5 Bubble Teas, Ibram X. Kendi, Memoir, Non-Fiction, One World, Race, Review

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Published by One World on August 13th, 2019

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Race

Pages: 305

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“The gift of seeing myself as Black instead of being colorblind is that it allows me to clearly see myself historically and politically as being antiracist, as a member of the interracial body striving to accept and equate and empower racial difference of all kinds.”


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3 Bubble Teas, Doubleday Canada, Fiction, Kevin Kwan, Retelling, Review, Romance

Advance Review: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Published by Doubleday Canada on June 30th, 2020

Genres: Fiction, Retelling, Romance

Pages: 336

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“But I see you. I see the beauty inside you, and also your sadness, your fears, your flaws. I see exactly who you are and I love you for all those things, Lucie.”


*ARC received by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

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4 Bubble Teas, Anti-Racist, Austin Channing Brown, Convergent Books, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Review

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Published by Convergent Books on May 15th, 2018

Genres: Anti-Racist Memoir, Non-Fiction

Pages: 185

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“This is partly what makes the fragility of whiteness so damn dangerous. It ignores the personhood of people of color and instead makes the feelings of whiteness the most important thing.”


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5 Bubble Teas, Doubleday Canada, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Review, Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Published by Doubleday Canada on November 15th, 2016

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction

Pages: 288

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“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”


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5 Bubble Teas, Essays, Feminism, Mikki Kendall, Race, Review, Viking

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Published by Viking on March 3rd, 2020

Genres: Essays, Feminism, Race

Pages: 288

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“An intersectional approach to feminism requires understanding that too often mainstream feminism ignores that Black women and other women of color are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine of hate.”


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3 Bubble Teas, Fantasy, Henry Holt and Co., Review, Tomi Adeyemi, Young Adult

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by Henry Holt and Co. on December 3rd, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 404

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“‘We’re the children of the gods.’ I lift my chin. ‘If someone’s running away, it’s not going to be us.'”


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Review

Black Lives Matter: What I’m Doing and What You Can Do

If you aren’t alarmed, upset, or angry by what’s going on in the world right now, you’re not paying attention.

We all need to do our part right now. Here is the website that I used to donate, to sign petitions, and to educate myself.

I didn’t plan on making a blog post about this. I haven’t posted anything on social media. To me, it felt wrong for me to post a story or a feed post with a hashtag. And if you’re feeling the same, you’re not alone. So instead of doing the work online, do the work offline! Just make sure that you’re doing something.

By no means is this list exhaustive because I still have a long way to go in terms of beginning to understand Black history and the Black experience. But here are a list of books that I found very useful in starting on that journey:

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of anti-racism books, please check out this list that was put together by Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf.

And if you aren’t in the mood for reading, here are a list of documentaries on Netflix that you can watch to educate yourself:

  • Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • When They See Us
  • 13th
  • Who Killed Malcolm X?

*Credit goes to @unity.celeste on Instagram

Take this time to amplify Black voices, educate yourself, and really think about what you can do to help.

And also pay attention to what companies and influencers are doing during this time. Are they just reposting things to look good? Are they engaging in performative allyship? We look to these people because they have a platform. They have an audience of millions and what they choose to do with that speaks volumes.

In your own life, take a look at the people you surround yourself with. What are they doing during this time? It can feel exhausting and overwhelming, but just think about how tired BIPOC are when they have to fight against systemic racism every day.

3.5 Bubble Teas, Fantasy, Jimmy Patterson Books, LGBTQIA, Natasha Ngan, New Adult, Review

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Published by Jimmy Patterson Books on November 5th, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Young Adult

Pages: 403

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“Being vulnerable isn’t a flaw. It is the most beautiful thing in the world. If you were invincible, being brave would be easy.”


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3 Bubble Teas, Charles Yu, Review, Science Fiction, Vintage

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Published by Vintage on July 23rd, 2010

Genre: Science Fiction,

Pages: 256

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“Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward.”


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