It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.
This month has been Black History Month – a time to celebrate and honour the legacy of Black people and their communities across North America. There are so many wonderful authors and books about black people- I have only read a few. So many more I’d love to read.
Here are 5 books I read and enjoyed by Black authors or about black people.:
Becoming by Michelle Obama. I finally read this memoir this month and was so glad I did. What an amazing woman.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. An exceptional YA book, that highlights stark issues effecting so many.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. What a fascinating fantasy, the first in a series I aim to finish reading.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. This is a searing memoir by an exceptional woman.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This NF was riveting – a look at what happened to this poor woman and how she influenced science every after.
I have some new books on my list !
Glad to hear that. So many good books – I always pick up recommendations when I visit others’ blogs.
Fantastic books, I did love Becoming and watched her on Netflix as well. The fantasy series sounds good and I wouldn’t mind reading something by Maya Angelou.
Thanks Kathryn. I don’t know why it took me so long to read Becoming but so glad I did. I’ve read a few of Angelou’s works – most have been short, powerful reads.
I loved Becoming! She is such an intelligent, compassionate person. And the love of her husband and children is touching to see in this cynical society. I have heard about Caged Bird Sings for years and years, but was afraid it would be too sad for me. I’ve actually heard of all your selections. Jason Reynolds is a rising star in fiction too.
Thanks Mia. Both were wonderful books – quite different, but both strong, exceptional women. I’ve enjoyed several of Reynolds’ books.