What I’m Reading Wednesday/Author Spotlight – Octavia Butler

What I’m Reading Wednesday/Author Spotlight – Octavia Butler

Today is a very special Wednesday because not only is it the day I share my current reads with you, but this read is also an author spotlight of mine for November.

Octavia Butler has been on my reading list since I bought this Mind of My Mind t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing. I recall feeling a little sheepish buying a t-shirt of a book I’ve never heard of. However, I told myself that I would eventually read Octavia Butler and that time has finally come. I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy especially when they’re written by women and women of color. Science fiction still feels like that one of those genres that’s dominated by white men and so I try my best to mix it up and include other authors of the genre.

However, what I’m learning about Octavia Butler has been blowing my mind.

I like to think of Octavia Butler as one of the earliest African American and female author of science fiction and fantasy. She’s been herald as ahead of her time writing about being a woman, being African American, being infringed, and being working class. She used her experiences growing up to help fuel the fire of her stories and the science fiction genre because it’s just so vast and the imagination is endless. She’s the first science fiction writer to be given the MacArthur Fellowship and a huge influence in the Black science fiction genre.

For my What I’m Reading Wednesdays, I’ll be exploring this genre and how that works with one of Octavia Butler’s iconic works, Kindred. I honestly feel like I’m learning so much just by picking up her novel. Here’s more on Kindred:

60931The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity.

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life.

During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

So this book is hitting all my science fiction needs. It’s got time travel, which in and of itself is paradoxical. It’s got a young African-American woman as the main character. It has her traveling back in time to a very poignant time in African-American history.

I think I’m about to have my mind blown. Will you be reading along with me?

You can find KINDRED on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Currently Loving – Thank u, next

Currently Loving – Thank u, next

It’s been a really long time since I broke up with someone and felt the heartache Ariana Grande felt in this song. If this song could have existed over five years ago, it would have saved me years of pain and teach me to move forward. It’s a truth that a lot of people figure out while examining themselves and their past relationships. You may no longer be with that person, but you can thank them for the lessons you’ve learned. You can thank them for the opportunity to feel love and loss. You can thank them for letting you go so you can be the best version of yourself.

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! I wasn’t sure if people liked sneaking a peek at what I’m reading this week, but I’ll keep soldiering on because I like it. That’s pretty much all that matters when it comes to a blog, right?

This week’s read isn’t technically a read, but it’s in book format and so I thought it’d be fun to highlight.

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Currently Loving: Self-Care

Currently Loving: Self-Care

This week randomly became a tough week after Vulture posted this article about taking pictures of open books. It criticizes the bookstagram community as well as readers who love to get creative with their books. You’re more than welcome to read it here.

Then pause a take a breath. It’s finally Friday.

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Currently Loving: Halloween Edition

Currently Loving: Halloween Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! We’re finally at the end of the week and Halloween is just around the corner. For me, Halloween isn’t a big deal. I don’t like dressing up and going to parties. I like staying home and getting in on that 50% off candy the next day.

However, I do like celebrating the occasion with some Halloween-y treats, some not-so-scary Halloween movies, and of course a few reads. While I won’t be reading these books during the Halloween weekend, I’m going to include my all-time favorite horror reads. They’re pretty old, but I like to go old school every once in a while.

Happy Friday and have some great and safe Halloween fun!

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What I’m Reading Wednesdays

What I’m Reading Wednesdays

Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s another day to talk about what I’m currently reading.

The past couple of days felt like me playing catch up with this blog. I’ve been making some subtle tweaks and writing up some blog posts, so there hasn’t been a lot of time to just  I’ve decided to start live-tweeting my thoughts because why not?

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