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People are always asking me for book recommendations, but unfortunately I can never think of my best ones on the spot. So, this page is a resource. It is broken down by genre, so if you don't see something that's catching your eye, keep scrolling. To read some of my full book reviews, check out my feed.
I love receiving recommendations as well, so feel free to leave some in my comments section.
~ With ♥ from Halima
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
One of my biggest problems with Western culture is that it relegates its belief systems to whatever day of the week its followers come together to worship and the rest of the time its forgotten. This is a novel that addresses that from the perspective of the forgotten, Eastern gods.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis
When I bought my home in 2006, I got caught up in the doomsday machine. This novel is solely considered fiction because it creates characters in order to describe the financial crisis which peaked in 2007. This definitely had me looking at Wall Street and shaking my head.
Usually I’m not into what would be considered science fiction, but I kept hearing so much about Octavia Butler through the years and figured I’d check her out. I’m under the assumption that this is one of her most popular novels. Amazing twist on time traveling. A black woman is living in the '70s with her white husband when some sort of portal allows her to travel through time back to slavery. Even though it’s dated now, we’re a lot closer to the '70s than we are to slavery, so it still makes you think about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.
This is a novel about a family split during slavery. What caused it, how the family coped and the impact it had on all involved – even the slave owners. For me, the end of this book made it epic in my eyes; amazing imagery.
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
The author spun a tale around the little known about women of the Bible. Narrated by Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, the reader is taken through a historical, Biblical time from the female point of view. Click here to read my full review of this novel
Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
Set in Afghanistan, this is the story of one woman who had nothing and another who had everything. But because of war, they both end up married to the same man and learned about the beauty of womanhood. Click here to read my review of this novel.
I love short stories and this is one I always recommend. It’s set in Haiti, but I don’t go into much more detail because I don’t want to give too much away. You can read my review here.
Mainly set in China although there are some stories about the Chinese experience in America, almost every one of these includes an unexpected yet moving plot twist.
Autobiographies, Bios and Other Writings
Angela Davis: An Autobiography
All I can say is, Angela Davis is brilliant. She wrote her autobiography in her 20s and her level of thinking at that time was amazing. Definitely a must read for young adults. Read more about my thoughts in my book review.
This was a truly beautiful story about Morrie, a retired professor, whose former student, Mitch Albom - the author- reconnected with him in his last days. The life lessons Morrie relayed to Albom were, in my opinion, the key to a happy life. You can read more about my thoughts on this book in my review.
I Write What I Like - Steve Biko
I enjoy any book about or by strong leaders. For those who don’t know, Steve Biko was an activist against South African apartheid. What I found most striking about his writings is that he was so intelligent and passionate - and young. In fact, his career was only public for about three years. Definitely another must read for young adults.
Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in American Classrooms – Michael Porter