Slay by @BrittneyMMorris is a YA about virtual spaces and black identity and exceptionalism. It follows a teenage game developer who creates a game that can be a safe place for black gamers. Excellent conversations on safe spaces and why they’re needed. Can’t recommend it enough.
Ring Shout by @pdjeliclark– short, fast-paced historical fantasy w/ a little southern gothic thrown in. It’s an exploration of hate, how it builds, consumes, and makes blind, & its destructive power in the US, especially the South. Awesome monster fighting! Highly recommend
Parable of the Talents is a dark/hopeful/painful/victorious dystopian novel. The 2nd in Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, it follows Lauren as she fulfills her mission to introduce a faith based on truth and humanity’s future. Read it!
The New Jim Crow @thenewjimcrow – There were a lot of things I wanted to highlight and take notes on. The hypothesis on mass incarceration being the new form of racial control in the US was incredibly compelling and well laid out. Highly recommend
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by @Isabelwilkerson dives into its case that the US has a racial caste system with compelling empirical and anecdotal evidence. I audio-booked this and found it to be a good delivery for this book. Recommend.
Mr. Loverman by @BernardineEvari was a delightful first-person novel. It follows an older man as he struggles to come out late in life/his wife as she struggles under the burden of being in a loveless marriage. Both points of view illicit dislike and sympathy. I <3 the audiobook