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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