June is National Caribbean Heritage Month, and I am participating in the CaribAThon reading challenge which runs from June 11 through June 20. The goal of the reading challenge is to read authors or stories based from 13 countries in the Caribbean to promote the history and/or culture from these places. I will include a more detailed description of CaribAThon, my TBR and some other reflections in a dedicated blog post.
On Thursday, June 11, I started reading In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez. The story moves between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. It describes a Dominican professor in her late sixties who is about to retire from her university teaching position and is trying to decide the next steps for her future. Along the way, she learns, through old letters, the story of her mother who was a revolutionary national figure and died when the professor was only 3. I am thoroughly enjoying this story, and a bit conflicted that I chose this as the first book of CaribAThon. This book is making me want to cancel my TBR and just read everything by Julia Alvarez that I can find!
My second fiction pick for this week is Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. This is a book by a Haitian author and also set in Haiti. I previously read Everything Inside by the same author and really enjoyed it.
I completed Essentialism by Greg McKeown on Wednesday, June 10. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really encouraged me to focus on the very few, most important things in life that matter to me and put my effort and energy towards those things before adding other nonessentials. I have a very bad habit of taking on too many good things at one time, and it is so easy to burn out that way.
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