Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo was a joy to read and one of my absolute favorites this year. This is a book I read right after finishing Communion: The Female Search For Love by bell hooks. Communion is a nonfiction book focusing on women, love, and patriarchy; it’s profound. Reading Communion before reading Girl,…Read More
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Yinka, where is your huzband: So, what’s wrong with being single?
As soon as I saw this book’s beautiful cover and read the blurb, I knew I wanted to read Yinka, where is your huzband by Lizzie Damiola Blackburn. Luckily, I had won the book in an Instagram giveaway at the beginning of the year. So, I finally started it last month, and while it took a…Read More
Kindred is genius, have you read it?
As humans, I think we are fixated on our realities. It is so easy for me to constantly focus on life’s difficulties, ruminating on how things could be better. But, until I encounter another individual, who openly shares their situation, I realize it could be far worse. Not to say my problems are not significant,…Read More
Is your first impression of a book cover always correct?
Recently, I read Monster in the Middle by Tiphanie Yanique for book club. The novel centers on Fly, a Black-American man, and Stella, a Caribbean woman, who meet in New York City in the present time. It spans several decades, and its characters travel across the continental United States, to the Virgin Islands, and Ghana.…Read More
Prejudices: Can I Convince You That Twyla is Black?
*Spoiler Alert* As I stare out the window on this bleak, snowy morning, I contemplate Toni Morrison’s book, Recitatif, and my prejudices. As humans, we like to think we are perfect and have no bias, but we do! What are yours? Recitatif, the only short story by Morrison, was written in 1980 and was first published…Read More
How Would You Describe Friendship?
At the beginning of the year, the book Wahala by Nikki May was all over Instagram. Everything intrigued me – the beautiful book cover, the premise about female friendships, Nigerian culture/food, and even a character with my namesake, what?! Sign me up! The novel centers around three British-Nigerian best friends (Boo, Ronke, Simi) living in…Read More
Black in America
If someone stopped me on the street and asked me to use a few words to express what it means to be a Black woman in the United States, I would say pure exhaustion, frustration, and rare moments of exhilaration. Why these particular terms? Because no matter how astute, accomplished, attentive or agreeable you are,…Read More
A MUST READ, SO I THOUGHT?
The premise of the novel Open Water sounds like a must-read. A beautiful love story with a male protagonist? Yes, yes! Set in the United Kingdom and written by a black male? Hmm, intriguing. Even the book cover is enticing, so how can I pass on this book? Read below to find out! The novel…Read More
What’s your favorite book this year?
My favorite book is What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam Chancy! Let me ask you, what do you know about Haiti? Do you know about the association of the Louisiana Purchase and Haiti? Do you know that it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere? Do you know about an estimated 250,000 to 300,000…Read More
SONG OF SOLOMON
Even though I love Toni Morrison for her brilliance, poetic lines, and spectacular word choices – I was not fond of Song of Solomon.In this novel, Morrison fleshes out black men while focusing on self-image and self-discovery. Although I was not keen on this book and would not recommend it, chapter 6 left me in…Read More