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What I Read in 2019

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It’s the end of the year this time to text talk on the books that I have read in the previous 12 months.
I did mostly fiction reading this year. Most of that science-fiction, although I did try to seek out Afrocentric writers and/or subjects revolving around Afro-futurism.
I didn’t do as much nonfiction reading as I should have. Maybe the new year will allow that to take place. I’ve got nonfiction books sitting on the desk, titles that I’ve checked out of the library numerous times, but for some reason, I have yet to dive into them.
The subject matter has primarily been slavery in the Americas. This is a common theme in much of the books I have been reading, whether fiction or nonfiction.
As of last night, I started reading a Kenyan author by the name of Mukoma wa Ngugi. Before that, I was reading some medieval fiction by non-black writers.
I was able to read the Binti series by author, Nnedi Okorafor, as well as other Afro-centric authors.
For some titles, I will include a link in the book description of what it entails or a brief review.

  1. Detroit 67 (unfinished)
  2. Medical Apartheid (audiobook, still listening)
  3. Revolutionary Suicide
  4. Sing Unburied Sing
  5. Half-Blood blues
  6. A Slave No More
  7. Midnight and the meaning of love
  8. Midnight: A gangster story
  9. The Walking Quran (unread)
  10. The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah
  11. A Deeper Love inside – Sister Souljah
  12. Animal 4.5
  13. Captain Save a Hoe
  14. Hood Rat
  15. Animal
  16. Animal: Revelations
  17. Friday Black
  18. Black Lotus
  19. The Good Son
  20. Hoodlum
  21. Gangsta
  22. Still Hood
  23. A Moment of Silence
  24. Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (started, unfinished)
  25. The Girl Who Smiled Beads (unfinished)
  26. She’s Gone
  27. A Few Red Drops (Audio Book)
  28. Prince of Thorns
  29. The Darkness that Comes Before
  30. The Judging Eye
  31. Fuse
  32. The White luck Warrior
  33. The Great Ordeal
  34. Impryium
  35. Raw (unfinished)
  36. The age of Surveillance Capitalism
  37. A dead jinn in Cairo
  38. The haunting of Tram CAr 015
  39. Unashamed
  40. The Record `keeper
  41. A Brief history of Sevenkillings
  42. Black leopard, Red Wolf
  43. The Lesson
  44. The Half Has Never Been Told
  45. The King’s Bastard
  46. The Usurper
  47. The Uncrowned king
  48. American Spy (audiobook – still listening)
  49. The Thousandfold Thought – R. Scott Bakker
  50. Sun RA and the Birth of Afro-Futurism (Unfinished)
  51. Jimi Hendrix – Starting at Zero (unfinished)
  52. James Baldwin – A biography – David Leeming
  53. Children of Blood and Bone _ Toni Adeyemi
  54. Beasts of the Night – Tochi Onyebuchi
  55. Crown of Thunder – “”
  56. Writing my Wrongs – Shaka Senghor (2018 or 2019?)
  57. The Life of Peter Tosh
  58. Pure – Julianna Baggott
  59. Engraved on the Eye – Saladin Ahmed
  60. Washington Black – Esa Edugyan
  61. Home Going – Yaz Gyasi
  62. The Wheel of Time 1-14 – Robert Jordan

It seems like about 75 books in total, with a few of them, perhaps ten titles or so that were not actually read just started and put down for some reason or the other.
A Few of them I had read previously, such as Binti and I did not realize it. Until I had gotten about halfway or more through the book. “A History of Seven killings” is one such title as well as the ‘Hoodrat” series of books by the author Ka’an.

The most moving and inspiring book that I read in 2019 was, without a doubt, the Midnight series by Sister Souljah.
It is not a new series, and I am not sure how I missed the books when they first came out. Perhaps I wasn’t really ready for them at the time they first appeared on the market/
I felt a deep connection to the main character, even though his history and social experience were vastly different from mine.
Truth be told, one of the female characters in the books made me desire a woman just like her, bold, beautiful, bilingual, and heroic, profoundly spiritual and intelligent. It was a fierce book series, one that was difficult to put down and one that took me through a series of deep emotions.

I did a lot to me and for me. As a result, a desire to visit Japan was instilled in me. It also inspired a desire in me to meet the author, sit down with her and her family to pick her brain on some of the things she wrote, etc.

It is a book that young people should definitely read. Of course, not just young people since I am not so young myself anymore, but I wonder if I read this in my earlier developmental years what sort of an impact it would have had on me. It certainly had a profound effect on me now, at this juncture in my life.

Looking back at 2019, it seems I read a substantial amount of books written by black women. I am grateful for this as insight into the Black Woman’s perspective is sorely lacking in the literature, let alone the World at large.

One particular stand out is NK Jemisin. Her books are tremendous. The worlds that she creates are absolutely phenomenal and will suck you in deep, especially her book The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Damn.
I need to reread it just to see if it was her or my mind running wild.

In fact, looking back, it may be that the balance of female writers versus male writers weighed more in favor of female writers last year, and that’s a good thing, right?

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