Favorite book by a Black Author this month in Calendar Girls. Several contenders and one winner: Becoming Michelle Obama

Calendar Girl is a monthly meme now hosted by Katie @nevernotreding and Adrienne @darquedreamer

but created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.

Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite. There is also a Twitter chat spanning as last month on several days!

Hi dear friends,

This month’s topic is a favorite book written by a black author.

My first reaction was: OK but which author is black? I mean when I read a book I never pay attention to the author’s skin color! OK if the name is Hoang or Wang or …I can guess he is from Asian origin but …

So I had to look into my “read” shelves to find some books written by black authors!

And I have found several that I really liked.

So once again I will go with contenders and one winner.

Let’s keep this post simple and go straight throught the heart of the matter.

Contenders

1. Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi

I had the pleasure to get my book signed at YALC London this summer thanks to very helpful ladies in the queue to see her. Because let me say the queue was so huge that I was certain I would never meet Tomi Adeyemi within her alloted time!

I loved that book because Zelie was a strong heroine and embarked on a quest! The only flaw I found was the love story as it was unnecessary.

You can read my review if you click on the graphic.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Do I really need to speak about that one? Starr is one of my favorite heroines because even if she is afraid she does what is right. I was so disappointed when I realized that the movie was going out only in our capital city!

3. Art & Soul and The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C Cherry.

Brittainy C Cherry is one of my favorite romance authors. She writes moving stories with incredible characters. They are flawed and vulnerable du you can relate very easily to their struggle. They also have incredibly bright souls. These two books are my favorites from her.

And now today’s winner is NOT a FICTIONAL story.

My winner is Becoming Michelle Obama by …Michelle Obama.

This was my first ever audiobook. It is 18 hours so yes I’ve been all “go big or go home” for a first. I still need to write my review but this book was fascinating. I loved listening to Michelle as she is narrating her own story.

Usually audiobooks don’t work for me as the voice is weird compared to the picture of the hero that I have in my head but here of course it fit perfectly!

I loved learning what her childhood was. How she met Barack and was not impressed by who she considered looked like a geek in his picture. I cried when I heard about her best friend’s death at 26, about her father’s illness, about her fight to become pregnant and the loss of her first baby.

I found really interesting to learn the “behind of the scene” for the president’s protection. The code names the presidential family was given.

I cheered when I learned all that Michelle tried to do as first lady to improve kid’s health, her fight against children’s obesity.

Michelle explained that there is no guide to become a first lady. You don’t have a set role. You define what you want to become.

Her encounters with the Queen of England, with Nelson  Mandela and many others.

One of her last parting words was ” To me, becoming isn’t arriving somewhere. It is a way to reach continuously to a better self. The journey never ends.”

I miss her terribly! She is a great lady.

 

Now it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite books writtend by black authors?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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25 Replies to “Favorite book by a Black Author this month in Calendar Girls. Several contenders and one winner: Becoming Michelle Obama”

  1. I own both THUG and Children of Blood & Bone, but haven’t read them yet.
    I’m very tempted to read Michelle Obama’s book, and i’m not even a big fan of non fiction. I tried the audio book sample and her voice is just so soothing and that little 5 minute sample was really fascinating.

  2. I loved Children of Blood and Bone! And I am going to be reading THUG this month. I am curious about Becoming and want to get the audiobook of that one so I can listen to Michelle Obama’s voice reading it to me 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      That would be a great choice Olivia as I really enjoyed listening to her!

  3. Great choices! I also loved COBAB! Can’t wait for the sequel! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Me too Raven!

  4. I struggled to establish which books I’d really enjoyed were by black authors too! This was a great pick though, I’ve been meaning to read this book for some time.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Lucinda!

  5. I still need to read Michelle Obama’s book but I’m really looking forward to it because I admire her so much. I bought a print copy but I may also get the audio because I’d love to hear her tell her own story.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It was like drinking tea with her Suzanne!

  6. GREAT CHOICE! I honestly didn’t even think about non-fiction or memoir. *headdesk* I like the idea of listening to this one on audio, since I probably won’t ever actually pick it up.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Bwahahaha I knew about slap face but now headdesk is even better Katie!!

  7. All great choices! I’m thinking about trying audiobooks also but I’m not sure I can do 18 hours, LOL! I think I’d add Kennedy Ryan to that list…

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Kennedy!!!

  8. I had no idea she wrote a book. Great choice!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Adrienne!

  9. I don’t stop to think about this either. Love your choice for Michelle Obama. I think I want to try it as an audible too!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Laura it’s really a fantastic read/audible experience 😉

  10. This is a great list of books, I loved both COBAB and THUG so much! I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I’ve been so curious about Michelle Obama’s book, so happy you enjoyed it 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Marie!!!

  11. Oh, by far, one of my FAVORITE authors is Brittainy C Cherry!!! I’ve loved everything I’ve read (ahem, with the exception of The Space in Between…I just could not do it but then again, it was her first book)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I haven’t read The Space in Between either Tracey!

  12. The Sun Is Also A Star was my first thought when I saw the prompt. I just started THUG and I’m not sure if I like it yet, but I hope I do. There’s just a lot of swearing so far.
    The wait list for Becoming is so long it might be a year before I get to read it

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I didn’t know she Nicola was black Tanya! One more proof that I don’t care about skin color LOL

  13. I have no idea what colour the skin is of the authors I read. Like you I don’t stop to think oh am I reading a book by someone from here or there, do they have green eyes, or what not. I just read the book! 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha yes that’s talent that is most important!

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