I have been putting together a list of books that I want to read as an adult that would be fun and not overly dramatic or too academic. I just want to read something that is straight up interesting for me and will allow me to take my mind off of other things going on in life.
I have been jealous of the other riders on my bus and train every morning as we go to work because the seem to be having the best time just reading their way to nice thick books. So, for the past week or so I have been gathering the names of good books and series I should try.
Here’s what I have so far:
- Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
- Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Zora Neale Hurston: A Life In Letters edited by Karla Kaplan
- Deep Down in the Jungle: Black American Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia by Roger D. Abrahams
- Appropriating Blackness by E. Patrick Johnson
- Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
As I read back through this list, it is not giving light or comforting or fun. So, y’alls homework is to bring me some titles that I would like to read that invoke one of those three feelings in you.
Excited to hear from you.