We’re now a few days into February which means it’s about time I start doing something to celebrate Black History Month here on the blog. Every Sunday throughout February, I’ll be talking about books written by Black authors fitting a different (very broad) theme. This week’s theme is obviously adult fiction. Most of the books I’ll include in these lists will likely be on my TBR, but some may be books that I’ve read in the past.
I’m reading this right now and absolutely loving it. Although I sometimes get a little confused trying to figure out the family relationships (thank god for that family tree in the beginning)… but that’s my only complaint, haha! I absolutely love how it covers so many different time periods in just one book. If this isn’t on your TBR, you definitely need to add it!
Octavia E. Butler is probably one of the first authors who comes to mind when you think of famous Black authors, right? I surprisingly haven’t read anything by her yet, but I’m hoping to change that this month with Parable of the Sower. However, since I just recently talked about that book in my February TBR post, I decided to instead include Kindred. I think I own this book too (the fact that I’m not sure is a sign that I own too many books, haha!). This is probably her most famous work and I hear absolutely fantastic things about it. Plus it’s the first sci-fi book written by a Black woman so… I really need to read it.
If you don’t think of Octavia E. Butler when you think of famous Black authors, then you probably think of Toni Morrison. I read The Bluest Eye back when I was a senior in high school, but don’t remember much about it which is why I decided not to feature it here. Instead, I wanted to mention Beloved which is a very well-known and well-loved book and one that I definitely need to read.
I admittedly don’t know a whole lot about this book, but it’s a collection of magical realism/fantasy short stories and it sounds fantastic. Although I don’t know much about it, I do know that tons of people are absolutely in love with this book and I really want to check it out. I think my library has it so maybe I’ll grab it next time I’m taking books out.
I’ve only very recently heard about this book, but it made my list for a few reasons. One, it involves trying to teach a chimpanzee sign language and as I’m sure several of you know, I absolutely love chimpanzees (although I in no way condone keeping them as pets and generally don’t condone using them as research subjects either…). But chimpanzees aside, this sounds like a really fascinating book anyway. It talks about race (and I’m now realizing I think all of these books do) and that’s something I always love to read about and educate myself about. There’s nothing about this book that doesn’t appeal to me, honestly.