When We Share Bookshelves

I’m sorry if you were looking for a safe, bookish place to avoid politics, but this isn’t going to be it. It was never it. I hope you’re not coming to the same blog that’s shared the books I’ve recommended over the last few years expecting a post quietly moving on. I’m furious. I’m motivated. I’m scared.

But I can’t imagine sharing similar bookshelves and not sharing similar feelings.

If you wept for Jude in A Little Life.

If you feared for Mireille in An Untamed State.

If you were horrified by The Handmaid’s Tale.

If you read The Book of Unknown Americans.

Or NeuroTribes.

Or Golden Boy.

Or Just Mercy.

Or Citizen.

Or or or.


Taking a few days, but I’ll be back with books for the good fight.

  • Thank you for being one of the reasons that I finally read Just Mercy. It is one of the most important books I have read in my entire life. NeuroTribes is amazing too.

  • *hugs* This is so simply and beautifully stated.

  • Kailana

    This really says it all!

  • Karen

    Its going to take time for those feelings to dissipate, maybe for some they will never go away. Its hard because although the election result is in, you don’t know exactly what that means in terms of policies because the president elect simply threw out wild cards without any substance. The next six months will be illuminating – and worrying for all people in America but I have to say that over here in the UK, i’m worried too about the implications for global stability

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    I don’t have the words to respond to this well, but thank you.

  • Oh Shannon, so beautiful and eloquent.

  • *hug* love you friend

  • THIS is perfect. We share similar bookshelves and share similar feelings and I felt it with this post. I’ve been through many elections and some haven’t gone the way I was hoping but this one has really hit me hard. I hope to be back blogging again soon, sharing my love for literature, but I just don’t know. Sending you big hugs, my dear friend. xo

  • Perfect. It’s time to double down, not give up.

  • Our whole university read the Unknown Americans. I listened to it and didn’t want to because I thought it was JUST Romeo and Juliet. It was SO MUCH MORE. Also like Behold the Dreamers it ended with the American Dream for a better life not necessarily happening in America.

  • Standing with you, friend. There’s a whole country up here that (mostly) feels the same way, ready to fight for what’s right.

    Homegoing. Under the Udala Trees. Truevine. The Mothers. Darling Days. Missoula. The Boy at the Top of the Mountain. I Am Malala. So many more that I still need to read, too.

  • Like the post! I’m horrified & haven’t recovered from last Tuesday. I’m in a fighting mood — so I’m glad you won’t be moving on quietly. Neither will I .

  • Amanda

    So glad I picked the Book of Unknown Americans for my January book club! And it was pre-election even. Hugs. Big hugs.

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  • This is perfect.

  • I didn’t even see this until today so I guess you can tell how well I’m coping. Thank you for this elemental, precise recap of what so many of us are feeling.

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