If we could, we would spend the majority of our time here on earth skimming through our favorite bookshops and running through libraries. But even if we could, there sadly wouldn’t be enough time to read every book in existence—that’s why we rely on recommendations from friends, family, and our favorite authors. Every week, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite reads because literature is, well, lit.
Back in December I made, quite possibly, the only resolution I actually followed through with. There were no unrealistic promises of going to the gym regularly, eating out less, or waking up earlier involved. This vow was a little different, and much more achievable: to only read books written by authors of color.
Now, this isn’t to say I’ve never picked up a book penned by someone non-white before—quite the contrary. I’m a regular reader of Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston (because mama ain’t raise no fool), but for the past nine months, I made it my mission to seek out, check out, and consume literature from the new voices—the ones helping to change the writing space of today.
So far in my 268-day and counting journey, I’ve inhaled books by men like Ta-Nehisi Coates and the late Paul Kalanithi (both of which I highly recommend), but it’s the ladies of the industry that deserve a special shout-out. They are putting the experiences of women of color into eloquent, sometimes wrenching, but always-poignant words. White, brown, black, or yellow, you’re bound to see parts of yourself reflected in these women and their work.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
If you’re looking for a poem to help you get through that recent breakup, understand the fuccbois in your life, or provide a little self-esteem boost, Rupi Kaur’s got you covered. Kaur’s Milk and Honey touches on loss, redemption, and love with simple, honest prose. It’s more than deserving of a place on your nightstand.