I’m here today to share some recent book purchases I’ve made.
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to share some of the books by Black authors I’ve acquired lately. I also want to highlight a couple other books on the topics of anti-racism and police brutality, as it’s important that we’re all aware of what’s happening (speaking in particular about the U.S. because that’s where I live) and that we work to educate ourselves on how to change things.
Side note: I don’t typically buy e-books because I prefer physical ones and I’m slightly paranoid about digital content (I’ll save that rant for another time), but there have been a lot of free books and deeply discounted books available recently and I wanted to take advantage of that!
The Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps and A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson – I don’t even really know what these two are about, except that they’re fantasy and I believe Sorcerer has gay MCs. But after reading The Devil in America (for free on Tor.com) I immediately loved Wilson’s style and wanted to find out if he’d published anything else.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – A friend of mine was reading this recently and is now on to the sequel. It’s YA so I’d been hesitant to pick it up, despite my interest in the plot. Having someone I know, and who doesn’t always love YA, enjoy it sold me on it.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown – this one was recommended by a friend on Instagram and she mentioned wanting to re-read it, so that’s a good recommendation as far as I’m concerned.
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson – A freebie on offer from the publisher, Dottir Press, recently. It’s a kid’s book, but I think adults will find it incredibly useful too. Even as someone without children, I learned from this book and I think it’s a great one to have in homes and classrooms! (I’ll be doing a review along with some other Dottir Press books in the near future.)
The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett by Brontez Purnell – I also downloaded this for free from the Dottir website because I was interested in the artwork, and will be reviewing it in the future.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – I’m thinking I’m not the only one picking up a copy of this book now, and I’m doing so in order to continue educating myself on how to be a better ally.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – this was my June Book of the Month pick and the only physical copy on this list. I’m a fan of historical fiction and it’s a genre I have dipped into in a while.
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Maya Schenwar – this was offered free by Haymarket Books and given the amount of policy brutality occurring at protests across the country (and regularly outside of protests), definitely a book I want to read.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham – this is the third of the four books I downloaded for free from Dottir. It’s another great primer for young readers (and their parents/teachers/caregivers) on racism and how to speak up, even though it might feel more comfortable to stay silent.
If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you think! I’m always up for more recommendations as well!