Six Degrees of Separation: From Normal People to Ordinary People – a celebration of BAME female authors #BlackLivesMatter

It’s the first Saturday of the month, so time once again for a Six Degrees post – hooray! Find out more about this meme over at host Kate’s blog.

This month we are starting with Sally Rooney’s Normal People.  I have not read this book, but was glued to the TV series.

So what is normal?  For my first link, I have chosen Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.  I really enjoyed reading this powerful book and learned so much from it too.  This particular quote really struck home:

“The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.”

I can’t imagine what it must be like just to bowl along being one’s normal self, only to find out that there is a whole different ‘you’ when you travel to a another community. As a white person, I am grateful to be able to read and learn about experiences such as these which, with my white privilege, I will never suffer myself. Continue reading

Reading Jamaica Inn for Daphne du Maurier Reading Week

Once again this year, Ali is hosting her Daphne du Maurier Reading Week – a fabulous opportunity for DDM fans to re-read beloved favourites, and for DDM newbies like me, to discover more of her writing.

My first DDM novel was Rebecca, which was my choice for last year’s reading week and I absolutely loved it. This year I picked Jamaica Inn. Continue reading