Hey everyone and happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week, and just started a new month… now isn’t that something? So I finished some books, and then started some books, (as I tend to do), but there’s been enough of a change in my reading that I believe a WWW Wednesday post is warranted.
On that note, let’s talk books!
What I’ve Recently Read:
I finally finished Inclusify! In my last WWW Wednesday, I discussed how the first half of the book, although filled with interesting statistics and studies, didn’t necessarily tell me anything that I wasn’t already aware of. However, after reading through the second half of the book, I definitely learned some new ways to look at how concepts such as “White Knighting” can harm a company’s attempt to embrace diversity within their office. There is also a term Dr. Johnson uses to describe those who identify with a minority group, but are similar to a “White Knight” which is a “Shepherd”. The problem with being a “Shepherd” is that even though you may be hiring someone based on their skills, if you both identify with a minority group, others who may work in the company may think that’s the main reason you hired who you did. A lot of this can be fixed through good communication and being transparent about your hiring process. For example, if when you look at resumes you choose not to see the name of the applicant, and are only judging them based on their experience, this should be something that should be known in the office.
Overall, Inclusify is definitely a must-read for those in management or C-Suite positions, but even if you aren’t, I swould still recommend reading it, mostly because it can help you reflect on how your perspective of the world influences your biases, whether in the work place or in your personal life.
I also finished The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle a while ago, and overall, I really enjoyed it. Without giving too much away, the ending was a bit out there, and definitely not what I was expecting, but in a good way. If you’re looking for a good murder mystery book with a twist, I still recommend checking this out.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Since Banned Book Week is at the end of this month (09/27-10/3), I decided to read The Color Purple and Fahrenheit 451 for some posts I’m writing for that particular week. Right now, I am around 19 pages into The Color Purple and 48 pages into Fahrenheit 451. For books that are considered classics, I’m moving through them at a decent pace, which is a good sign for me 😂
What I Plan on Reading:
Now that I’m finished reading Inclusify, I want to get back to reading Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race. I made it about 16 pages in before taking a break, so I may just completely start over from the beginning, but I’m excited to start reading it again!
I also recently bought a copy of the book Of Fire and Stars, which I’ve had my eyes on for awhile. Of Fire and Stars follows Princess Dennaleia as she prepares to marry to seal an alliance between her kingdom and the kingdom of Mynaria, and she is to be taught by her betrothed’s sister, Princess Amaranthine. However, an assassination rocks the kingdom, leading to Dennaleia and Amaranthine to team up in an attempt to find the culprit, and them realizing their friendship maybe growing into something more. It sounds like a cute story (besides the assassination part), and honestly? A cute story is what I need right now 😂 Hopefully this lives up to my expecations!
That’s all I have for today! Let me know what you’re currently reading, or if you just finished a book, did you enjoy it?
On that note, I will see you next week with a new post! Have a good rest of your week!
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