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Ever since I was a kid I have loved to read. Reading has always been something I love to do to get away and enjoy some alone time, but as I got older I became too busy to read for my own personal enjoyment. One of my New Year’s resolutions of 2017 is to read more (at least two books a month) and I think others should include it as one of theirs too. I decided to come up with a list of books that I plan to read or have already read and recommend. The best thing about this list is that each book is written by a person of color, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zora Neale Hurston, and Issa Rae.

I am excited to read (or reread) because they are such interesting books with main characters of color. The first book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; as you can tell by looking at the sidebar, I am currently reading this book and I love it so far. It’s funny but also clever, relatable and heartfelt at times. This is the first time I have read something by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m excited to read more of her novels. I can’t wait to dive more into this novel. I love that it’s set in Nigeria and that it switches point of views between the two main characters, Ifemelu and Obinze.

Second is Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison, I haven’t read this book yet but I’m super excited to do so. In the African-American Literature class I took last spring, we were assigned to read excerpts from his novel Invisible Man (another book that I can’t wait to read in its entirety) and I loved it. Juneteenth tells the story of two lives that were separated by race but brought together by religion.

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Iris was the associate editor at Her Campus. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in communications and gender studies, but was born and raised in France with an English mother. She enjoys country music, the color pink and pretending she has her life together. Iris was the style editor and LGBTQ+ editor for HC as an undergrad, and has interned for Cosmopolitan.com and goop. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @irisgoldsztajn, or check out her writing portfolio here.