Ayiti – Roxane Gay

Title:  Ayiti || Author: Roxane Gay || Audiobook Narrator:  Roxane Gay || Genre:  Short Stories, Fiction, Productivity || Publisher: Grove Press || Year of publication: 2018 || No. of pages: 120 || Available at Amazon.com, Bookdepository and Bol.com


My parents were born in Haiti, the first free black nation in the world. It is an island of contradictions.

…And quite frankly so is Roxane Gay’s debut short story collection. Ayiti is a unique blend of fiction, non fiction and poetry all interwoven to represent the Haitian diaspora experience.

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WEEKEND READS (WK 8 – 2019)

This past week I gave my body the rest it deserved in order to kick flu but!! Turns out this was the smartest decision I ever made, cause my weekend starts out with me feeling on top of the world. 😏… Usually it’s the other way around.

To celebrate my new found wealth, I decided to do something bold and adventurous. After a week of recuperation this means … that my next read is definitely going to be an epic rollercoaster ride and anything else that allows me to hang around the house wearing fancy pajamas.☺️

So without further ado, here are the books that I have picked up and hope to finish by the end of February (of course I know that this will not be the case, but a girl can dream, can she?)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James

Tracker is a hunter, known throughout the thirteen kingdoms as one who has a nose – and he always works alone. But he breaks his own rule when, hired to find a lost child, he finds himself part of a group of hunters all searching for the same boy. Each of these companions is stranger and more dangerous than the last, from a giant to a witch to a shape-shifting Leopard, and each has secrets of their own. As the mismatched gang follow the boy’s scent from perfumed citadels to infested rivers to the enchanted darklands and beyond, set upon at every turn by creatures intent on destroying them, Tracker starts to wonder: who really is this mysterious boy? Why do so many people want to stop him being found? And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying? (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

Although fantasy is definitely my jam, I usually start trilogies when all the books in a series are published and the rates on Goodreads indicate that every installment will be worth my while. Of course if you are going to make an exception to this rule…the Dark Star trilogy is it…because

1. African Game of Thrones

2.Micheal B. Jordan already purchased the movie rights.

I probably will not finish this one before the end of this month…because at 620 pages the book is a chunker and although very engaging, not a particularly easy read.

Homegoing – Yaa Gyashi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

This book has unjustifiably been collecting dust for 2 years now. So enough is enough. There will be no better time to pick this one up than Black History month.

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing – curated by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This expansive collection seeks to shed light on that injustice, putting some of America’s most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance. Organized into three sections—the Peril, the Power, and the Pleasure—and featuring a vast array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. (synopsis courtesy of Amazon )

What better subject to dive into than the history of African American literacy (which does not differ much from Surinamese history) and find out how the journey of the ones that came before us attributed to me, a person of color, being allowed to do something as ’trivial’ as writing a blog post and reading books. The plan is to read this essay by essay in order to properly digest all there is to digest. Since there are 25 essays, this book will probably not be finished by the end of this month either.

Since one of my bookish goals for 2019 is to write a review on virtually every book I finish…you will probably be able to read my thoughts on these gems pretty soon.

But enough about me, what is on your TBR this weekend?

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS – P. DJÈLÍ CLARK

Title: The Black God’s Drums || Author: P. Djèlí Clark || Audiobook Narrator: Channie Waites|| Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Novella, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Alternate History || Publisher: Tor.com|| Year of publication: 2018 || No. of pages: 110|| Available at Amazon.com , Bookdepository and Bol.com


In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air—by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls “The Black God’s Drums.” But Creeper also has a secret: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations… Continue reading “THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS – P. DJÈLÍ CLARK”

WELL – READ BLACK GIRL – GLORY EDIM

Title: Well-Read Black Girl || Curated by: Glory Edim || Audiobook Narrator: Glory Edim || Genre: Non Fiction, Essays, Feminism, African American, Short Stories|| Publisher: Ballantine Books|| Year of publication: 2018 || No. of pages: 272|| Available at Amazon.com, Bookdepository and Bol.com


In this inspiring essay collection, twenty-one black women who hold diverse backgrounds and experiences share intimate memories around discovering literary reflections of themselves. This collection is curated by the founder of the popular (online) bookclub Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim.

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KINDRED – OCTAVIA BUTLER

Title: Kindred || Author: Octavia Butler || Audiobook Narrator: Kim Staunton || Genre:  Science Fiction, Afrofuturism, Fantasy, Historical fiction || Publisher: Beacon Press || Year of publication: 1979 || No. of pages: 287 || Available at Amazon.com, Bookdepository and Bol.com


Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time and during numerous such time-defying episodes, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. But each time she travels to the antebellum South the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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