Yesterday I just . . . flailed. I did get some work done (had to; the academic year starts in 3 weeks and I am starting to feel frantic about our state of readiness). But when I was not working or in meetings I was on social media, reading CNN headlines, and just feeling sad.
However, sitting around in an unfocused frenzy isn’t really helping anyone. So I will take my day yesterday for what it was worth and try to move past it. More focus. Less wallowing. IT’S A NEW QUINTILE TODAY. Time to act like it.
One of the social media themes yesterday was idea of amplifying Black voices* in our social and real-life communities. It is a tiny act, but in this vein I thought I would share 3 of my favorite books written by Black authors.
1- The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I remember reading this while pumping and it was perfect. She also has a book coming out this year that is on my summer reading list already: The Vanishing Half.
2- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. An epic love story centered around a woman who moves to the US from Nigeria. Incredibly immersive and fascinating. I have not read her other novels but I want to!
3- Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu. Loved this book (particularly the part where she and her husband made comprehensive lists about which household tasks they handled – and each missed many of the others’!). She was also a podcast guest (ep #95).
(Very on-brand, I was also going to share Glamorous Planning with you but found out that founder Alexa is taking a hiatus from making planners. I hope she returns because her planners are gorgeous.)
* I have never capitalized Black before but am learning it is preferred by many.