Hi friends and fellow book lovers! I cannot believe June is over! Where is the time going!!!!!
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: 4.5 stars, rounded to four
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: 4 stars
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: 5 stars
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: 2.5 stars, rounded to two
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: 4 stars
- Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe: 5 stars
This was a not bad reading month! I was in a bit of a slump tbh and just didn’t want to read anything. Hopefully that gets better in July!
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: the writing of this one is rough ngl and it’s very slow, but I’m also intrigued.
- I actually don’t think I watched anything of note this month. My sister and I rewatched High School Musical: The Musical: The Series with my brother, and he loved it so I think that means that you should all watch it. Other than that, I watched an exorbitant amount of Tik Toks.
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Other news and highlights
- Almost nothing of note happened in June.
- Oh, I started an argument on Christian bookstagram and had some really great responses. My favourite was a woman saying “you’re not Catholic” which is really funny to me because (1) I am not and (2) I never said I was.
- I started a new job, so that’s exciting! I’m really enjoying it so far, my colleagues and bosses are great and I’m really enjoying the work.
- My sister and I went to a BLM vigil, and I only mention this because I wanted to talk about how well-organized it was. It was almost completely organized by Black women, largely young women. They purposely did a vigil so that there was no marching and was therefore inclusive of those who cannot march. They had several ASL translators. They had an Afro-Indigenous woman give a land acknowledgement at the beginning. The only deaf Black woman in the city spoke about the importance of intersectionality. They explicitly made clear that this was peaceful and cops were not welcome. They handed out masks and hand sanitizer and had markings on the ground the help with social distancing. They talked about the need for race-based data. It was amazing, and a blueprint for how to host one of these events.
Don’t forget, Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor. Arrest the cops that killed Elijah McClain. Arrest the cops that killed Ejaz Choudry. Defund the police. Sign a petition. Read a book by a Black author. Make a donation.
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: a non-profit that “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans”.
- Black Legal Action Centre: an Ontario-based organization that that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents (link will take you to their home page, where there is a link to donate).
- The Black Solidarity Fund: donations provided until July 31st will be matched up to $1 million! The Black Solidarity fund pools donations and divides them to over 40 charities that support Black Canadians. There is a list on the donation page of the charities the donations go to.
Also, don’t forget to wear a mask! If you live in Alberta, you can get them for free at McDonald’s! You have no excuse! So wear a mask! Use hand sanitizer! Wash your hands! Don’t go to restaurants even if they’re open! Get takeout instead! Don’t be selfish!
How was your June? How has social distancing been? Have you read any good books lately? Let me know!!