I spent the weekend catching up on booktube videos I’ve wanted to watch, and one of them was the Black History Month Book tag video Adri @ Perpetual Pages did on their channel. Their video inspired me to do this tag as well!
1. What is a book everyone should be reading during Black History Month? (give one fiction and one nonfiction title)
For the fiction title, I just want to tell everyone to read Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. It’s one of my favourite books of all time, with amazing queer and trans representation. If you’re reading books by Black authors, I think it’s especially important to pay attention to intersectionality, and to read books about queer and trans Black people, for instance. On top of that, it’s important to not just be reading books about Black pain and trauma, and while this book does deal with transphobia, you also just follow Felix live his life and find happiness, which is amazing to see.
Then for a non-fiction title, I first want to say that you should be reading non-fiction books on antiracism (that are actually written by Black people!), but like I said: don’t stop at reading books about racism. Because of that, I would like to recommend All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, because it’s an amazing memoir.
2. Which Black booktuber would you recommend watching and why?
Because this tag is booktube-oriented, the question is about booktubers, so I’ll recommend a couple of my favourites, which are:
But since I’m personally most active on bookstagram, I want to recommend a couple of bookstagrammers as well:
3. What is your favorite book written by a Black author from an African country?
My favourite book written by a Black author from an African country would have to be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, who’s originally from Ghana. I just finished her second book, Transcendent Kingdom, earlier this week, and it was really good as well, but Homegoing made a huge impact on me – I read it a few years ago and it’s really stayed with me.
4. What is your favorite Black classic?
My favourite classic is actually one I had to read for a uni course and made a huge impact, which was Beloved by Toni Morrison. This was such an incredibly written and constructed book, and I think it’s a true must read when it comes to classics.
5. Which movie / book-to-movie-adaptation / documentary would you recommend watching during Black History Month?
I honestly don’t watch a lot of movies, so I don’t have very many recommendations, so I’m going to have to go with The Hate U Give, the adaptation of Angie Thomas’ amazing YA novel.
6. What’s on your TBR for Black History Month?
I already shared my TBR earlier this month – you can find it here! I’ll share my wrap-up soon, but I’ve already read most of the books on my February TBR.
7. Which new releases by Black writers are you looking forward to the most this year?
I’m going to first recommend two early 2021 releases that I’ve already read and that have been my favourite books of the year so far: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (full review), and Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. Another book I absolutely have to mention is Redemptor, the sequel to Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, which I’ve already gotten to read and which comes out in August – my full review will be up very soon! Then I read Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé earlier this month, and it’s AMAZING. I also absolutely loved Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (full review). Lastly, I want to tell everyone to preorder Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee, the trans romcom of my dreams (full review).
Then in terms of what I’m looking forward to that I haven’t read yet, these books are highest on my list of anticipated releases:
- Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
- Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
- Darling by K. Ancrum
- The Marvelous by Claire Kann
- Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
I hope this post helped you find some new reads! If you’d like to do this tag as well, consider yourself tagged.