It is so nice to be home and to have time cut out of my day just for reading and nothing else. I so need this. I have several books that I need to dig into. (Cause I am lagging behind in my Goodreads challenge).
#BFRaT is an annual 24-hour readathon that takes place on Black Friday (November 26). The goal isn’t to read for a full 24-hour straight, instead, it’s a chill opportunity to read what you’ve got, make some progress on reading goals, and talk to other readers. And there are games and prizes too!
I’m starting with an audiobook The 1619 Project and a cup of green tea. What book are you starting with? Then I am going to take a few hours to get some blogging things done. After that, the plan is to work on a paperback I have had for a few months. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall. I will be hosting an IG Live giveaway towards the end of the reading challenge. So join us there. You must be signed up to win.
Amber @DuLivre came up with this brilliant idea five years ago. A read-a-thon at home with the books we love. I mean this is the most perfect event. You can:
- Finish a book on your nightstand.
- Get caught up on a reading challenge.
- Start that book you have always wanted to read.
I know you are excited about the read-a-thon now. So here is the information about the #BFRaT (that’s the hashtag we will be using.)
MY #BFRAT TBR PILE
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a revealing vision of the American past and present.
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story builds on The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project,” which reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This book substantially expands on the original “1619 Project, “weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself. This legacy can be seen in the way we tell stories, the way we teach our children, and the way we remember. Together, the elements of the book reveal a new origin story for the United States, one that helps explain not only the persistence of anti-Black racism and inequality in American life today, but also the roots of what makes the country unique.
The book also features an elaboration of the original project’s Pulitzer Prize–winning lead essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones on how the struggles of Black Americans have expanded democracy for all Americans, as well as two original pieces from Hannah-Jones, one of which makes a case for reparative solutions to this legacy of injustice.
Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?
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Don’t forget, there is still time to sign up for Black Friday Readathon! It’s a lowkey readathon hosted by DuLivre, yours truly Mocha Girls Read, and Books and Sensibility.
THE #BFRAT SCHEDULE
2 am EST- What bookish family would you like to have a holiday meal with? Du Livre Blog
6 am EST – Book cover puzzle Mocha Girls Read Blog
12 pm EST- Share your fave quote from current read Books and Sensibility Blog and Jess Twitter
2 pm EST- Match your current read with a holiday dessert. Du Livre Twitter
4 pm EST- Snack pairing with current read. Kat’s IG and Twitter
8 PM EST- IG Live on Mocha Girls Read
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