My 2017 Spring/Summer Reading List

Most writers are avid readers. I am no exception. I read everything from news, politics, culture, music, language, poetry and beyond. Part of this is a result of having an insatiable obsession with reading—the other part is my will to learn and experience the world in a way that is only possible through knowledge.

While throwing books into my cart and simultaneously pondering what my next post would be about I figured that I would make a list and share it on my blog. Perhaps through reading this post you will find learn a little more about me or even find something that piques your interest. Just FYI, my reading lists will be organized by book, what the book is about, why I want to purchase it and finally a link where you can purchase the book if you so choose.

Culture

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is supposed to be about the struggles of poor whites in Rural America. This book interests me because I come from a southern family largely based in rural America. I am interested in seeing his perception of this experience and how life is for those who fit into this socioeconomic status.

This book has been on my reading list for a long time. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is a book on culture, society and feminism. Chimamanda is a strong woman who stands firm in her beliefs. She isn’t afraid to stand up and represent women at large. She is a special kind of writer and speaker that I hold close to my heart. I am interested in this book as it is feminism from a black perspective.

Music

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is a book I’ve been wanting to purchase for quite a while. I am a huge Led Zeppelin fan who admires Page’s guitar playing and innovation. My main interest in this book is learning the man behind the guitar. Even if he’s literally never responded to my tweets.

Politics

Noam Chomsky focuses in on the correlation between money and power in Requiem for the American Dream. I’m interested in this book because I feel that money is the most powerful factor in politics or power. I love reading and hearing Noam’s thoughts so I figured that this book might be a good read for that purpose.

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders made the list because I want to understand the mind of both Bernie Sanders and his diehard supporters. What I love about Bernie Sanders is his passion and devotion to the American people. You don’t have to agree with his politics to respect his patriotism and love for fellow Americans.

I first heard about Jane Mayer’s Dark Money on NPR radio if I’m not mistaken. Money being used to steer the political climate bothers me which is why I want to pick this book up to learn more. I know someone is going to ask whether I think the right is more influenced by money than the left. The answer is simple.  I don’t know. But I do know that politicians on both sides of the isle are constantly being bought.

The title pretty much speaks for itself. I want to be able to understand why people believe and vote the way that they do. I feel like this book will help me to do just that. The Righteous Mind is about understanding what each political ideology truly means in a sense while broadening the scope to allow us to understand why others intuitively think and feel the way that they do.

Christian

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is a Christian book geared at teaching women how to study he bible. This book interests me because there is pink on the cover (I’m not kidding) and I’m a believer looking to study the bible in a simple and effective way.

Come with Me is a Christian book  by Suzanne Eller geared towards women who are believers. This book teaches women to follow God’s lead. I want to purchase this book for peace of mind. I find books like this to be very soothing when no one understands what I am going through. Christian books always pick me up when I’m blue.

Wait and See by Wendy Pope is like the last book in the sense that it helps you walk through life with purpose. I feel like this book is relevant to me because I often find myself in a position where I feel like I am not doing everything I can or my life is simply not progressing the way it should. Again, these kinds of books keep me positive in troubling or difficult times.

Poetry

I’ve been wanting to read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur for some time. This book is a compilation of prose and poetry that encompasses the female experience. Topics range from abuse and sexual assault to relationships and love.

Nayyirah Waheed’s Salt is a collection of poetry that spans across a variety of topics. Love, hate, immigration, pain, loneliness, happiness, existentialism. Salt is the realist’s poetry obsession and I love it for that reason. Nothing interests me more than writing the alludes to real human feelings.

Nejma is another collection of poetry by the same writer. This book is more reflective than the last. What made me add it to my list is the fact that she illustrates life in even the most simplistic of manners.

Yrsa Daley-Ward speaks on various topics including love and romance in her poetry work titled Bone. While I’m not someone who usually reaches for romantic works I was enticed to grab this book because of the fact that she speaks so poignantly on the topics of love, sex and romance.

Fiction

I had to pick up Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Why? The first and foremost reason is that I absolutely love Thor. The second reason is that I am a love over all things mythology from any and every culture. Mythology is a great escape from the world without having to uproot and physically go anywhere.

Everything, Everything is a fiction book by Nicola Yoon about a girl who essentially lives in a bubble. I am interested in reading this book because I recently saw the trailer for the motion picture and was, for once in my life, interested from start to finish. The book features a girl protagonist who is allegedly ill. She meets her neighbor and kind of falls in love with him. The story seems so raw and pure. I can’t wait to read it.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling will always be one of my favorite fiction series. I’m a millennial—what did you expect?

We made it! I hope that you liked this reading list that I threw together for this spring. Please like and share this post if you enjoyed it. Which one of these books stuck out to you the most and why? What’s on your spring reading list? Leave a comment in the box below.

 

Kyanna K.

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