“I don’t like to read. It’s boring.” Ughh..Everytime I hear someone say this I cringe! And I hear it a lot from my students, friends, colleagues, parents..well from people in general. It sucks that some people have never read a good book.
Reading a good book is one of my favorite past times. Before or after I get into my reality shows and TV dramas like Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, Housewives, Law and Order SVU, and Orange is the New Black, just to name a few, I make sure I pick up a novel. To me there’s nothing like getting into a new book with new characters, settings, perspectives, language, lessons to be learned, etc. It’s especially rewarding when you have a stressful life or lifestyle. Or when you just want to get outside of yourself. It takes you to a different place, as different person.
Below is a list of recommendations for the books that I have read and absolutely loved. You are welcome to email me @ MsNyqueBrown@gmail.com after you have read any of the books and we can discuss them.
An American Marriage
“Is it love, or is it convenience?”
This book was chosen by Oprah’s book club, and you know once you see that seal of approval, it’s always a go-to read. And I’m so glad I found this book because I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one day. This book shows the relationship over time of a young black couple (Celestial and Roy) from Atlanta during the post-integration generation. They’re a middle-class couple, on their way to the up and up, both having college degrees, and beginning to live their best lives, but those plans are squandered when Roy is accused of rape, by an older white woman. Celestial knows he didn’t commit the crime, and vows to stick by him. But life gets in the way of commitments sometimes. Especially when her career begins to skyrocket her art into major publications. Over time her needs change, and she has to decide between her prison life with Roy, and a new exciting life with a man she knows as much as she knows herself.
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Interview with NY Times Best Selling Author Omar Tyree discussing his new e-series, The American Disease
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I like this new e-series. I think the characters are very relatable, and the story line will keep you guessing, and thinking about what will happen next. It’s one of those stories that features a different characters’ perspective, which can be confusing if you are not paying attention to key details. I also like it because it is a short read, and because it is an e-series, it keeps you hungry for the next installment, since, unlike a book, you can’t devour it one sitting. I suggest you go head and buy it. Let me know what you think of the story.
On the rare occasion when someone does ask me about a good book the first one I recommend is Ruby by Cynthia Bond. This is her debut novel that actually took her ten whole years to complete! The finish project turned out to be a 900 page book, so it’s split into three parts. I’m still waiting for the release date of the next one! (I wish she would hurry up!) Anyways, Ruby and Ephram are the two main characters of this coming of age love story that is set roughly from the 1920’s-1970’s. Ephram is presented to us readers as a controlled young man whose favorite pastime is to attend church and follow the orders and rules of his older sister Celia. Ruby is introduced to us as an arcane young woman who has had a rough life, to say the least. She has been mentally and physically abused, raped, kidnapped, abandoned, sold and even possessed with the souls of dead infants in her womb. I know. It sounds crazy, right? Well trust me, it all comes together into an original, organic love story that is truly unforgettable. The most compelling aspect of this book to me is the poetic language that is used. The way that she pulls words together in her descriptions will definitely leave an impression on you.
Side note: This novel deals with deep issues like racial hate crimes, rape, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, kidnapping, molestation, and murder. With that being said, it is for a mature audience.
In Praise of Black Women Volume 1: Ancient African Queens By Simone Schwartz-Bart and Andre Schwartz-Bart
Photo Cred: Google Images
Photo Cred: Google Images
Have you ever heard of Black Eve? How about mitochondria DNA? You ready to learn something? Well you should pick up the non-fiction book “In Praise of Black Women”. It is an eye opening, and insightful look into the history of Black Women, and mankind in general. There was so much information in the first volume that I’m still not finished with it yet. Caution: Be prepared to read with a pen and notebook like you’re studying for an exam. Besides the fact that I learned so much from reading this book, the mere pictures, and drawings are enough to make you want to pick it up. There are three more volumes and I can’t wait to get my hands on the others. Since in America we will never hear this information thru the media, or learn it in school, it is important to read up on our own. Let me know if you read it, we can discuss some topics!
In the future I will use a lot of information from this book under the tab WHAT AMERICA NEVER TOLD US, so make sure to check their for more information to learn more.
If you’re looking for a series of romance novels, you should pick up one of Francis Ray’s creations. She has written 43 novels during her career; so I think she knows what she’s doing right? Right. These novels aren’t super lengthy but their always interesting. And the characters that she describes..Ughh I love them. Brandon is my favorite Grayson character. Her story telling is smooth and vivid. The descriptions of the characters will have you looking at all the love interests in your life with a different eye. I am not positive if they make men like her characters but it definitely keeps the hope alive. This particular series is set in New Mexico. But with 43 novels she has about six other series set in other cities. It will be hard to put one of her books down once you start. Tell me which ones are your favorites once you get to reading! My absolute favorite one is “You And No Other”.
Let me start off by saying I have been reading her series since I was in high school, which was about six years ago. Her characters are always doing something unexpected to the point where I have to put the book down out of frustration. I have always admired the way Clark could maintain a series over so many years. Each book is just as good, or better than the last. The Thug series is the epitome of urban literature. The stories that she tells are set in the hood, but branch off in many different directions, and settings. The ups and downs of relationships along with the sex described makes you want to follow along with each and every character. This series follows four couples throughout their relationships; Angel and Kaylin, Kyra and Marvin, Tasha and Trae, Jaz and Faheem. The stories are filled with fights, shot outs, murders, dirty police officers, white collar crimes, drugs, friendships, love, marriage, infidelity, and much more. If you are having a boring period of life these books will definitely bring some action to it. I am still waiting for the next book to be unleashed. Come on Wahida!
Midnight & The Sequel: Midnight and the Meaning of Love by Sister Souljah
If you have read “The Coldest Winter Ever”, than you were introduced to the character Midnight. Uhh. I love him! Anyway, the first book introduces a six teen year old teen from the Sudan that is living in Brooklyn trying to deal with the drastic changes of cultures. He begins working in a fish market which is how he meets a Japanese girl named Akemi. Despite the language barrier, along with racial and cultural differences, the pair manage to fall in love. The obstacles that Midnight had to overcome, in the sequel, to have the love of his life were very honorable, and downright insane. It kinda reminds me of the movie Taken. He had to go through- well let me stop. I don’t want to give the book away. In these books you will travel from Africa, to Japan, to Korea, back to Brooklyn. The books may become slow in certain sections, but overall they are both good reads.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Did you ever see that movie called The Other Boleyn Sister? With Kirsten Dunst and that actress that played in Black Swan? Well either way, if you like historical fiction you should check this book out. The story is set in England, beginning in the spring of 1521. The two sisters are Mary and Anne. Mary is the younger sister, who is 15 years old when her family separates her from her husband in order to be King Henry’s mistress. Two babies later, her family assigns her older sister Anne to be the King’s mistress, and dismisses Mary from her position. This story ultimately outlines the corruption of the courts and government, the power relationship between women and men, and what sacrifices someone will make to pick love over all. I loved reading this book. It’s long, but it never leaves you bored.