Nonfiction Books on Race and
Fiction by Black Authors I Have on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
This post is supposed to be the books we added to our TBR and don’t remember why, but there are a few reasons I’m shifting to this topic today instead. I recently culled my TBR and moved things around a lot so there aren’t really any books on there I didn’t intentionally put on. So, instead I’ll talk about ten books I intentionally put on my TBR about race relations and how to be an antiracist/better ally, as well as some fiction books by Black authors on my TBR (either recently added or already on there). The past couple of weeks have been unlike any other (hell, the past few months have to, for different reasons). I’m so inspired by people out there protesting! I have a anxiety about large crowds (I barely even like concerts) so I haven’t gone myself, but I’ve donated as much as I can each day and signed more petitions than I can count. It’s important to recognize that Black Lives Matter. I also usually don’t link books because I’m incredibly lazy, but am linking to Goodreads today so you can learn more!
Nonfiction Books on Race
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander | I actually borrowed this book from a friend years ago and he hasn’t asked for it back yet 😉 He told me I would really appreciate it and highly recommended it, but it’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge | I started this one last week but I’m making slow progress, as all of my reading has been virtually nonexistent these days 🙁
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi | I’ve been learning lately online how there’s a big difference between not being a racist and being an antiracist, where you actively fight against racism instead of just passively saying it or supporting Black people.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo | I’d really prefer to read books by Black authors during this time but this one has been recommended a lot. I suppose the title and topic make sense from DiAngelo’s perspective and discussing why white people are so angry and fearful about this stuff.
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad | I’m intrigued by this one and the corresponding workbook! It involves really examining yourself and reflecting on history to make changes.
Fiction by Black Authors
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert | I was really excited for this one upon release and the companion/sequel sounds awesome too! My romance reading has basically just been review copies in 2020 so I hope that changes soon.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa | I love the cover for this one! I also love enemies-to-lovers romances, plus it’s centered around wedding planning! I wasn’t able to enjoy books like this for a bit but lately they’re definitely more on my radar 🙂
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson | I love the concept for this one – a man tries to keep his adoptive mother’s knitting store open in Harlem and asks his childhood friend to help him get going.
Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher | Office romance!! YES. It also sounds like it’s kind of reminiscent of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days so I’m really curious to see how it all pans out.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Lean Johnson | This one actually just came out last week and I’m ashamed I didn’t have it on my TBR sooner. The MC decides to go for Prom Queen in order to win money when her scholarship falls through. AND it’s a small-town F/F romance!