I like reading books. Or rather, I like the idea of reading books, but find it difficult to find the time and mental energy to commit to them. Thankfully, fall comes with a lot of random break times that are perfect for snuggling up under a warm blanket with a book and a cup of tea. Here are some of the books I’m going to try to read all compiled into one fall reading list!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
“Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time…”
I’m currently in the process of re-reading the Harry Potter books while listening to the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast. They’re on book 5, so of course I am on book five, which introduces one of my favorite characters in the series: Luna Lovegood!
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel’s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.”
I bought this book in high school in hopes of writing about it on my AP Literature exam. Did I write about this book? Yes. Did I read it? No, but I am pretty familiar with the plot via the help of Sparknotes and Shmoop. I do want to give a full read through though and relive what my past should have been!
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
“The Amazing Arden is the most notorious female illusionist of her day, renowned for sawing a man in half. One night, with policeman Virgil Holt in the audience, she swaps her saw for a fire axe. A new trick or an all-too-real murder? When a dead body is discovered, the answer seems clear. But under Holt’s interrogation what Arden’s story reveals is both unbelievable and spellbinding.”
You may remember this book from last year’s December Reading List. It took me until the start of October to finish even one book from that list (The Goblet of Fire) and I am ready to take up another with this book!
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
“…Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon…”
This book was a gift from some of my favorite professors after I received a reward for Anthropology & Sociology (ya girl’s a true academic), but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. It does seem like the perfect book for me though! I’m black, a feminist, and a firm subscriber of superhero culture.
Ms. Marvel (2014)
“Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!”
Comic books are still books, right? Well, they better be, because I’ve been a huge fan of this series. I see a lot of myself in Kamala, because this girl is stressed. While I’ve never had to figure out new superpowers and keep a secret life from my family, I can relate to the general sentiment.
What’s on your reading list?
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!