I’ve been quiet for a couple weeks on this blog because I wasn’t sure what to say, and I didn’t feel like my voice needed to be heard over the voices of those who have been trying to speak for centuries. So I’m not going to say a lot. I don’t feel like a lot needs to be said outside the title of this post. And while I’ll never completely understand, I’ve been trying to listen and support and amplify to the best of my abilities.
So I’m going to do a short roundup of some of the best books I’ve read that have been written by black writers. And then I’m going to talk about my plans for the future of this blog and the books I intend to cover.
My Favorite Book by Black Writers
I know I still have a lot to do to continue to diversify by reading list, so this is NOT AT ALL comprehensive. But it’s a start. The links to go their Book Depository pages, because I can write reviews and recommend all day long, but if no one is buying, then we aren’t supporting black authors at all, are we? If you’re looking for reviews, all of these can be found on my Reviews page.
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The entire One Night in South Beach series by Andie J. Christopher
- Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
- The entire Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole
- Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
- The entire The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory
- The March trilogy graphic novels by John Lewis et al
- By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
- Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
- You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
- Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
There is a lot more reading to do – including finishing some of the series on that list where I have only read the first book! Which leads me to the next thing.
Where Do I Go From Here
2020 has been a trip, and I’ve been so busy I can hardly keep up with all this reading. I love it, and I’m loving my Year of Romance. *swoon* So for now, I’m going to keep my year of romance. Happy endings are necessary right now. But I understand that I need to be uncomfortable in order to change and grow. I understand that I can’t live in this bubble of romance forever.
That’s why, in 2021, I’m going to read about race. And race relations. And reconciling what I currently know with everything that I am still ignorant about. It’s going to include fiction and non-fiction. It’s going to include some books that just show black people being happy, along with books that are going to be difficult for me to read and review. Happy endings are important, but reading books that make me grow is also important.
Here are some titles I’d like to start with:
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Burning House by Anders Walker
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl
- A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
- When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
There are so many more. I want to read them all. I want to get into civil rights history, into the depths of being so uncomfortable that I’m overcome with anger, so maybe I can feel a fraction of what others have felt their entire lives. My reviews might change, because once I leave the realm of fiction, I’m not necessarily qualified to judge a book on content that I didn’t understand before I picked it up. But I’m going to be here. I’m going to be reading. And I’m not going to be silent.
Black lives more than matter.
Support black creators. Support black businesses. Support black people.
And never stop learning.