The following is a list of books that I’ve recently read and books that I hope to read and or reference for research purposes in the future.
What I’ve Read Recently:
1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A great story that tells the story of colonization from the perspective of Okonkwo, a man from a village in what we now call Nigeria. It is great to have a story about colonization told from the perspective of a Black person.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Officially, one of my favorite stories. It takes place in the English countryside in the 19th century. It is a love story, a tragic love story where class, ethnicity and gender all intermingle.
3. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
The true story of Solomon Northup, with the movie receiving an academy award for best picture, I don’t feel like I need to say much about the story. However, there are subtle differences between the book and the movie. Edwin Epps is actually worse in the book than in the movie.
4. Wonder by R. J Palacio
A very moving story about a young boy who has a facial disability and his coming of age in a real school for the first time. There are ups and downs and challenges and the story is told from multiple perspectives. It is truly moving. It’s a classic bildungsroman.
5. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A classic masterpiece, great story. It takes place in the 1600s in Puritan Boston. There is a great twist in the story.
6. Cane River by Lalita Tademy
This is a great book about a mixed-race African-American family growing up on Cane River in the 19th century. It is the true story of Lalita Tademy’s family and it is a page-turner. It is really well-written and I honestly
7. Black Boy by Richard Wright
A classic story, a true story about Richard Wright coming of age in Mississippi and then migrating to Chicago. Another bildungsroman.
What I Am Currently Reading…
Far From Home Naima B Robert – It is a story about the war in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and the secret that bonds two young women, one white, one black together. It is really good so far…I’ll have to let you know how it turns out and do a more detailed review later.
Autobiography of Malcolm X- True story of Malcolm X’s life.
What I Plan To Read…
1. The Bible
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. Jazz by Toni Morrison
4. Pudd n’ Head Wilson
5. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
6. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
7. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
8. From the Mississippi Delta by Endesha Ida Mae Holland
9. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Christian Books I Will Read/Reference:
1. The Bible
2. Be Restored : God’s Power for African-American Women
3. Your Inner Eve: Discovering God’s Woman Within by Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
4. Women, Food and God
1. Black Knights: The Story of Tuskegee Airmen
2. Online narratives/ journals from antebellum era in the west