Summer 2017 black book reading list

It feels like I’ve discovered a million wonderful books this summer. I want to read them all. Simultaenously. I want to download them directly into my brain a la Neo in the Matrix. While I work out how to do that, go ahead and take a gander at the list.

On my eReader

Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson
When Mary Addison was 9 she was locked up for killing a baby. Now she’s 15, pregnant and at risk of losing custody of her unborn child. Desperate, she makes a shocking confession. She did not kill the baby all those years ago. Which leaves a simple question. Who did?

American Street – Ibi Zoboi
Fabiola Toussaint’s dream has come true. She has left Haiti for the US. But when her mother is detained at US Immigration, she is left to acclimatize to the grittiness of Detroit, her loud American cousins and a new school all on her own.

The Nearness of You – Sareeta Domingo
Marcy is attracted to her best friend’s boyfriend. She’s got it under control, though. Mostly. But when her best friend leaves town for a few weeks leaving her boyfriend in their shared apartment, right and wrong suddenly become very abstract concepts.

 

On my bedside table

The Fifth Season – N. K. Jemisin
The planet is one large continent called the Stillness. An ironic name because the Stillness is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis and devastating storms. The novel centres around three females who all possess the gift of orogeny, that feared and hated ability to manipulate the earth. Their actions ripple through the Stillness and the consequences threaten the future of humanity.

 

The books on hold at the library

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
Natasha is Jamaican and about to be deported. Daniel is Korean and falling short of his parents’ expectations. Their stars converge on a busy New York street and everything changes.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Starr’s life straddles two worlds: her poor neighbourhood and her affluent prep school. Navigating the waters between the two becomes even more complicated when her unarmed best friend is shot by the police and Starr is transformed into a civil rights activist.

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Dimple has survived graduation. Now she’s dying for her web developer course to start so she can escape her family’s nagging about marriage. Rishi is a hopeless romantic who’s also signed up for the course. His parents have told him that his future wife will be there and he’s determined to woo her down the aisle. Opposites are about to meet. They’ll either attract or explode like a nail bomb.

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
A collection of twelve stories that leap from realist narratives such as family betrayal and call centre drama, to myths with feuding gods and on to magical realism where bodies defy gravity and fall from the sky.

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