Happy May! This month, I’m committing to reading books written only by authors of color. I’m doing this in part to boost my own reading stats, as I set a goal to read more books by authors of color this year. You can read more about my 2018 reading goals in this post and in this first quarter follow up. I’m really excited about the books I’m sharing in today’s post! Some of these have been on my shelves for some time now and I’m eager to dive in, finally.
Here are six books I’m hoping to pick up this month:
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
This YA fantasy/magical realism story is about a young girl who travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal family after her mother commits suicide. Astonishing touches on grief, culture, family history, and love. This book comes very well reviewed and I’m sure it will be quite the tearjerker!
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Here’s another YA story! Combining historical fiction and sci-fi, Ireland tells the tale of a young black woman named Jane, who was born just before zombies walked during the Civil War. Nation also comes highly rated and should be an interesting reimagining of our country’s past.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Daughter follows Julia and the impact on her family of a horrible accident that killed her older sister. This book takes place in Chicago, which is where I’m from, and tenderly looks at the cultural norms and experiences of one Mexican family, and how much courage it takes to truly be yourself.
Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
Full disclosure: I did start this book several weeks ago, but was bogged down by other books and personal events and never made any real progress. I want to get back in my habit of reading one non-fiction book per month, and I this will be an excellent choice for May. This book takes a hard look at the reproductive rights of black women in America and I know will be both shocking and informative.
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
Earlier this year I was gifted a copy of Literary Witches, which profiles women writers both famous and less so. It was through this book that I discovered Eileen Chang, who was born in 1920. Love in a Fallen City is a short story collection that focuses on love, the balance of family life, and sexuality. I enjoy reading one short story collection throughout the month, as that extra time allows me to savor each story and consider the collection as a whole.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
This well-reviewed historical fiction novel just came out yesterday! Map follows two girls living 800 years apart, each searching for home. Their journeys parallel in what I’m sure will be heart wrenching ways. This story is about family, the Syrian refugee crisis, and adventure.
That’s it for today! What books are you hoping to read in May?