Happy (very very belated🤦🏾♀️) Women’s History Month! I know WHM was in March, but I didn’t get around to posting this last month and I still wanted to share some book recommendations in honour of Women’s History Month. All of the books listed cover a range of genre’s and are all written by women 💪🏽👸🏽💪🏾👸🏾💪🏿👸🏿
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
‘Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?’
This is one of my favourite books of all time. I love it so much. This book literally includes everything I love; poetry, natural hair and the universe lmaoo. I really love the incorporation of the universe in this story and how it shows that everything happens for a reason and even the smallest things that seem insignificant to you can make a huge difference to the way things play out. I also love that this book features a black female protagonist. When I read this the first time (2 years ago), it was the first time I had read a book that featured a black main character and a character that I could relate to. #blackgirlmagic. I highly recommend this book if you like YA contemporary/romance.
Sidenote: this book is being made into film which is being released this year so YAY!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
‘Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.’
I recommend this book to everybody, even if it’s not something you would normally read. Do it. Read it. Loool. This book was sooo good. I went into it not knowing what to expect and I was so intrigued the whole time I was reading. Evelyn Hugo is such a complex, interesting and well developed character to read about and her life story is very extraordinary. Highly recommend. Click here to read my full review of this book.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.’
I recently read this book, after watching the Netflix movie and I really enjoyed it. It was a cute, funny and light hearted read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading YA romance and is looking for a quick read. If you do enjoy it, there’s two other books in the series, which are also quite short, that you can read as well. I think this trilogy would be great to read during the summer, as a feel-good young adult romance.
I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy
‘In short, poignant verses, Reyna Biddy’s poems explore pain, emotional reckoning, and the power of self-love.
The debut collection from 22-year-old poet Reyna Biddy, I Love My Love tells the story of Reyna’s childhood, her parents’ toxic relationship, and how, against all odds, she learned to love herself.’
Reyna Biddy is my favourite poet. I love this collection so much. It’s very honest and raw, and I related to so much of it. I highly recommend this collection and her second collection ‘A Psalm For Us’. I also suggest that you listen to her read some of these pieces on Apple Music/Spotify/Soundcloud.
Questions For Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyou
‘The artistry of QUESTIONS FOR ADA defies words, embodying the pain, the passion, and the power of love rising from the depths of our souls. Ijeoma Umebinyuo’s poetry is a flower that will blossom in the spirit of every reader as she shares her heart with raw candor. From lyrical lushness to smoky sensuality to raw truths, this tome of transforming verse is the book every woman wants to write but can’t until the broken mirrors of their lives have healed. In this gifted author’s own words—“I am too full of life to be half-loved.” A bold celebration of womanhood.’
I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. It talks about the experience of being a woman, self-love, healing, trauma, family and more. This collection is powerful and relatable, especially to the black woman, and I highly recommend.
You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
‘You Are A Badass At Making Money is the book you need if you’ve spent too much time watching money land in your bank account and then roll through your fingers. Jen Sincero went from living in a converted garage to travelling the world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out.
In this funny, fascinating and practical book she goes in-depth on how powerful our thoughts are and how our bank accounts are mirrors for our beliefs about money. You Are A Badass At Making Money combines laugh out loud comedy with life-changing concepts, all boiled down into manageable, bite-sized tips so that YOU can put them into practice and get life changing results.’
After reading ‘You Are A Badass’, I wanted to read this book. I’m currently reading it and I’m really enjoying it. I like how the tone of the book is humorous, yet the content is practical and helpful. I like how the writing style is laid back and more informal, but still effective in delivering the important message. I also love how this book is filled with positive affirmations and mantras, I found them very helpful. I highly recommend this book as well as Jen Sincero’s other books.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
‘In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.’
This book is a must read for everyone. It explores so many different topics surrounding race; the history of slavery and racism in Britain, white privilege, white-washed feminism, class and race and more. I really like the writing style of this book; it’s easy to read but still gets to point and conveys a powerful message. I feel like it’s a necessary read for everyone.
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