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Debut Novels by Black Writers


Brown Girl Reading

The Supreme’s at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

Ghana Must Go
My video review

My Blog post

My Video Review

Ruby Live Chat with Dominique and Danielle

Long Division

Saint Monkey

SteveReadsBooks Review

Virgin Soul

Forty Acres

Review with Dwayne Alexander Smith

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

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  1. You need a 'shut up and take my money' button in your down bar! I've heard you talk about a couple of these before, thank goodness for online requesting & books 🙂 enjoying all the new to me authors.

  2. I don't keep a tbr on goodreads as I get stressed seeing the ever growing numbers when I log in, but I do keep a notebook and have added a few to the list. Really interested to hear your thoughts on 'Saint Monkey', the cover is stunning 😀

  3. I am highly interested in the novel by Lola Shoneyin as well as the book 40 Acres. I own "Before you suffocate your own fool self", but I don't know if I will get to it this year 🙁  Hopefully I can read it at the beginning of this year. I am loving your February project and it is really putting the bug back in me to make videos. I have so many ideas! Thanks again for putting the spark back in me.

  4. I just had to smile when you said 40 acres, because I remembered how much you raved about it. 🙂
    So many nice books, I just bookmarked the whole video instead of writing a list!

  5. Great list. I think I have just about every book you mentioned on my TBR, but I have read Before You Suffocate Your Fool Self, which I enjoyed. You should check out Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, another really good short story collection. Like you, I've been wanting to get to Virgin Soul and Saint Monkey sooner rather than later. Happy #ReadSoulLit Month!

  6. So many good recs! The Supreme's At Earl All-You-Can-Eat sounds lovely! Also, those covers are so gorgeous!

  7. Have you read We Need New Names? I don't remember if I've seen you talking about it, but it's also a good debut novel. I was thinking for a long time about picking up Ghana Must Go but I think I've seen somebody, I don't know if it wasn't you;-) giving it a mixed review and I guess I gave the idea up. Great video Didi, I love it.

  8. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives sounds so good, I love the premise. I paused and read the back of the book and it sounds so mysterious. Might have to check that one out!

  9. Do you recall what many of the downgrade reviews found that they didn't like about Tribe?  Just curious because I wonder if it's because of how fragmented it may feel to others.  I know for me I went into it enthusiastic about each of Hattie's children's stories.

  10. Thanks for this Didi – I've added a few to my ever growing tbr – and some I was delighted to discover are at my local library. And others were added to my wishlist. I'm enjoying #readsoulit – only a few days in and my tbr and wishlist have grown quite a bit!

  11. I read Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. Forty Acres is on my high priority list. It sounds so different. Great list all around

  12. I have Long Division on my list of books I want to get to this month. Super excited to give it a try. Also I've had Forty Acres on my radar since seeing your review. Super intrigued by that one

  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, as I'm a short story lover it's been on my radar since it was published and I plan to get to it soon. This is a great list and most of these have definitely piqued my interest.

  14. SisStar you as well as others have created a new map to wondrous writers through example. Loving forward… hold vibrations high focusing conversations around what we are reading and not that of others.  Remember, we must tell our own stories, supporting and celebrating our own heritage.  Besides, everybody is not welcome at the kitchen table.  Peace. #ReadSoulLit!

  15. Excellent video! I've definitely got some new books to check out. I read Ghana Must Go (side note: that UK cover is gorrrrrgeous) last year. It started rather slow for me and I wasn't loving it, but I'm glad I stuck with it because I did end up liking it overall. Basically I agree with everything you said about that one and I would read another book by Taiye Selasi. Also, you've given me a suggestion for my BHM video. I'm definitely going to look up The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives because that fits in nicely with my theme!

  16. I loved The Supreme's at Earl's All You Can Eat…Edward Kelsey Moore is such a nice author! I got to hear him speak, and he also talked about being a professional cellist. I can't wait for his next work, but haven't heard anything about what/when that might be. I thought the Twelve Tribes of Hattie was okay, but I spent so long being mad at the mom that it was hard for me to get past that! I need to start showing the spines and back as well as the front of a book. Just realized that! All great recommends:-)

  17. I love your expression in some parts, trying not to say too much about the plot but maybe smiling a bit while you're talking about the books – makes me want to pick those ones up even more! Definitely want to pick up Danielle Evans, hearing you talk about hers – I love short stories anyway, but those sound interesting. 

  18. Not sure how I missed this the first time around but this was great! Some of these sounded right up my alley. Adding them to my to read list right now. 🙂

  19. My book club read The Twelve strikes of Hattie and I missed it so still need to read the book. The consensus was that the book was just "okay" but. I agree with you and am going to give it a try. On another subject, Oprah just chose Ruby for her book club pick so that is going to bring many, many more readers to that author. It will be interesting to see what the mass public think of it.

  20. You def need to finish Long Division, i'm curious to see what you have to say about it, I enjoyed it!

  21. Thank you, thank you for the great reviews. I am acquiring books for when I retire, from all walks of life and authors. I am definitely getting the short stories, Before you Suffocate…. and the Forty Acres. Plus, I subscribed to your channel.

  22. Thank you for supporting Black literature. Be sure to connect with Therone Shellman Media. The latest title is One Good Man, a title with a very timely and important message. In fact all of Therone Shellman  titles hold important messages.

  23. If I send you an autograph copy of my first
    novel, Saving Miss Caroline, would you review it for me? The sentiment would
    greatly be appreciated.

  24. I really enjoyed your review. I never knew that all those black books were out. I would really love if you were a guest on my podcast. It's a show that is dedicated to authors of color and we discuss different aspects of black writers and the traditional publishing industry.

  25. I just subscribed to your channel. I love the titles of your videos and am looking forward to diving into watching your thoughts.

  26. try the no 1 ladies detective agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith. he has a great woman's voice for that time of history. Just check it out.

  27. New to the channel. it's so hard to find a good youtube channel reviewing books written by POCs by a WOC. Beautiful job! You'll have to dedicate an episode to the casseette tapes on the back wall, so very intrigued.

  28. I am a reader of contemporary fiction or genre fiction. I was wondering if you have any book by black authors who write contemporary romances or RomComs.

  29. thanks so much for this. always looking for some goods books. have you read 36 candles. that is good.

  30. Brown Girl Reading! What types of books do you review? I have a book to be released later this month and I would love for you to review it if it is a genre that you like to read.

  31. Found a sleeper on Amazon, if youve got a Kindle download 'Zenia For The Cruelty of Men" I have no idea who author is but best $3 purchase Ive spent this year. Very graphic urban/crime short story, worth the read!

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