After starting the Sistah Girls Book Club, I realized I lowkey became the black girl you could ask for a book recommendation. While I don’t have a problem with people asking me, (I actually enjoy it), I noticed that Sistah Girls are at very different levels when it comes to reading.
Some Sistah Girls want genre specific recommendations while other Sistah Girls just want to jump back into reading. Because of this, every month (I think) I’m going to share with you books that I’m currently reading and books that are being held hostage on my TBR list.
The list won’t be long but it will hopefully give you some variety when trying to find your next read.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
I’m not sure what took me so long to dive into Morgan Parker’s poetry but I’m glad I finally found my way to her. I remember seeing the cover and title of this poetry book and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Everything about Parker’s poetry is raw and timely, her poems are contemporary and they draw from a common space that I can connect to.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
I have been on a James Baldwin binge since the beginning of the year and I’m enjoying every ounce of his work. I read Baldwin in college and connected to his words and his anger because I was angry at the same things he was.
Now, many years later I’m screaming, and again, I’m drawn to Baldwin’s words.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I’m not sure when I made the transition to reading YA books but it’s been a great transition so far. The premise of this book drew me in, Long Way Down takes place in the time span of one minute on a trip down an elevator.
The story is written in verse and it follows a young black boy (Will) who is seeking revenge after his brother, Shawn, was found shot dead. Not a word is wasted. I’ll leave it at that.
Now my TBR (to be read list) is ridiculously long, it’s so long I’m not sure why I’m still purchasing books (don’t judge me). But since it is long, I’m going to share a few books that are still in TBR jail trying to get their pardons.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
I want to know if the book counts as being on a TBR list if the book is being held hostage by the library? Everyone and their mama has been telling me that I NEED to read this memoir immediately. I love coming of age stories, I love memoirs and I really like Trevor Noah.
I’m on the waitlist for the book at my local library. According to their parole officers I have about three more weeks.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
“Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable…”
In an updated version to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Zoboi not only made the characters BLACK, but she also set the entire novel in BROOKLYN. I’m so here for this. Young Adult novels for a long time did not pique my interest but lately, I’ve been diving headfirst into them.
That’s all I have for this month if you do read a book I mentioned please let me know on social media @thesistahgirlnextdoor on IG and @shareewrites on Twitter. (follow the hashtag #ReeReads & #sistahgirlsbookclub)
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