As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.
Over the summer, I participated in a Sci-Fi reading challenge by Fortified by Books. In addition to motivating me to get around to reading some great sci-fi, it made me realize something liberating: you can invent your own reading challenges! For years, I have been participating in those year-long 50 category challenges, but sometimes they started to feel oppressive. That’s why I love these short-term challenges that increase my knowledge of a specific genre. So this fall, I challenged myself to break into a genre I rarely touch, by reading as much nonfiction in the month of November as I can. Here are some of the books I chose: Continue reading Personal Reading Challenges: Nonfic November
When I finished reading Octavia’s Brood, I was at a loss for words. I knew I had to somehow make my thoughts coherent to write this post, but all I really wanted to do was run around waving the book in people’s face shouting “Read this! Absorb this! Take this in and truly imagine all of the radical possibilities this book offers!” Mostly I just wanted to flail and shout “Read it now!” to everyone and no one all at once.
For those of you who haven’t heard about this book yet, the full title is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and it is an anthology edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha. The title is a reference to Black science-fiction author Octavia Butler (as well as a reference to her Xenogenesis trilogy, also known as Lilith’s Brood), and the book was recently included on io9’s “Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in April.” The official release date was March 15th, but it’s still making its way to store shelves in some places.