I have fourteen days left until I will have finished my final classes. I have good enough grades in all of them that I am not concerned about failing them with my final assignments, which is a relief. That has been weighing on me since this semester started.
“What if I fail and have to repeat a class?”
It’s been a long 11 years since I first enrolled in university, so the thought of having to push it back because I failed a class at this point was devastating. However, that is not going to be the case for me and I am ecstatic!
I have big plans for when I am finally finished my degree and most of them involve reading the books that have been building up on my shelves, just waiting for me to have the time and energy to read them.
So here is the list of the top ten books on that list, though they are in no particular order.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
- The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb
- American Assassin by Vince Flynn
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Now, I know I said they were in no particular order, but I do intend to start with the books that cover topics about race. I have a whole list of more books like that and I want to increase my understanding. I specifically chose books that were recommended by anti-racism activists of colour in order to find the materials that would actually grant me further knowledge, and not white wash the history. In case you are curious, this encompasses Book 1, 4, and 5 on the list.
After that, I will probably move on to the other educational works, such as Book 2 and 3, before going historical with Book 9 and 10. Then I’ll round the whole thing out with the fiction books listed between 6-8.
Of course, that is subject to change. After reading some heavy hitting material, I might need to switch over to some fiction for enjoyment purposes alone.
If you thought I was just going to read these books and never talk about them, you would be wrong. Starting in 2021, I will begin to blog about the books that I have been consuming again, sharing the stories and knowledge with those I’m blessed enough to have follow me.
See you soon, folks!