Black Voices On My TBR – Part 2: Social Issues

Back at it again with part two!

This is a continuation of my Black Voices series where I talk about books on my TBR by black authors that feature black and/or other POC characters. If you haven’t checked the first part of this series, go on ahead!

Today, I’ll be talking about books that focus on social issues. I’ve only read a handful of books that touch on the topics of race, class, and culture. I felt the need to educate myself after witnessing social injustices in America. Even though I am black, I feel as though I am ignorant to the social and political injustices against my race. I grew up on a good neighborhood surrounded by people who looked like me. I’ve never had a racist encounter growing up. I never had to notice my skin color. That was until I started college and entered adulthood.

After reading books like Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed, I knew I had to step it up add more of these books to my TBR. So, below is a short list of some books I’ve found that I think will help me along the way. Fell free to comment any other books that I should add!

Dear Martin and Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Goodreads synopsis

I discovered Dear Martin around the time it was released in 2017. I was captivated by the summary. I had just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which I loved, and quickly added it to my TBR. Sadly, a lot of books get lost in my TBR. Recently, I found out the sequel, Dear Justyce, was coming out and I found myself wanting to read Dear Martin. Both books force us to realize how broken the justice system is and how it fails minorities all across America.

I like that Justyce, the protagonist from Dear Martin, will start a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to understand if his teachings hold up decades later. I love to journal my thoughts and can’t wait to see how Nic Stone will display this. The main character from Dear Justyce, Quan, is awaiting trial for a crime. Based on the summary, his story will unfold in a series of flashbacks and letters written to Justyce. Dear Justyce will be out September 29, 2020.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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Goodreads synopsis

The summary for this book is quite short. Not much is said about the plot, but enough to make me intrigued. I’m interested in the dynamic between the two main characters, white blogger Alix Chamberlain and her black babysitter Emira. From the reviews I read, I think I will be surprised at how this book progresses. I have no idea what to expect, but I’m sure I’ll like it.

One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite

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Goodreads synopsis

I was so lucky to receive an ARC from Netgalley for this book. I’ve never read anything from author/sister duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, who are fellow Haitians. One of the Good Ones has been described as The Hate U Give meets Get Out; a book and movie that I enjoyed very much. That description was all I needed to quickly hit that request button. So a huge thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley!

There’s murder, mystery, and social justice within this book. A twist in the death of a teen social activist opens up a can of worms for her family. I’m anxious to see how this all comes together. One of the Good Ones is set to release January 5, 2021.

All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds

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Goodreads synopsis

This book snuck up on me on bookstagram. It seems like a powerful book. One story. Two points of view, one black and one white. Quinn, a white student, witnesses a white officer beat his black classmate Rashad. He is unsure what to do once his school, and the nation, is divided on what happened. Words like racism, prejudice, and police brutality are thrown around and Quinn has to decide what side of history he will stand on.

This sounds like such a good read, something that NEEDS to be read in today’s climate.

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