I’ll admit it. I was once a reluctant reader. In high school the only thing that I read were Cliff Notes. My love for reading was ignited while I was in college. I took courses with names like "African-American Literature" and "Women's Literature." After years of being told to read books, that all seemed to taste the same, I was suddenly introduced to books with a variety of wonderful flavors. Decades later, and I've been transformed into what can best be described as a book hoarder.
My go-to reading choices are graphic novels and teen fiction. I'm drawn to dystopian stories, horror, science fiction, and realistic but somewhat tragic stories. I can also get lost in visually amazing books. Books about art, fashion, graphic design, and interior decorating. For me, opening a good book is about collecting and savoring words, memories, stories, and images.
This book list is a companion to the Multcolib Black History Month 2021 virtual program Bring the House Down: A Black, Queer Gospel. This list was curated by Israel Fin, an MCL Black Cultural Library Advocate staff member, and event coordinator.