Last month, I got a book I’d been wanting for a while. I haven’t started it yet, but I do plan to read it before the year is up. I couldn’t help myself this month so I ended up getting two instead of just one book for February. In my defense, one of the books is a signed copy and I met the author in person so…
My Picks for February:
Becoming Black by FreeQuency
Goodreads Synopsis: Becoming//Black is a collection of work that follows the author’s exploration of ‘Blackness’/ identifying as Black after emigrating from Kenya, a Black African nation, to her diasporic home in the United States where Blackness is a distinguishing feature. The collection features well known poems from FreeQuency exploring the topic of Blackness as well as more intimate never before heard work that uses a more personal lens to explore Black identity. This is a collection about becoming…this is a collection about Blackness.
As I mentioned in my Let’s Catch Up, I got to meet FreeQuency! FreeQuency is one of my all-time favorite poets and an all around inspiration to me. I was so happy to have the chance to not only meet them, but also get a signed copy of Becoming Black. Spring Break is next week, so you can best believe this will be one of my reads for the break.
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
Goodreads Synopsis: “For Every One” is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.
A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.
Can you believe I haven’t owned a book by Jason Reynolds until now? Yes, with all my love for him I still had yet to buy one of his books. I usually just get them from the library but when I saw For Everyone at my local bookstore, I realized it was time to put my favorite author on the shelf.
Those were my picks for the month. I hope y’all had a good black history month and please remember to support black authors!