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22.06.2020- On my Bookshelf #11

Monday, 22 June 2020

When lockdown started, I found myself suddenly really excited about the prospect of having more time to read. What I hadn't counted on, however, was that my concentration would go more or less completely out of the window, and that actually sitting down to get lost in a book was something which was easier thought about than actually done. Having said that, I have settled down a bit more over recent weeks, and have forced myself to pick up a book in the evenings rather than sit in front of a screen or scrolling through my phone. I've also been buying books left right and centre, and after a bit of a sortout last months (for the first time in years!), I've actually got space on my bookshelf for some new additions. Praise. Be. Here's a look at my latest book buys:


Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez has been on my shopping list since my last pre-lockdown lunch with Michelle when she picked it up, so when payday rolled around last month, I ordered it. Holding a magnifying glass up to the everyday gender biases which impact our lives, Invisible Women uncovers the gender data gap, and the consequential systemic gender biases which operate in every aspect of life to the perpetual detriment of women. I'm a little way in so far, and am gripped- as well as being completely shocked, although perhaps not surprised by some of the case studies. Definitely well worth a read. 

Next up, a book which I'm reading at the moment and getting through really quickly- Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This one had been on my reading list for a while, but after the last month or so, I felt compelled to put all of my other reading on hold to devote all of my attention to this title. I'm about halfway through so far, and I honestly believe that this needs to be mandatory reading for everyone- not just in schools, but also across the board. Eddo-Lodge's writing is essential for contextualising and understanding race relations in modern Britain, and indeed the broader, devastating global legacy of Britain's historical role in slavery and colonialism- the impact of which is currently front and centre in the global consciousness. If you read one book this summer, make it this one. 

Finally, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, which is going to be my next read. Examining Britain over the last 100 years through the prism of 12 different characters, this promises to be another brilliant title- and one which I'm really eager to get lost in. 

What have you been reading recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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