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I LOVED to read when I was younger. There was nothing better than laying in my bed and entering a new world through a good book. As I grow older, I will make reading a priority in replacement for excess screen time. With that being said I compiled a list of books that have been recommended to me by strangers, loved ones, and friends that I would like to read this year. Here are a few: 


  1. “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander – I have read excerpts here and there in my past classes but I would love to read the entire book and expand my knowledge from what I already know.  

  2. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown -This is a book I currently just bought on Amazon (like a couple of days ago) for a class book review assignment. This is a book I will keep even after reading it and I am glad I get to complete an assignment on this book. I have heard many great reviews.  

  3. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho -This is another book that was on the same recommendation list as I’m Still Here. I have watched one video on Youtube of his series and would love to read this book and see the various topics he chooses and the conversations that follow.  

  4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara -A heavy one I have heard. I will try to read it this summer rather than the fall or winter. I am using these next two months to prepare for the tears…  

  5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens -I just acquired this book, it’s actually a funny story of how I got it but I will save that for another day. After reading We Were Liars, this was a book that came up in a similar book lineup. I loved We Were Liars!  

  6. ‘Such a Fun Age’ Kiley Reid – This book, like Untamed, maybe because of the artistic covers, has been floating around social media and I would love to support not only Black-owned businesses but Black authors and their art. 

Joy is a senior at Clark University majoring in Management on a data analytics and marketing track with a minor in Community Youth and Education Studies. She loves going on road trips and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys trying various cultural cuisines (Indian food is her favorite **Chicken saag with a side of naan please**) and has an obsession with going to Morocco.
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