15 good reads/re-reads in 2013. I read fewer books in 2013 (22) than in 2012 (58), but that’s because I definitely wrote 4x the amount in 2013 versus 2012 and read about 3x more articles, essays and papers in 2013 than 2012. These 15 above were good reads though. Some are re-reads because honestly, each time I read a book it’s new. I’m rarely the same person picking it up for the second, third or fourth time. It’s like a familiar destination but how I interpret the terrain changes and the journey is altered a bit.
Below are links (courtesy of readabookson's blog) to download many of them; the ones I couldn't find I just added an Amazon link though you can check your local Black-owned bookstore as well, if you have one in your area.
- In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker - Alice Walker
- The Womanist Reader - Layli Phillips
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and The Politics of Empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins
- Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday - Angela Y. Davis
- Sister Outsider - Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde - Audre Lorde
- Pedagogy of The Oppressed - Paulo Freire
- Are Prisons Obsolete? - Angela Y. Davis
- Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
- Black Looks: Race and Representation - bell hooks
- The Cross of the Redemption: Uncollected Writings - James Baldwin
- Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and The New Racism - Patricia Hill Collins
- Sisters of The Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery - bell hooks
- Mom & Me & Mom - Maya Angelou
- Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters - compilation
- The Same River Twice: Honoring The Difficult - Alice Walker
I have a long reading list planned for next year, (which I will try to pin to Pinterest again like I did for ‘12-‘13), but my list is always longer than I can actually accomplish. I guess that’s what makes it great; the idea that you can never really finish, that it’s about the quality of what you read more than the quantity, it’s about how you apply it, and some things need to be read over a lifetime, again and again, even as ideas continue to evolve and build on previous foundations.