For some of us with the hustle and bustle of “adulting” reading is not an option. Yes, we’ve placed reading a book or two on our list for our New Year’s resolution, but six months into the new year, you’ve yet to read one. Well, let’s help you with at least one. Please peruse our suggested list of Summer Reads.
Chocolate Solstice – A novel by LAS
I loved this book so much. It was funny, sad and tugs at your heart at the same time. It is exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat at times. I couldn’t put it down. You will fall in love with the main characters Daniel and Asha. – Julie Thaxton
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“Tayari Jones’s wise and compassionate new novel, An American Marriage…is a clear vision of the quiet devastation of a family. It is beautifully written, with many allusions to black music and culture- including the everyday poetry of the African-American community that begs to be heard.” The New York Times Book Review
Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray
“Envy captures the drama of the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills while also bringing this well-developed work of urban fiction to a satisfyingly redemptive conclusion.”- Booklist.
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
“Stuffed with invention…Thompson-Spires proves herself a trenchant humorist with an eye for social nuance.” – Publishers Weekly
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
“Short enough to be read in a single sitting, this book is one of those gorgeous, much too fleeting things…Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston’s success in bringing it to light is a marvel.” -NPR
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
“L. Penelope’s page-turning apocalyptic epic Song of Blood & Stone does what fantasy does best: provide epic plots, epic world-building a, d epic myth. A rewarding carefully crafted read.” – The Root on Song of Blood & Stone
Lagos Noir by Chris Abani
“This volume is a must, as it introduces new writers of considerable talent and new works by writers you may have read and enjoyed previously…If you just like good stories about ordinary people with an extraordinary twist, this collection should not be missed.” – New York Journal of Books
How To Love A Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once: some cultivated, some simple, some wickedly funny, some deeply melancholic. All of them shine.’ – Zadie Smith
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
“This is the first book I have read by this author and I am rather shocked that I have never read her work before. It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and I ticked every single box on my list of things I need for a good book to be a great read. – Ashrae
Black Klansman – Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
“Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.” – Amazon
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