TTT|Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Posted June 16, 2020 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in books / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

For this week, it is books that are on my summer 2020 TBR pile. Due to the murder of George Floyd and all the protests, my summer reading plans have changed. Even though I am an ally and support Black Lives Matter, there is always more I can learn and do. Not all of my books will deal with systematic racism and the history of slavery, but a few will. Without further ado, my summer 2020 reading plans.

This book has been on my list for a while, but I’m going to actually read it this summer. Actually getting a copy does help.

As most people know, this is a true story based on one of Bryan Stevenson’s first cases in Alabama about a man wrongly condemned to death for a murder that evidence proves he did not commit. Since then Stevenson has been a social justice activist as he continues to practice law.

A book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. Alexander explores and exposes the deep rooted seeds of the prison system for Blacks. Her central premise is that “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow.”

I’ve been such a fan of Trevor Noah’s since he took over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart and have watched both his Netflix specials multiple times. So, I’m super excited to finally delve into his book about growing up in South Africa.

Born during apartheid era, this memoir is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist.

An historical expose by David A. Blackmon, who brings to life one of the most shameful chapters of American history, an “Age of Neoslavery.”

I think I’ve said this before, I really love retellings. Especially fun, not always accurate, retellings.

In this story, of Lady Jane Grey, there is magic, reluctant kings, and squabbling family drama.

What can I say, I’m in library school. Although this is not an assigned book.

Lankes provides a guide for how librarians can be radical positive change agents in their communities, dedicated to learning and making a difference.

I am about half-way through and so far, it’s been a pretty informative and fascinating read.

I will buy any book Sarah J. Maas writes without reading the summary. It does not matter. She is a masterful storyteller and everyone needs to read her books.

That’s all I got to say about that!

I received this as an eARC that I’m almost done reading. Unfortunately, work gets in the way of my fun reading time.

This is gorgeously written with beautiful characters and such a compelling story line. I usually only stop reading when I physically cannot keep my eyes open.

Another eARC I received from NetGalley. I first heard about this on Library Journal’s Day of Dialog virtual event and was hooked by it.

Franny Stone is a wanderer. But when the wild she loves begins to slowly disappear, she can no longer without a destination. An ode to our threatened world and a breathtaking page-turner about the lengths we will go for the people we love.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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