Bibliophile World: May Book Challenge

For the month of May I’m participating the the bibliophile world photo challenge. The first post, simply a TBR. I have stubbled upon a few books whilst browsing my local library shelves. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus; Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy; The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula le Guin; My Father’s Daughter by Hannah Pool; The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma; Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.

The second is an anticipated read getting published this month. This is another concept that has been introduced to me through bookstagram: knowing months in advance when a book is going to be published and anticipating it’s release. I think this may be derived from young adult series fiction, when understandably readers await the next instalment in a trilogy, quartet, etc. It’s been a while since I was young enough to engage in this delicious type of anticipatory excitement; unfortunately I am awaiting no new releases, my TBR consists largely of books I ought to have read some time ago, having been published in most cases for many years.

The third photo, a bookish rainbow, was a light hearted joy to construct. I’m in the process of reorganising my books having recently moved house and it was fun to play amongst my bookshelves, although I was truck by how lacking in colour my book spines are, having faded from too long in the sun, or simply been bound in muted colours to begin with.

Fourth, a recommendation. Recently read, The Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy. Her work bringing to wider notice the realities of neo-liberalism is immensely important and more timely now than ever.

Finally for today’s post, a quick read, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, is a short yet fulsome novel told from an adolescent perspective, with wisdom and pathos.

I’m enjoying this little challenge and the way it has brought me to a more lively interaction with my reading, old and new, bought and borrowed. I’ll be updating my progress later in the month.

Peripheral living. Marginalia

what is it to be marginalised? to live only in margins?

the family court needs a black-and-white. a dated-and-signed. wants a neatly delineated narrative. life does not readily yield such neatness. while history written by the victor and to the victor go the spoils. in life there’s space for other perspectives in margins or between lines. a soft and seemingly blank space of vulnerabilities. fragile with having never yet been written down. or having been written only in white ink.

i’ve said before. his telling of this tale is more readily assimilable into a proscribed narrative, a dominant narrative of this culture. women lie.

i could have held my tongue. a few more seconds. no one had to know. a few more seconds and this could still have been secret.

i’m not much of a teller. each woman who has confided in me the memory of her own horror, i’ve kept that to myself. never breathed a word. i won’t write their names here or anywhere. or speak them. when they told me i think they knew their secret shame would be safe here in this body until i am earth.

that has to do with living a marginal life in more ways than one. which is a breadth of space too wide for me to encompass here.


ecritez! l’ecriture est pour toi, tu est pour toi, ton corps est a toi. prends-le.

le rire de la meduse.


if you are silent about your pain they will kill you and say you enjoyed it.

zora neale hurston


your silence will not protect you.

audre lorde

13 Books To Read By Black Feminist Women

The Resistance Library

Re-blogged with permission from Role Reboot and the author. [Role Reboot, 12-22-14]


By Khadijah Costley White
Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
Find her on Twitter here.

Whether you’re still looking for a gift for a feminist friend, need some vacation reading material, or just want to understand what black feminism is all about, look no further.

Here’s my suggested list of Black Feminist Books to read (and read again).

My Personal Favorites (in no particular order):

Words of Fire Collection, edited by Beverly Guy-Scheftall

This compilation of black women’s writing throughout American history is aptly titled: It is fire. From Sojourner Truth to radical black feminist critiques in the late 20th century, there is no reason why every single person should not own and read this book. If you want a reader on black feminism, this should be your go-to.

Crusade for…

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