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52 books sounds like a lot...

That's what I said to myself in late 2018 when I decided I wanted to read at least one book a week in 2019. Well, here we are in week 29 of the year, and I'm almost a dozen books ahead of schedule. I'm trying to do better with the concept of reading for leisure, so some of the ones I classify as leisure reads, probably aren't actually considered leisure reads by other people...

I finally fell into the trap that is the love for audiobooks this year, which has been great for my commute, and when I have to be around people but don't want to be *connects headphones*.

Here's what I've finished so far (top 5 in blue, bottom 5 in orange):


The Mother of Black Hollywood (Jenifer Lewis)

Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward)

Everything's Trash but It's Okay (Phoebe Robinson)

The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)

Becoming (Michelle Obama)

You Can't Touch My Hair (Phoebe Robinson)

Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)

Shrill (Lindy West)

Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted (Jayne Allen)

Black Leopard Red Wolf (Marlon James)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)

Text Me When You Get Home (Kayleen Schaefer)

An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple)

Professional Focus

The Canons of Jihad (Jim Lacey)

Ambition Addiction (Benjamin Shalva)

Ally (Michael B. Oren)

Society (Politics and Otherwise)

Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle (Angela Davis)

Good and Mad (Rebecca Traister)

Thin Blue Lie (Matt Stroud)

Dear Madam President (Jennifer Palmieri)

Normal (Amy Bloom)


The Beast Side (D. Watkins)

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (MIchael Bennett)

Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)

Survey Graphic - Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro, March 1925

Citizen (Claudia Rankine)

Citizen Illegal (Jose Olivarez)

The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)

Heartland (Sarah Smarsh)

White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)

Eloquent Rage (Brittney Cooper)


Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon)

White Shoe (John Oller)

Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)

This Country of Ours (H.E. Marshall)

See my reviews here on Goodreads. Feel free to pick my brain in the comments about the ones that pique your interest!

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Jamie Ferrell
Jamie Ferrell
20 jul. 2019

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