Earlier this month, I wrote about John Green and Rosianna Halse Roja's new book club, Life's Library, that my sister bought me a membership to for my birthday in November. I just finished reading the first selection, Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly, and I'm not disappointed. It's a simple yet moving story about first love, tragedy, prejudice, violence against young Black men and much more. Like everything I've read by Woodson, I would say that it's an important read for anyone of any age, but especially for white people who, like Woodson says in the book, forget that they're white--which is all of us.
I've already reserved the companion book to this modern day telling of Romeo and Juliet at the library and think I'll be reading much more of Woodson's work this year. Honestly I think it would do the world some good if we all just read books by authors of color for a few years. Not to dog many of my favorite writers that are white, but we could really use these perspectives, often and deeply, especially in these times when it feels like we all just need to wake up.
This book club is fantastic so far (what a cool present, right?), and I can't wait to see what's next. What are you reading in 2019?