The last few days and weeks have been a whirlwind for me mentally and emotionally. I am so thankful for all the conversations I continue to be part of on Instagram and all the articles and resources I found online. However, sometimes I have to unplug and get away from the noise and I happily do so with a good book on hand.
I read up on white privilege especially and will share as soon as I have a few books under my belt and a more extensive list to offer. Today I want to focus on black female writers and a few gems of books I came across lately:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
A story told between two half-sisters and their paths within colonialism and slavery in Ghana and America over 250 years. Effia and Esi are the epitome of strength and make Homegoing an interesting read that teaches me so much. I am only one third in but can’t wait to continue.
Such a fun age by Kiley Reid
A modern day tale of white blogger Alix and her black babysitter Emira and an incident that changes their lives forever. If you’re looking for a read that takes on white privilege bluntly and introduces characters that sound familiar from your very own life, this is it.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
If you love romance novels but are sick of reading about the same kind of quirky heroine over and over again, this will be right up your alley. Alexa and Drew meet while trapped in an elevator and agree to be each other’s wedding dates. If you want a good laugh, charming banter and hot sex scenes with a strong, curvy, black woman on the forefront, look no further.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This bestseller told from the perspective of a 16-year-old black girl in current America is powerful and heartbreaking at the same time, but such an important read. It was recently filmed starring Amandla Stenberg. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I can’t believe it took me so long to pick up the book.
“What a time to be alone is a book by a recovering hypocrite. It’s here to remind you that no matter where you find yourself in life, you will ALWAYS have to face your truth. All of it. You’re not alone, you’re not crazy. Your feelings are valid and it’s time to make piece with them… all of them,” as the introduction reads and I couldn’t agree more. Buy it, read it, over and over again!