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10 Books for the September 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge

The #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt for September 2020 Is…

It’s easy to get distracted by the hot new thing in publishing. I’m getting two books in the physical mail (barring effects from the systematic destruction of the post office). However, it’s good every once in a while to stop looking ahead. This month, the #WotNReadingChallenge aims to look back. September’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is to read “a classic novel”. No two people have a common canon, so there may be a book or two here that you haven’t read. 

Ten Classic Novels for Your September 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This book tells two intertwining stories. One shows how Okonkwo falls from grace in his world. The other shows that world destroyed by the coming of European missionaries.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

September 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeFonny and Tish are planning to get married. However, when Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned, their love must endure through separation. Made into a beautiful movie a couple years ago.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

September 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeWhile a tyrant rules America, which is falling apart, hyperempathetic Lauren must make her own way in the world after losing her family. This book has been recently cited as eerily prophetic.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

All for one and one for all! There’s probably been enough about this in the general pop culture atmosphere that you get the point. Although this book is a healthy 600+ pages, the conspiracies and swashbuckling make them go fast.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

In this coming of age story, a young Black man comes to realize the various stratae of American society. The setting ended up satirizing 1950s America, which was a lot more racist than some period pieces make it seem.

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

September 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeAfter most people have abandoned Toronto, only the poor remain. Ti-Jeanne, a young single mother, must struggle to survive in this harsh environment, even with the help of her grandmother. However, there is certain family history that she does not know.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Sethe physically escaped slavery a long time ago. However, she is still debilitatingly haunted by its horrors. She’s even literally haunted by her dead daughter’s ghost. One day, a young woman calling herself Beloved shows up at Sethe’s house. Beloved’s influence forces Sethe to face her past.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

This book is a kid’s classic. Nine-year-old Cassie and her family live in Mississippi during the Great Depression. As Cassie grows, she learns that her community and her world are biased against her. However, there is still strength to be found in one’s family.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

September 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeWhen Celie is married as a young girl, she is forcibly separated from her sister Nettie. Celie writes letters about her life to her sister. This novel contains depictions of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Native Son by Richard Wright

Bigger Thomas lives in abject, systemic, poverty. He and his family struggle to survive. Bigger doesn’t always make the best choices, but Wright never sells out his protagonist.

What classic novel are you going to read? What forlorn classic would you recommend? 

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