A trip to Barnes and Noble almost always results in the purchase of a few books – even though I’m in the middle of reading one and I know I have quite a few at home I haven’t read yet. While there I bought a few books that were on my list and even added a few that I saw that peaked my interest.
The books I added to my list:
Sunbelt Blues: Failure of American Housing by Andrew Ross
Tainted Tap: Flint’s Journey from Crisis to Recovery by Katrinell Davis
My previous post was about the past and this one is about the future! I have quite a few goals for this year that revolve around my blog. I mentioned in my post New Year, New Blog that one of my main goals was to post content more frequently. A few more of my goals include having 100 followers and creating an Instagram account. A personal goal of mine that goes hand-in-hand with my blog is to read more. My goal is to read at least 10 books this year whether they are fiction, nonfiction, or another genre that catches my attention. Although my favorite genre is nonfiction, I’m always willing to read different genres that are recommended to me (except for science fiction – I could never get into those books).
Here are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to reading.
I’m taking us back to 2021 for this one! Keep reading to see a brief summary about the books that were my favorite and why.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
In his book, Desmond uses rigorous sociological research and ethnography to show the brutal truth of poverty in America. It is written so well and does a fantastic job of capturing the individual experiences of tenets and landlords while at the same time showing how their experiences and decisions are intertwined. The stories are so unbelievable that they almost read like fiction. Fortunately I live worlds away from what was described in these pages so the truth of it, the unforgiving honesty in the facts, was equal parts shocking and depressing.
Before I jump into a discussion about my favorite books, I wanted to share my favorite genres of books so you can get an idea about what I’ll be posting. When I was younger, I loved fiction books. I couldn’t get enough of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Twilight Saga series (I think I even had a “Team Edward” shirt), the Clique series, and the Hunger Games series. All of these books and more that I read when I was younger still take up an entire bookshelf in my house.
A few years ago, my genre preference shifted to nonfiction. I remember getting a book recommendation from a friend in college and I absolutely loved it (the book was Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink). My genre preference got more specific after I finished it – I began to look for books to read that were similar to this topic and writing style. Fink is a journalist, and her book was a great example of investigative journalism. I can’t exactly remember what led me to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, but once I started reading it I knew I needed to find similar books. I posted a photo of it on Instagram and that’s when Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was recommended to me. Other books similar to these that I love include What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, The Other Side of the River, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America. I’m currently reading Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty. To me, all of these have the same style of writing as Fink’s and they cover actual events that have happened or are still happening. I’ve grown to be obsessed with these types of books.
Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking about the direction I want my blog to head. I knew I wanted to narrow it down to a specific topic, I just didn’t know what. One thing I did know was the topic had to be something I was passionate about, otherwise I wouldn’t be motivated to think of content.
Reading and writing have always been my two biggest passions for as long as I can remember. Journals I had to write in elementary school were always filled with long, detailed commentary of the book we were reading or what I did over the weekend, reading time was something I always looked forward to, I didn’t dread essays or small papers in middle or high school, and I took creative writing classes in both high school and college. My goal in life has always been to make a career out of writing.
The biggest goal for my blog is to create content more often, whether it’s an infographic, a long or short post, a photo of any recent book purchases with a short description, or tips for starting a research paper or writing a work email.
I know a blog about reading and writing isn’t for everyone, but I hope those who aren’t huge fans of reading or writing (or both) find value in some of my posts. Some things I plan on writing about include: