I work in a newsroom, so I see a lot of what is going on in the world but last week, well the last two weeks really have been extraordinary even by the standards of what has been a news-dense and upsetting year. On Tuesday, I set aside my planned reading for the week and aside from library books that were due back and which I couldn’t renew, have spent the rest of the week focussing on books written by black authors. I am listening and I am learning. I’m trying to work out how best to use my privilege for good, but in the mean time the best thing I can do is try to amplify and uplift black voices.
He’d Rather be Dead by George Bellairs*
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell*
On Her Own Ground by A’Leila Perry Bundles
First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn
A Fake Girlfriend for Chines New Year by Jackie Lau
Finding Langston by Lesa Kline-Ransome
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett*
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri*
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
Hello World by Hannah Fry
Still not counting, but this week all my purchases bar two have been books by BIPOC.
Bonus photo: the covers of some of the books I’ve bought, borrowed or got from NetGalley this week.
An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley.