July round up – a big reading month for me and a big learning month. I have loved every single one of these and would thoroughly recommend them all (this doesn’t happen often) – so look out for detailed reviews in the coming weeks.
There is an overarching theme in all of these books of power, privilege and class and for all bar two race is also at the forefront. This makes for informative reading and then important conversations – let me know what you think and join the conversation!
1. Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid @kileyreid – this is an incredible debut (just been nominated for the – it is about race, class and power and how these themes impact the characters’ relationships. @bloomsburypublishing
2. Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson @eji_org – an eye-opening memoir into the horrors of the American justice system. @scribepub
3. Natives – Akala @akalamusic – Akala tells his own story alongside Britain’s less than favourable history that has so greatly impacted his life growing up black and poor.
4. Wonderland – Juno Dawson @junodawson – the final book of Juno’s trilogy set in London, explores gender, privilege and mental health in another brilliant piece of YA. @quercusbooks
5. White Fragility – Robin Diangelo @robindiangelo – this is a must read for all white people as it explores our discomfort of talking about race and the defensiveness that needs dismantling in favour of constructive conversation. @penguinbooks
6. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng @pronounced_ing – a tale of power, family, perspective and race, following two families who become entwined to the point of breaking.
7. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens @authordeliaowens – see previous post – a must read!