Recommendations for… Black History Month

Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. This month I’m highlighting some of my favourite books by black authors for black history month.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’ll be talking about this book a lot this in the upcoming week because Rebecca and I just buddy read it, so we have a discussion coming and my review! It was so good. I think that even though it’s a letter written to his son, it’s important for everyone to read, especially white people. I consider myself a fairly well-informed person and this book was still eye-opening. I highly recommend it!

Donald Trump is the First White President by Ta-Nehisi Coates

An opinion piece Coates wrote for the Atlantic. It’s so interesting and I really enjoy it and highly recommend reading it. It is long, so just be warned you’ll need to set aside some time for it.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read this book this past summer and I loved it. Adichie has a way with words that somehow calls you out for your shitty behaviour but doesn’t attack you. It was so well done and I really liked the anecdotes used to emphasize her points.

How to raise a feminist: a manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This was the first time I’d heard about Adichie. I love the Current and Anna Maria, and I loved this interview. She brings up such good points and I definitely recommend reading it.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve talked about this book to DEATH but it’s so good. It has a similar message to Between the World and Me, but in a more YA format. I highly recommend reading it as it deals with such an important topic in such a good way.

Those are all my recommendations! What books do you think I should read by black authors?

12 thoughts on “Recommendations for… Black History Month

  1. I have a bad habit of not paying attention to anything about the authors who write the books I read. I’ve only recently started paying attention to whether the author is male or female… and I never remember to look at race or country of origin. I need to be more aware of that.

    I do know that I read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings when I was in school. I remember it being shocking (it was more sexual than I was used to for school reading) but that’s about all I remember about it.

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      1. All I really remember about it was getting the impression that my teacher taught this book for the shock value. I doubt that was really his intention, but that’s how it felt to me at the time. I should re-read it now to get a better idea of what he was trying to get across to us.

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  2. Love love love this list!!! I’ve actually read most of the books you mentioned, but I have yet to read Coates’ piece and Adichie’s feminist manifesto.

    Can’t wait to get started on our Between the World and Me post. 😀

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  3. If you haven’t read it, I really enjoyed The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It’s not something I usually gravitate towards and it took me a little bit to get into it, but I wound up loving it.

    Dear Martin by Nic Stone is also a great, short read, especially since you’re a fan of Thug. And I’m officially obsessed with Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime and highly recommend checking it out, especially the audiobook!

    Between the World and Me is on my shelves, and I’m excited to get to it soon!

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    1. The Color Purple is on my priority TBR, I’ve heard so many good things about it! So is Dear Martin, it sounds right up my alley and I think I’ll love it.
      I love Born a Crime, I can’t believe I forgot it for this list! It’s so good.
      I hope you enjoy Between the World and Me! I really loved it.

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