Summer Reading

Although it's almost August and I haven't touched a book since June...

What’s up? After much anticipation (probably mostly on my part LOL), I’m sharing my reading list with you all! Not the whole thing because I have a running list in Airtable of 124 books I want to read in the near or distant future. These are just the books I’m prioritizing. By the time you read this, I should be done with my summer camp and back in Michigan for two months where I LORD WILLING will be able to relax on my couch with some tea and read all day. Send a prayer up. I of course also have writing I need to do (essays for secured anthologies, essays I want to pitch, fiction because I’d like to be traditionally published, etc. etc.). After I collect this lil check I really just want to focus on immersing myself in worlds of my own or others creation.

That said, here’s whats on my summer but really general reading list. Since the only show I’m watching when I get home is POWER and a rewatch of Grey’s Anatomy — I should have plenty of time to dive in!

For the record, these category/genre groupings are totally of my own doing/how my brain sorts them, not necessarily what the actual genre is.


Circe by Madeline Miller

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma

Essay Collections

The Source of Self Regard by Toni Morrison (I’ve started this, but just haven’t finished it).

All About Love by bell hooks

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young

Characteristics of Negro Expression by Zora Neale Hurston

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Figuring by Maria Popova

At the Same Time by Susan Sontag


Friction by Jeff Rosenblaum and Jordan Berg (reading this now)

Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future - and What to do About it by Tien Tzuo and Gabe Weisert

The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue by Robbie Kellman Baxter


Traveling Heavy: A Memoir between Journeys by Ruth Behar (she’s an anthropologist so you know, goals).


Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins


From Savage to Negro by Lee D. Baker

Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans by Corey D. Fields

To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (Black Internationalism) by Keisha Blain and Tiffany Gill

Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora (Social Transformations in American Anthropology) by Chandra d. Bhimull


Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble

Afropean by Johnny Pitts

Color Me English by Caryl Phillips


Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey, Zoé Whitley. et. al

Black American Cinema by Manthia Diawara

We Flew Over the Bridge by Faith Ringgold


Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

Build Yourself A Boat by Camonghne Felix

that’s all folks!

If any of these titles interest you, I hope you’ll consider picking one up and using my link to do so!

to be continued…

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