It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on this site (work and school pretty much consume my life), so that also means I haven’t read anything either.
Fortunately, recently I’ve finished three out of my four summer classes, so that gives me time to catch up on my reading. In the meantime, since I can’t neglect my blog and leave it looking bare, I’ve decided to do weekly blog posts on all of the books I’ve read in 2018!
I’ll also be starting a Netflix black leads series, but that’s something for the end of this week, so be on the lookout for that as well!
The year of the Black Woman (or is that every year?)
I decided to make 2018’s theme all about black female authors and read material solely made by a sista, for a sista. With the thrift store and amazon serving as my book-depots, I read the kind of books you wouldn’t normally find on any recent NY Times bestselling list. Although some were bad, some have earned permanent spots on my book shelf.
January 2018 pick of month:
“I Almost Forgot About You” by Terry McMillan was the first book I read in 2018. It’s also the first Terry McMillan material I’ve ever read, and so I was psyched to see the works of the “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” author.
I believe Terry to be the kind of woman who can deliver, especially to her female audiences. Since the days of her book-turned-movie bestsellers, I feel like the author’s style has aged slightly. What I mean by that is that now that she’s an older woman I feel as though she writes for an older crowd. That’s exactly who “I Almost Forgot About You” was meant for. It was because of that that I didn’t find the book bad, just unappealing and ill-fitting for a 23-year-old living in today’s world facing completely different issues.
There were some things I did like about it though. I’m not in the business for spoiling, so I’ll keep things as above the surface as possible. I like how McMillan showed us what a true mid-life crisis really looks like through main character Georgia Young. A divorcee, Young was fed up with her job, her kids, lack of a love life, and life itself. Through a devastating surprise (again, won’t spoil it!), Young was inspired to contact all of her old ex’s in an attempt to make amends with the past. In taking care of that aspect of her life, Young also tidies up other areas in her life she hadn’t noticed before. This is where I started enjoying the book. Despite feeling less beautiful because of her age, Young pushed herself through a self-proposed challenge, and I found that so inspiring. I enjoyed Young’s perseverance in continuing to try in her love life despite her fears, her negative thoughts, and the dreariness around her that seemed to threaten the hope of prosperity. While many women in Young’s shoes would throw in the towel and subject themselves to going through the notions of easing into becoming part of generation elderly, Young fought back. She sold her house, she stopped feeling so bad about the things she couldn’t change, and found love. Now that’s how you do it!
A Strong Message for All Ages
My take away from this book as a young woman is to keep pushing despite the odds that seem against you. It’s never too late, you’re never too young/old, and nothing is impossible. Also remember that everything is connected, and if one area in your life may seem a bit off or isn’t satisfying, take a step back at life and look at the bigger picture. You might find a correlation between the other areas of your life which can help you identify its issues and find better solutions.
This wraps up my first blog post for 2018 reading list series. Be on the lookout for book #2 next Wednesday!
Thanks for reading!