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πŸ’­ β€œWho are you after you finish something this magnificent β€” in constructing it you have also journeyed through it, to …

πŸ’­ β€œWho are you after you finish something this magnificent β€” in constructing it you have also journeyed through it, to the other side. On one end there was who you were before you went underground, and on the other end a new person steps out into the light. The up-top world must be so ordinary compared to the miracle beneath, the miracle you made with your sweat and blood. The secret triumph you keep in your heart.β€πŸ’­
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πŸ“šThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead πŸ“š
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I sought a novel that would be my workout companion in audiobook format, and so good that it would push me to run more miles to hear more chapters. This was that book! These past 10 hours of listening totaling almost 2 marathons (50K – 13:42/ pace) over eight days have been a journey- literally and figuratively. This novel was an ingenious blend of historical fiction and creative liberties. It did not hold back on the trauma. The struggles and unrelenting hope of this protagonist is definitely gripping enough to keep you turning the page (or in my case, listening). The representation of injustice is prevalent with this one, and while many parts were difficult to endure, especially considering current events IRL, I feel it was all necessary to keep reading. I only caution that you have to be in a certain headspace to read period novels on slavery in the midst of violence, systemic racism, police killings of black people, and racial inequalities happening outside of the book. Perhaps it’s for this reason that this book elicited my highest rating of approval!
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πŸ’‹ xoxo, Kat
P.S. I dedicated my final 3.6K of running today to Ahmaud Arbery. ✊🏾 Thanks for checking out this post! I ❀️ #diversereads ! I ❀️ #diversespines ! I am a #readerofinstagram πŸ˜€ 😁 I am with the #bookobsessed I am down with #blacknbookish Β #ownvoicesreviews #ownvoices #booknerdigans & #badassbookbabes πŸ¦„ #bookstagram I am here for you! We definitely need more #booksofinstagram for aΒ #bookshark ofΒ #booksparks like me! Stay safe & be healthy, physically and mentally! πŸ“š Sincerely yours, #blackgirlreading πŸ™ŒπŸΎ! Happy Reading! πŸ“š

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