This year, I’ve made a concerted effort to only read books written by non-white authors, I feel like I’ve had a book-a-lution, as this is the most I’ve read since uni by choice, annnnnd the content has ranged from kingdoms in Benin to estates in Kilburn. I’ve gone through my bookshelf and selected some of my favs, peruse through to find the perfect stocking filler!
(In no particular order)
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla
Nikesh has compiled essays written by Black and Asian people on their experiences in the UK. This is easily my favourite read of the year. It’s insightful throughout, hilarious at times and poignant at others. I am so grateful that this book was put together and I urge every single soul to read it.
Black and British by David Olusoga
Did you catch any of the BBC’s Black and British series? If not iPlayer that immediately. This book accompanies one of the programmes featured in the series, and it is phenomenal. Sometimes non-fiction can be dry and unnecessarily verbose, well, this book is certainly not that. Each chapter explores a different element in Black British history, remaining fascinating and captivating. An important book for every bookshelf.
Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
I wrote about this in a earlier post, so if you’ve still not read it, you are playing yourself!
Don’t let the cover fool you, it’s not bursting with sun and happiness, but I like it all the more for that.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I 👏🏾 loved👏🏾 this! This debut came out earlier this year, it is the perfect book to read when you need a break away from the festivities. I think I read it in one sitting, not because my life is that pathetic but because it’s excellent.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
This novel is what 2016 needed, I was literally counting down the days till it came out. As can be expected with a Zadie Smith book, the narrative is layered and complex, and the story development gradual, without being slow. It has been 4 years since Ms Smiths last novel, and boy was it worth the weight.
Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis
I was ambivalent when I heard this was written in the form of letters, as this can be difficult to pull off convincingly, HOWEVER it works perfectly. The story flows seamlessly, and the different perspectives constantly make you pause, think and reflect. This book genuinely blew me away, and I urge you all to support, buy and read.
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
This is another one I’ve blogged about, and still in my fav of favs, to save repetition on why it is great #facts, read my post on it :). I cannot wait to see what Chigozie comes up with next. Order. This. Book. Now.
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
I read this post Trump, and as with any Marlon James book , the darkness, intricate writing and bold description takes you out of your reality. Set in 18th century Jamaica it is not a book for laughs, and can get very brutal, nevertheless, it is worth every accolade.
Merry Christmas 🎉