I’m already planning to read a Harlem Renaissance Classic for the Classics Circuit (Black No More), but I decided rather belatedly to read some more African-American history for Black History Month. I went to my own bookshelves and was surprised to find I don’t have very many African-American books I haven’t read. I realize, as Teresa wrote about the other week, that I need to make acquiring African-American fiction a priority so I have it on my shelves.
I did find A Raisin the Sun, recently arrived from bookmooch, and I have a few Toni Morrison books and some others. I’m not sure I’m in the mood for another Morrison read right now, but I also requested a few books from the library: Frederick Douglass’s autobiography and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in particular. I look forward to adding more African-American reading to my lineup in the future, even if I don’t get to them all this month.
I finished one book since February began, and it was a good one. On the other hand, Sense and Sensibility feels a bit disappointing. People kept telling me it wasn’t their favorite Austen, and I suspect it won’t be for me either. The characters feel flat and stereotyped. But, the romantic tension is starting to build, so maybe it will improve.
I’m making slow progress on Inventing English but I enjoy it and since I’m finished with Half the Sky (great book!) I’ll make that a priority. I also really need to read Dorian Gray this week, as my book club is coming up soon, and Schuyler’s novel: my Harlem Renaissance post date is approaching.
I keep checking out books. I’m never going to catch up.
Are you reading anything special in honor of Black History Month? Even if not, I hope you follow the Harlem Renaissance Circuit.