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My Year in Reading: 2020 In Progress

This picture from the summer of ’19 reminds me that we will have this again…

JANUARY 2020

Parable of the Sower: Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy and John Jennings

The Book of Delights, Ross Gay (#blackboylit)

I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying: Essays, Bassey Ikpi

FEBRUARY 2020

The Yellow House, Sarah Broom

The Tradition, Jericho Brown (#blackboylit)

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Warsan Shire

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, Jaquira Diaz

Dominicana, Angie Cruz

& More Black, T’ai Freedom Ford

A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, DaMaris B. Hill

MARCH 2020

Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (#blackboylit)

How We Fight For Our Lives, Saeed Jones (#blackboylit)

Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano

Everywhere You Don’t Belong, Gabriel Bump (#blackboylit)

Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson

APRIL 2020

No One is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts (great to teach if/instead of/with The Great Gatsby #DisruptTexts)

How to Be Remy Cameron, Julian Winters #blackboylit

Bingo Love, Tee Franklin, Jenn St.-Onge, Joy San

MAY 2020

A Black Women’s History of the United States, Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Gross

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto, George M. Johnson

Some Places More Than Others, Renee Watson

allegedly, Tiffany Jackson

JUNE 2020

On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, DeRay McKesson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, Imani Perry

Every Body Looking, Candace Iloh

Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo

JULY 2020

Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up, Cristela Alonzo

Felix After After, Kacen Callender

Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline

we are never meeting in real life, Samantha Irby

Ordinary People, Diana Evans

AUGUST 2020

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert

Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory

The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta (#blackboylit)

Frankly in Love, David Yoon (#bipocboylit)

Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams

SEPTEMBER 2020

My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite

Wild Hundreds, Nate Marshall (#blackboylit)

Memorial Drive, Natasha Trethewey

NOVEMBER 2020

You Exist Too Much, Zaina Arafat


Friendly suggestion to purchase any of these from your friendly Black-owned bookstore. In Boston (and all around the US b/c they ship), that’s Frugal Bookstore.

Have you read any of these texts? What do you think? And, most importantly because my TBR list is always growing, what are YOU reading and would recommend? Leave me a comment if you’re so moved. Thanks.

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