BOOK CLUB THOUGHTS: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

BOOK CLUB THOUGHTS: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Hey mersquad.

Don’t roll out the welcome wagon yet. I’m not sure if I’m actively back yet, but I did want to try my hand at blogging again, and I figured the best place to start would be after my very first book club meeting for a brand new book club. This is also another first because this is the first non-fiction book that I actually finished, since I really, really don’t read non-fiction novels.

I read Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde as part of Eleanor’s Norfolk‘s newest book club (1 of 4 new book clubs, btw!). This one was for the Queer Book Club & Discussion Group, and it was a powerhouse first book to read.

I’m writing this after I got home from the meeting. And can I just tell you:

With the number of book clubs I’ve been a part of and the number of meetings that I’ve attended, for some reason, this one just hit differently. I feel like I’m in shock actually because, while I knew that I was going to enjoy myself, I didn’t realize that I was going to enjoy myself THAT much, you know?

We brought up so many good points that honestly, I’m not remembering right now because it’s been almost a week since I had the meeting… but also because I was paying more attention to what everyone was saying and wasn’t taking as many notes like I thought I was because of it, but hey!

One of the things that I do remember writing down was how it seemed like Lorde pretty much coined the term “intersectionality” even if it was attributed to someone else. I feel like I really sped through this book unfortunately so I don’t have many annotations either, but I could totally see that!

Long story short, I just had a really great time with this first book club meeting. Things may end up shifting so that we aren’t trying to read four books in one month – four different book clubs so far – but we will see! My next book club post will be on Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown, and hopefully I can get that post out faster than this one because the next meeting will be only a few days after that one!

And for those who were interested in my book review, I left it here for you at the end!

I mean this isn’t a traditional review since how can you even critique or give critical comments (is that the same thing?) on Audre Lorde? I don’t think you can!

But I just had a lot of thoughts. Honestly, I feel like I’m still reflecting on what I listened to, and what I feel like I need to reread because I was just trying to absorb everything in time for book club and things kept hitting me left and right and I’m like… GEEZ.

Yeah, I don’t think I can really say anything else about this that would make any sort of sense, but just know that I have a lot of thoughts that I can’t seem to be able to vocalize in an intelligent fashion, so let’s just say that I would love to reread this sometime in the future and really do a better job at annotating it. It was a great first book club book for the year, and I’m curious to see how the future books go for 2022.

Especially since I don’t really read non-fiction novels, I was surprised that I was able to read this one, you know? But I figured that since this is from Audre Lorde, and that I’ve never had the pleasure of reading her work or being educated by her in the past, I thought this was a great introduction to her.

4 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB THOUGHTS: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

    1. Oh gosh you’re the absolute sweetest! I had the hardest time writing this one after being on hiatus for a while. It was great to get back into it, even if it was just one post for now.

      I’m very, very lucky that my favorite indie bookstore is hosting these book clubs! I’ll be sure to post more updates whenever we have meetings!

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