The Free Black Women’s Library Reading Challenge: 2017 round up!

Having made my selections for this year’s Free Black Women’s Library reading challenge I realise that towards the second half of last year I had not updated with any selections or reviews for the 2017 challenge. Here they all are with a star rating!


1. A novel set in your hometown (London): Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy. Five stars.

2. A book from your childhood (substituted for a book I read with my child): Niama’s Adventures by Renina Johnson. Five stars.

3. A womanist text: Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory by Michele Wallace. Five stars.

4. A book you had to read in school (substituted for a book I wish I’d read in school): Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins. Three stars.

5. A book with one word title: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Five stars.

6. A YA novel: Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman. Five stars.

7. Poetry book: Citizen by Claudia Rankine. Five stars.

8. A romance novel: Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins. Four stars.

9. A spiritual text: Be Love by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. Four stars.

10. A play: For Colored Girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. Five stars.

11. A memoir: Assata by Assata Shakur. Five stars.

12. A novel by Octavia Butler: Kindred. Three stars.

13. A novel by Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon. Five stars.

14. A book by Alice Walker: In Search of My Mother’s Garden. Five stars.

15. A chick lit novel: I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage. Four stars.

16. An urban fiction novel: Sister Souljah reader’s companion by Sister Souljah. Three stars

17. A text written 100 years ago: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley. Four stars.

18. A book by an African author: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. Three stars.

19. A book by a Caribbean author: Pepper Seed by Malika Booker. Four stars.

20. A book released last year: Spill: Scenes of Back Feminist Fugitivity by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Four stars.

21. A book by Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God. Five stars.

22. A book with a name in the title: Zami, a new spelling of my name, an biomythology by Audre Lorde. Five stars.

23. An Afro-Futurist text: Bloodchild by Octavia Butler. Three stars.

24. A self-help book: Every Body Yoga: Let go of fear, get on the mat, love your body by Jessamyn Stanley. Four stars.

25. A recipe book: 28 Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot by Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez. Four stars.

26. A book by a lesbian or bisexual author/about lesbianism or bisexuality: Afrekete edited by L. Joyce DeLaney. Five stars.

27. A short story collection: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Two stars.


Such a rich and rewarding year of reading. All those with a four or five star rating I highly recommend!


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