I am a reader. I enjoy reading African American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, financial and spiritual books. I can have 25 books checked out at any given time from the library. Of course, it doesn’t help that I work in a library. I am surround by books. I love reading biographies. Learning about people trials and triumphs in life. I read books written for children and teens especially if it is well written. I don’t discriminate. A good book is a story written so well that it captures my attention within the first three chapters. A great book will capture my attention within the first chapter.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cuts, Author: Derrick Barnes- Being a single mom of two brown boys this book is a short, relateable and quick read. The illustration captures the day in a black barbershop from a barber’s perspective. The various types of customers who frequently visit barbershops include women. The specialized cuts from fads, to short cuts, to taper and waves. The book epitomizes African Americans as royalty. Crown is written in free verse with a lot of swag. It is a fresh book. The barber expertise is being able to take a child from feeling ordinary to extraordinary by providing a fresh haircut.
The Hate U Give, Author: Angie Thomas- The Hate U Give is a great read for teenagers/young adults/adults. Starr is the main character in the book. Starr lives in a low income neighborhood or housing project. She attend a predominately white prep school far from the daily challenges of living in a impoverished neighborhood. Starr witness’ her childhood unarmed friend, Khalil, get killed by a police officer. Starr is left to defend the reputation of her childhood friend, challenge the system that states shoot first, ask questions later. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, the book explores systematic racism, code switching and white privilege. The Hate U Give is a riveting book. In the midst of adversity, Starr finds her voice & strength to be resilient in speaking the truth.
“It would be so easy to quit if it was just about me, Khalil, that night, and that cop. It’s about way more than that though. It’s about Seven. Sekani. Kenya. DeVante.
It’s also about Oscar.
It’s even about this little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first – Emmett.
The messed-up part ? There are so many more.
Yet I think it’ll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.”
Own the Moment-Carl Lentz- In need of a daily dose of inspiration? Pick up this book. The chapters are short. You can skip around in the book and still learn a lesson from the author. I feel that this book was written for people that are easily distracted or have little to no time to read. Pastor Carl Lentz is the pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City. I was not familiar with him nor his ministry prior to finding this book. Carl weaves his life experiences in with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He explains the importance of living & seizing the moment, finding gold in everyday people, taking less time to judge people but really get to know them and the importance of understanding our identity in Christ. We are not to be persuaded or to conform to what people think about us. Lentz’s stories are at times funny, thought provoking, and will encourage us all to exam ourselves.
What are you reading?