As an avid reader, I belong to a few book clubs and I try to go out of my comfort zone and read genres that I would usually pass over. Of course, I indulge in my favorite authors as well. This is a start of a new semester where I will be head teaching for the first time (and on video…wow) so I’ll be busy with writing journals, learning experience activities and so on. I’ve decided to limit my number of books so that I will actually have the time to read and enjoy them all.. I have two below I’ve picked up recently:
“The Light We Carry” is an inspiring follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir “Becoming” ( I’ve read this one also, great book). Former First Lady Michelle Obama shares wisdom and common-sense strategies for staying optimistic and balanced in todays uncertain times. There are stories and reflections on accepting change, working through challenges and her belief that when we use our light to assist others, we can light up the world around us, acknowledging truths and ways to progress.
” The Vanishing Half” is a #1 New York Times Bestseller by Brit Bennett and one of Barack Obamas’ favorite books of the year. Brit Bennetts’ writing style is reminiscent of James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. This novel is about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who choose to live a totally different life, of two worlds: One black and one white. Set in a southern black community and running away at the age of 16, their fates are still intertwined, even miles apart. Brit Bennett writes an emotional family story and a chance to reflect on the American history of passing. It goes beyond race, and explores some of the multiple reasons people have chosen to live as something other than their origins.