With everything going on in the world at the minute, I want to make sure that I’m including diverse and educating reads to my TBR, so this month I am dedicating my reading to hearing stories from members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as reading books written by Black authors. Hopefully the books featured here may inspire you to include them in your reading this month too!
How To Argue With A Racist – Adam Rutherford
I’ve seen a lot of people reading this on my social media, and I think it important more than ever to read books like this to challenge the way we think.
How To Argue With a Racist is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
I’ve recently found Reni Eddo-Lodge’s podcast and I’m hoping this book is just as good. She explores the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it.
It is an absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, and I cannot wait to read this.
Me & White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
One thing to come out of the George Floyd protests is the discussion around white privilege. I never really understood this concept and to be honest it was something I had never heard spoken about.
After reading a few articles on social media, I’m hoping that this book will help me recognise my privilege as a white person to play my role in combating racism.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother – Candice Braithwaite
Candice Braithwaite is someone I have followed on Instagram for some time now and I’m so excited about the release of her book all about what it is like to be a Black British mother.
I was astonished to read this article on Black women in the UK are much more likely to die from complications surrounding pregnancy and childbirth than white women. It all stems from racial prejudice and the systemic racial treatment of Black people. This book is definitely a topical must-read.
Beloved – Toni Morrison
I really should have read this last month but in the 16 books that I did read last month, this one was shamefully not one of them. I really must get round to reading this book this month as I’m told its an extremely important book to read because of the topics it discusses.
My Sister The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
This is my current read and I’m loving it so far. The chapters are really short, meaning the book is fast-paced and I’m flying through it!
Longlisted for The Booker Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019, My Sister, The Serial Killer is about family, love and doing it what it takes to save lives.
All Boys Aren’t Blue – George M. Johnson
This was recommended to me by a friend on Bookstagram and the cover is so beautiful.
Written by journalist and activist George M. Johnson, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. A memoir manifesto that needs to be heard.
Frankissstein – Jeanette Winterson
I love a play on a modern classic and this book was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize Award.
This play on Frankenstein by Mary Shelly plays upon the ideas surrounding the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire following a transgender doctor – what more could you want from a book during Pride month.
Diary of A Drag Queen – Crystal Rasmussen
This memoir has only just been released and I for one can’t wait to delve into its pages. I’ve recently followed @Camp.Dad on Instagram after I watched his TEDtalk and his posts are amazing, I would highly recommend!
This book follows Crystal’s life behind the sequins and fake eyelashes. It tells of all the outrageous, raunchy and moving events on and off stage!