Recent Reads #19: #BlackLivesMatter

Last year I read Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge and it had a huge impact on me. And in the last couple of months, I have been making an effort to educate myself more as well as supporting more Black authors. So today I wanted to share what I have been reading from the non-fiction genre as well as some romance recommendations. 
Recent Reads #19: #BlackLivesMatter
The first two books are both non-fiction from black authors that I highly recommend. Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch is one of the few books I have found on racism and identity in the UK. I learnt so much from this book and a few things did go over my head but once I have educated myself further I am going to do a reread of this one. Brit(ish) is Afua's personal experience and shares their journey while also adding in facts and statistics. 

The second book that I read was So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This book is extremely education but written in a way that is easy to understand and digest. This book covers micro-aggressions, police brutality, intersectionality, Black Lives Matter, the school to prison pipeline and so much more. Ijeoma also includes personal experiences in almost all of the chapters and I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are wanting to read some books on racism and learn how you can be an ally, I would definitely start with this one. 

Now let's talk romance! I have to start with Alexa Martin because I am absolutely obsessed with her and her books. Her first three books, Intercepted, Fumbled and Blitzed are all NFL sports romances and I gave them all five stars. Blitzed is my favourite and I love the reality TV aspect that is included in them. I cannot wait for Snapped to be released in October. 

Talia Hibbert is a new to me author that I have fallen in love with. Her writing style is nothing short of magical and she writes incredible rom-coms. Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown are both two of my favourite reads of the year. I think I preferred Dani's book because Zaf is one swoony, incredible man and I liked the anxiety representation but I gave both books five stars. You can read my spoiler-free review of Take a Hint, Dani Brown here

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory was one of my favourite reads from last month, you can read my spoiler-free review here. This book was more than a romance as we got some politics included as well as some discussions on racism and race. Another romance that included discussions on race was The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (review here).

On my TBR...

I thought I would include some of the books I am wanting to read in the next couple of months too and I will post about them on socials once I have read them and have some actual thoughts. The books on my 'to be read' list are:

- We Need to Talk About Race by Ben Lindsey 
- Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri 
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
- Native by Akala 
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- White Rage by Carol Anderson

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