable place. Thank you for being here with me!