5 Books by Black Authors I Want to Read

I am the worst blogger ever! I completely forgot that I had to write this. Let’s do a summary of my excuses: finals, cleaning, and I completely forgot. Also, why didn’t I write this before? The idea came out too late.

Black history month. Is it bad I never know when it is? I guess we don’t celebrate it in Puerto Rico which sucks because all of us have African blood. But I’ve never heard of it until this year and via Twitter. I decided I should celebrate black authors on their month. I don’t want to read these books because it’s black history month I want to read them because I’ve heard of them and I was interested. We should always support black writers. ALL. YEAR. So, let’s go on with the list.

 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  1. 15796700I’ve been wanting to read this book since I read We should all be feminist. Well, even though that book isn’t a novel—I think it’s a transcript of a speech she gave—I fell in love with the way she thinks and her story. After hearing about this book, I searched it up on Goodreads and at that moment, I decided I needed it in my life.

Here’s the synopsis:

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

 

Don’t you dare tell me that this doesn’t sound good? I am trying to not buy any more books, but if I do I think this should be one of them.

 

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One thing I love about Black History Month is the fact that books with topics related to racism and the African-American experience get some time in the spotlight. Sadly, this usually last a month, but with time we’ll see change. So, this book I saw it on my twitter feed exactly because of it. As soon as I read the synopsis I was like YES, PLEASE, but I had said I wasn’t going to buy more books because I was on a budget. BUT Amazon Kindle came through and I got it for $1.99

I’m not sure if this is just a BHM deal or if they plan to keep it this way, but if I was you I would go and get it now. I can’t wait to read it. For what I have heard if you loved or liked The Hate U Give you will love this book.

Here’s the synopsis:

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Can we talk about the cover for a second?

  1. Our Lady of the Night by Mayra Santos Febres6567677

This book is one I wanted to read since Mayra explained to us what it was about. If you read my first ever book haul —link here— then you know Mayra is my creative writing professor and basically, she is queen and I want to read all her books. When was explaining historical fiction using this book as a reference I was sold. I really want to read all her books not just to support her, she’s a well-known author, but because one thing is having her edit and give opinions on your writing, but another is to see it in action. If she’s as good as they say she is I will love this book. I wanted to read it in Spanish, it’s original language, but they didn’t have a kindle version, so I went for the translation.

Here’s the synopsis:

Born into poverty and then abandoned by her mother, Isabel “La Negra” Luberza blossoms into a supremely sensual young woman. Obsessed with attaining aristocratic status—armed with incredible physical presence, indomitable ambition, and keen intelligence—she meets Fernando Fornarís, the man who will forever change her life. With a parcel of land given to her by her rich, white married lover, Isabel transforms herself into a hard-edged and merciless businesswoman—abandoning her own newborn son to become Puerto Rico’s most feared and respected madam, a collector of society’s secrets, a queen of the notorious brothel that emerges as the island’s true political and economic heart.

 

4.  Krik? Krak! By Edwidge Danticat19056038.jpg

Edwidge Danticat… I discovered her in my favorite summer class ever. It was called The Caribbean Experience in Literature and me loved it. I remember reading a story, or maybe two, by her and wanting to read more. So, I told myself I was going to search her up and I did, but completely forgot her name until 2 weeks ago when my translation professor, who specializes in Creole and Haiti in general, mentioned her and I was like YES, HER!! So, I finally looked up her books and discovered this one which I think is the one where the story came out. I am not sure. I don’t really remember much of the story, except loving it. Either way, I want to start reading her books, so why not start with a collection of stories? Since there’s not really a synopsis other than saying she’s an amazing author, this a collection of 9 stories and that in Haiti when someone is telling a story they say “Krik?” and the listener answers “Krak!” well I am not posting one.

And for the last one…

  1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson30037870.jpg

Another one I found out about it, thanks to BHM and I am so glad because like most books on this list when I found out about what it was about I was sold. Another book that was $1.99 and that I needed to get. I hadn’t heard of this book before which is a surprise since it has a good rating on Goodreads. BOOKS ALWAYS HAVE TERRIBLE RATINGS ON GOODREADS!! I’ll be posting more on that topic soon. Anyway, sadly like many other books BMH had to come around for me to find out they exist. This is sad people! Why is it that black authors don’t get the recognition they deserve? It is sad! Well, I’ll let you read the synopsis so you can understand why I really need to read this book.

Here’s the synopsis:

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

 

AND because it is not a Wilmarie’s list without a bonus I had to add.

 

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton23197837.jpg

I heard about this book from a friend. I fell in love with the cover (yes, I am that type of person) then I read the synopsis, and I was like YES YES YES! So, it’s on my never-ending TBR. Sadly, I haven’t gotten it yet, but one day it will be mine.

Here’s the synopsis:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite-the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.
But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie-that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

So, those are all the books I’m adding to this list. There are more books I wanted to add, but I didn’t want this post to be any longer. Thanks for reading all the way to the end. So, tell me which of these books are you interested in reading or have on your TBR?

PS after reading posting this I realized the amount of “so,” “anyway,” and “sadly.” Please ignore 98% of them.

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