The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’ve been waiting to read There There for most of this year and I’ve finally bought a copy and am reading it. I’m still right at the beginning but, so far, I really like the writing style and am excited to get stuck in. This is Tommy Orange’s debut and tells the story of a group of people making their way to a powwow.
The other book that I’m dipping in and out of is The Richard Burton Diaries. This is probably going to take me a good year to get through because it’s pretty big and dense so this is the last time I’m going to mention it in a ‘currently reading’ post. Until you see it crop up in a reading wrap-up, just assume I’m still reading it. The early diaries from his teen years are also kind of spinning me out as he’s mentioning a lot of places in his hometown (that’s also my hometown) that I’m so familiar with. I never thought I’d be reading about those places in a book. It’s really cool.
Technically I didn’t finish this. I DNF’d it.
This book is an extremely important one in U.S. history because it was the first book to publicly expose the government’s history of abuses and crimes against Native Americans. I had to DNF it for two reasons, though:
- I’d already read more detailed and up-to-date books on the exact same topic (An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States; The Inconvenient Indian)
- This book was a product of its time (1881) and, while Jackson does a fantastic and well-researched job at pointing out where the government has broken treaty laws, there’s a continuous theme of “Indians are good as long as they’re civilised (*cough*Christian) and don’t revert back to their old ‘savage’ ways.”
I wasn’t here for that. Maybe I’ll go back to it one day because, as I said, it is an important historical document. But for now? Nah.
This gif is such a cop out but There There is the last book on my #20BooksofSummer list so, once I’ve completed that, my summer reading challenge is over! The sky’s the limit!
It’s not like I have a shortage of books. I have about 50 books still left on my TBR so there’ll definitely be a next one. I just don’t know what it is. I haven’t picked a book randomly off my shelves all summer. Kind of exciting. Who knows what I’ll be in the mood for?