The Free Black Women’s Library Reading Challenge 2018

Another year of reading books written by Black women. And so far some wonderful, life-affirming books. Here are the first eight of the categories I’ve read:

A book with a name in the title: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

A romance: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

A book by Toni Morrison: A Mercy

Afro-futurist text: Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

A spiritual text: Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo williams

YA: Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Lesbian non-fiction anthology: I Am Your Sister by Audre Lorde

Contemporary womanist text (post-2000): Some of Us Did Not Die by June Jordan


I’ve finally planned out the remaining categories with the exception of urban fiction, which I think is the only prompt that I’ll skip this year.

A book published in the past year: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A book by an activist or revolutionary: If They Come in the Morning by Angela Davis

A story or poetry collection by a lesbian author: Bodies of Water by Michelle Cliff

A book by Alice Walker: Meridian

A classic: The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara

A novel centring female friendship: So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

By a Caribbean author: A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Health and healing: Sistah Vegan by A. Breeze Harper

Self-help text: This Is Woman’s Work by Dominique Christina

A banned book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Set in your hometown: Never Far From Nowhere by Andrea Levy

Vintage womanist text (pre-2000): Black Macho and the Myth of the Super Woman by Michele Wallace

One word in the title: Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks

Recommended by someone you love or admire: Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby (recommended by poet nayyirah waheed)

A play: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury

An African author: The Joy of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Memoir: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

A book by Octavia Butler: Parable of the Sower

A book by Zora Neale Hurston: Of Mules and Men

Written with patois or creole language: Long Song by Andrea Levy


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