I’ve been feeling like I wanted to talk more about what I’ve read so far in Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, most especially some of the commentary on a character’s connection – or lack thereof – to their Indigenous heritage. Being someone who is in a very similar situation, and like this character, being dismissed and ostracized for it, it hit a spot in my heart.
If you haven’t read this yet, or like me you haven’t finished it yet, don’t worry. Nothing of what I’m typing is considered a spoiler, and it takes place within the first few chapters of the novel. However, if you don’t want to be spoiled by anything in the book whatsoever, this is where you should stop reading. No hard feelings if that’s the case! I totally understand.
For anyone that does end up reading the rest of my post, thank you so much and I appreciate your support.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done any discussion posts, fun posts, or just anything not review related in a while so I’m really glad to be here writing again. I miss it! I know you probably got to see some of my creative posts for the Forest of Souls Book Tour that I hosted through Hear Our Voices and I hope you had fun seeing those. I had fun making them.
If you didn’t happen to see it on your feed, L.L. McKinney and Saraciea J. Fennell debuted and launched the absolutely amazing Juneteenth Book Fest that took place this Friday. Now, when we talk about Black excellence in the world, the Juneteenth Book Fest exuded that and so much more. I remember Saraciea’s announcement post about it and was immediately excited! I had the day off after advocating for this holiday to be observed at my work, and I knew that I wanted to spend my day seeing the celebration of Black authors and Black stories in the publishing industry through this fest. And let me tell you, IT. WAS. MAGICAL.
So I know that this is already months late, and I don’t know why I was thinking about this now, but I’ve been looking at Goodreads and I keep seeing the winners of the 2019 Goodreads Awards and I’ve just been bothered by them lately.
Well even more than I was before, if that’s even possible.
I know I’m not the only one that could see the issue with this year’s winners, and I will make a disclaimer saying that I in no way, shape, or form have any negative thoughts about the authors that won personally. I even like some of these authors and have read their books, and love their books! That’s not the issue here, so please don’t think that’s my point.