July Bookend

After having a slower June, July was a busier month for me readingwise. I finished the mammoth classic, The Fountainhead, which I undertook to read at the end of last month (and that is long overdue back to the library) out of sheer curiosity. What a doozy! I also finished the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy in just a few late-night readathons. This past month was a perfect mixture of old and new, fun and filling.

  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand || ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿพ
    • Enough is enough is enough. We have to figure out how to dismantle the hold that Ayn Rand has on conservatives with this nonsense philosophy of hers that she outlines in both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The stories are thinly-veiled excuses for a whole bunch of philosophy on the greatness of white men and…well that was exactly as good as it sounds. Check out my video blog about the book.
  • China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan || ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
    • This second installment in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy is almost as fun as the first, and definitely more anxiety-producing. Though Rachel is ostensibly the main character of the first book in the trilogy, the true character study is of wealth. Here, we actually get to see a lot more of our heroine, which I enjoyed.
  • Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan || ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
    • The final installment in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy is fun and fitting, though not quite as great as the first or second. I did appreciate that we got to see the more serious, human side of our characters. However, the over-the-top rich antics begin to wear on you after a while…not sure if that’s a product of the writing or the actual subjects. This was a good place for this series to end.
  • Baracoon – Zora Neale Hurston || ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
    • Buckle up buttercup, because this short book seems like a deceptively easy read until you realize that your soul is unraveling as you read it. This story of the last living man to be brought from Africa and sold into slavery in the U.S. is a life and a history…both his and ours. The dialect used as an additional layer of both difficulty and texture. I recommend you go slow and absorb everything that makes this story necessary. Check out the blog post here.
  • Drown – Junot Dรญaz || ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ
    • Now that my love affair with the work of Junot Dรญaz has ended, I can’t read his books the same. Though Drown is actually his first work, it’s the last that I read. It sounds like the same Dรญaz and feels like the same Dรญaz and maybe that’s a part of the problem. I do actually hope that he writes again and anew, because I would love to see where he goes from where he has been.
  • Halsey Street – Naima Coster || ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
    • This was one of my favorite books of the year. I may be biased, because this book centers on my ‘hood in New York, but it felt so real, so pressing, so present. Coster needs to write something else immediately…or maybe just hang out with me, because she’s my new girl crush.

-Dij

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