July 11th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

This past week’s events have left me feeling very angry, defeated, and with a general sense of hopelessness and fear. I’ve been sleeping less, flinching when I hear fireworks in my neighborhood (I live by a ballpark), and getting super paranoid seeing cop cars or hearing sirens (also frequent in my neighborhood). So, I haven’t been reading a lot, but I attended two BLM protests here in Chicago, and it was a powerful experience. To see teenagers stand in rallies and protests, chanting slogans and holding up posters, and my heart goes out to them because they don’t even have the privilege of living a relatively protected childhood because this is their reality. Anyway, I don’t have much to add to what is already being said, so I will not. But allies, please voice your support, donate towards the bail funds of the people that have been wrongfully arrested, call up your local government people, and check-in on your black friends and give them a space to grieve, vent, sit in silence, whatever they need. 

Currently reading:


This is the only book I’ve felt like reading at the moment. It is pretty intense for my already frayed emotions, but to read anything else makes me feel shitty. The healthy thing to do for me would be to pull back from Twitter for a few days, but I am unable to do that- as an ally, the least I can do is signal boost and voice my support on social media. 

Sending love and solidarity to you all. 

More later,



Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

18 thoughts on “July 11th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”

  1. Attending BLM protests in Chicago must be a powerful and moving experience. My city had a few small ones, but they didn’t compare to the ones I saw in larger cities. I too am amazed by the bravery of these young people who assert their right to life and dignity. I will not be meek nor half-hearted in my support for the BLM movement and having a Twitter account centered around a book blog will certainly not stop me from voicing my support.

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  2. Oh, hon, listen, self-care is a completely fine decision to make. Everyone says that. There are a lot of amazing people who are signal-boosting and helping in that way, and if you need to take a few days away from all this stuff to take care of yourself, you absolutely should do that. Your mental health is important too, okay? HUGS.

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  3. I think I was in the same mindset when I chose Evicted as one of my birthday books over the weekend. It feels like the right time to be reading this, for better and for worse.

    Take care of yourself!


  4. I haven’t been reading much lately either. I don’t want to hide in fiction right now, unless it’s the type I’m sharing with my kids. I’m very focused on building their home library at the moment.
    I read Evicted a few weeks ago. I hope you’re finding it as interesting as I did.

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  5. Right now I’m reading Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor, and Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler (that one is for my book group.)

    I keep thinking that reading books by people of color and talking and writing and tweeting about them is one way that I can be an ally. I am working on finding other ways.

    May this week be better for everyone.

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  6. Last week was a horrible week, and I don’t have much to add to the discussion, but I threw myself into fantasy this weekend to get away from everything. I’m in the middle of Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier, and have Tower of Thorns ready to go as soon as I finish it.

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