Welcome to the Biannual Bibliothon Day 4 blog challenge! Today’s challenge is
6° of Separation with a Twist
How do you play? It’s simple
Step 1: Pick a book from the choices below (seems pretty obvious, I know)**
Step 2: Link book with 6 other books
Step 3: Leave your link in comments section
Step 4: Check back and Add more books to your TBR
Feel free to link them however you like – by author, genre, theme, etc. or they may be linked by some personal experience. And because finding 6 books to link wasn’t enough, I’ve decided to throw in a little twist.
Twist: All the books you choose have to include some type of diversity.
Click HERE to see the list of books to choose from.
I chose The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Part-Time Indian is semi-autobiographical. I read this a few years ago because there was a brouhaha over it and it was being challenged in some schools. For the challenge, I also decided to only choose books I already own.
#1 – Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain was the first semi-autobiographical book that came to my mind. I remember reading it in college and some folks were all aghast when the professor said that he was gay.
#2 – Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
This next guy I had heard of, but didn’t really know anything about him, let alone that he was gay. I heard that his book Me Talk Pretty One Day was hilarious and when I saw it a library book sale for $2 I had to get. And thank you David Sedaris for some serious belly laughs.
#3 – The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
David Sedaris was my first foray into reading humor writing and since then I’ve racked up a little bit of mileage in that genre. The last book I read was The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. That book had perhaps one of the best lines I’ve read in a long time, which made me spit my soda out through my nose
I felt my vagina dry and shrivel up, like a raisin in the sun.
#4 – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rae mentions her African heritage a few times in the book; and when I was putting this list together I kept thinking who, and then it hit me – BAMM! Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is Nigerian and splits her time between Nigeria and the United States. Americanah is partly about two immigrants one in the U.S. and the other undocumented in London and the trails they face.
#5 – The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Because immigration is such a hot topic now in the U.S., I chose for my next book Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees for a couple of reason. It was the first book to come to mind and Nguyen and his family are immigrants. The came from Vietnam as refugees to the states in 1975. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories that captures the dreams and hardships of immigrants.
#6 – The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
And lastly, there is The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston another amazing Asian-American writer. The Woman Warrior is Kingston’s memoir which she tells using five interconnected chapters that read like short stories. She also uses Chinese folktales to tell her story.
If you’re playing along leave your link in the comments section.