It’s only logical to go on an read this book after Me and White Supremacy, as they are answering to each other, one about how to get rid of racism, and this one more on the history and the testimony on racism. It’s also the second book on #BlackLivesMatter that we shared in my fitness book club.
Is it fair to say that this issue is quite current? My fitness book club had this book on their list since before the CrossFit scandal, so it’s fair to see that they were ahead of the curve on this one, and I’m proud to be part of the team.
Still, is being proud of what they did enough? What should I do more to tackle white supremacy?
For this week’s book club, I was supposed to read Normal People, which is supposed to be an acclaimed book. Frankly, I couldn’t read it. The style is horrendous and unreadable (and I managed to read the Hunger Games books which were ranked at the lowest in my opinion). A few reasons are the fact that it’s a first person-present tense book, which I always fail to dive in. By definition, these books don’t allow me to immerse myself in their environment. Then the other reason is that when the book start, in the first few pages, you don’t get any information, any goal to go on reading.
So instead, I turned myself to an older book I read when I came in the UK (I think), Beat the Reaper.
During the coronavirus confinement, I found myself reading less, at least at the beginning. The main reason was that I used to read 1 hour during my commute, but this commute didn’t exist anymore! But to save me, I had my newly created CrossFit book club. We share book ideas, and each week read one book or some science articles. This book was one of them.
It has been a long time since my last blog entry, and confinement didn’t help. But let’s try to use this time to read more, and what more to the point than a book on the NHS, the UK National Health Service in these times where it’s pushed to the limit?