Stories Celebrating Black Voices

This post is part of Six for Sunday run by Steph from A Little But a Lot.

Listening to a variety of voices and experiences is incredibly important. If you only read books featuring your own gender, age, race, or creed, there are innumerable things you can miss out on.

So, I think it’s incredibly important to read stories with black characters. These are just some I’ve read which focus on black characters. Have you read any of these? Or, do you have any to recommend?

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Books I Studied in School 

This year is the 10th anniversary of my Leaving Cert exams. Kids starting their Leaving Cert were barely in primary school when I sat my own exams. And that, readers, is how you feel old.

In honour of this great moment, I took a look at the texts and tomes I studied for my own Mental Torture™. The greatest feat will be if I can actually remember them. In this, I’ve included my studied prose – this would enter into thesis levels if I rattled off all the poetry and poets I focused on.

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Tag Thursday: I Dare You Tag

Thanks so much to Bookmurmation for this tag. I’ve seen it floating around a few times, but I’ve never actually taken it myself. Now seems like the perfect time.

When I was in school, I of course played Truth or Dare so many times. I always went for truth, so having to do a couple of dares now feels a little out of my comfort zone for sure.

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Why Actually Championing Diversity in Books Matters

We all like to think we’re fantastic allies. We sit back and champion books featuring Black charaacters, written by Black authors, or with characters of varied sexualities, religions, nationalities, or who appear on the autism spectrum. But how much of what we’re reading “diversely” is actually just performative? I know I’m not without blame here.

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