Bookstore and Chill: Women’s History Month

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good book, an honest poem, and an inspiring quote. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve compiled a small list with some of my favorite books, poems and quotes from women. Check out my Goodreads profile for more books that I plan on reading this year!

  1. “I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.” – Gwendolyn Brooks. She clearly understands me. 
  2. Life is Funny by E.R. Frank – I read this book in high school, and it still has a special place in my heart. It tells the stories of multiple teenagers and how they navigate through life trying to overcome their individual struggles.
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing by Maya Angelou – While the majority of my peers were going crazy about the new Harry Potter series, I was reading this riveting autobiography by the late Maya Angelou. I still make an effort to read it every year.
  4. Words from a Wanderer by Alexandra Elle Smith – This is one of the most honest collection poems I’ve ever read. I was captivated by Smith ability to bare all through these short poems and letters to self.
  5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This book, from the perspective of two Nigerian characters on “being Black” in America and the UK, is quirky, informative and honest.
  6. A Jewel in His Crown by Priscilla Shirer – While overcoming a depression, this book helped me understand my worth and inherent dignity as a human bearing the image of God.
  7. “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” – Audre Lorde
  8. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – I couldn’t put this one down! This fiction novel is the story of Rachel Morse, a biracial girl, growing up with her paternal grandmother after her Dutch mother passes away. It’s a fascinating piece on colorism from the perspective of a young girl.
  9. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson – I’ve always been interested in the early years of the Great Migration – during the Harlem Renaissance – so I was excited to read this historical piece.
  10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin – This is another classic that was read in high school, but still loved nonetheless. This book may have been my first intro to feminism without me even realizing it until years later.
  11. Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums by Sonia Sanchez – Actually, anything written by Sonia Sanchez is well worth the read, but I’m a sucker for love poems.
  12. Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins – This book may possibly be the main reason why I can no longer watch movies, especially those with Black actors and actresses, strictly for entertainment purposes. I ask myself sometimes, “must everything be analyzed?!” The answer is yes. You just can’t unlearn some things. If you were happy for Denzel and Halle on their Oscar wins back in 2001, this book will surely change the way you look at the roles they portrayed, among other portrayals of Black people in the media. *grins and sips tea*
  13. I Wrote a Good Omelet by Nikki Giovanni – Actually, I love just about anything written by Nikki G. She’s been a writing inspiration for years, but this poem in particular just makes me smile. The things we feel when we’re in love are baffling, and this poem captures all of that.
  14. Passing by Nella Larsen – Larsen had a brief writing career, but this short novel on colorism is certainly worth the read.
  15. A Poem About My Rights by June Jordan – This. Poem. Is. Everything. Read it. You won’t be sorry.
  16. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Let’s just say I thought this was better than Gone Girl – for all of you Gone Girl fans. I’m not a huge suspense lover, but I could not put this one down!
  17. Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston – Fiction novels are always wonderful, much like Maya Angelou, my favorite pieces by writer’s are the ones that tell their personal stories.
  18. Boroughs Apart by Erica Buddington – I so enjoy reading new installations for novellas by Erica “Rivaflowz” Buddington. I followed this novella on her site and couldn’t wait for each part, so I was ecstatic when I discovered she was releasing a Kindle version. This is a sweet story, set in my favorite city that I still don’t live in, New York.
  19. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – We all have dreams.
  20. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks – Pure classic!
  21. “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” – Toni Morrison
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