I'm feeling pretty good about January and all the reading I accomplished, especially since this last month has been quite busy. I finished my application for library school; now hopefully they will let me in! And I applied for, interviewed, and got a job at a library, which is kind of a big deal since I have been looking for library work since the spring of 2014. Even amidst all that I was still able to keep up with my reading goals, which is encouraging.
So the month of January included some incredible books:
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
They were all amazing! I can't pick a favorite really. The Thing Around Your Neck was read for my book group and it inspired some eye-opening conversations about race, immigration, and even parenting. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek was probably the hardest to get through, not because it was bad, but because Annie Dillard is a tricky witch with words (and I mean that in the best way possible). Just Mercy made me cry and scream and laugh and hope for change. And some change did happen this month in relation to our criminal justice system: Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Juveniles in Federal Prisons. Between the World and Me destroyed me in the best way possible.
So there you have it, 4 out of the 52. More to read and more posts to come!
Also, here is another link to my spreadsheet. This time I made it public so you won't have to request to see it.