A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies
Bored? Need to escape the everyday? Nothing helps you escape reality like a good book.
Growing up my sister and I found our love of reading through my amazing mother. We knew she picked up the latest Stephen King book when dinner moved from 6:00pm to 11:00 pm every night. When we could find her sitting at the window by the antique typewriter in the living room completely lost in another world with a distinct sparkle in her eye. she taught us that books were our friends and at some periods in your life books may be your only friends so take care of them. Being able to jump into another life with characters who’s lives stop and start at your control. Every turn of the page presents a new adventure that looks exactly how you imagine it. I’ve loved reading since I was taught very early. whenever I’m not reading school books and journal articles I’m curled up at a coffeeshop with a hazelnut blend and a new escape. Check out my current reads and take a load off, hang up your wand and escape the world around you while still getting home before dinner time.
Described as “The Great Gatsby” 90 years later with desperate black people in rural North Carolina, Stephanie Powell Watts’ novel follows a man on his journey home to find his high school sweetheart. Characters created to enter you heart and mind and never leave in this beautifully written novel about love and hard times.
Ashy Obejas’ fictional novel about never really leaving a town you love. Alexander Chee describes Obejas as “a master of the human, able to conjure her characters’ heartbeats right under your fingertips”. A story about Cuban migrants that is sure to pull on your heart strings with pictures painted so vividly it will be hard to put down.
Viewed as a mixture of The Odessy and The Old Testament Jesmyn Ward’s second novel is centered around experiences of being black in America. Wise beyond her years and a true artist with a pen this collection of essays and poems is about a relatable as the need for a porch swing and lemonade in July. Dive in. I promise you won’t regret it.
How could I possibly compile a list of Must Reads without including Terry McMillion? A story of love, female friendship and the ever relevant self-discovery she is sure to have you pushing dinner back a few hours like my mother use to. Dr. Georgia, the main character, is on a quest to rediscover her dreams and change her life. This novel is sure to keep you glued on every page.
I hope these gems fulfill whatever you may be missing and lead you into a fantasy world that surpasses even your own #BlackGirlMagic.