My summer reading list: Kamilah Okafor

Kamilah Okafor
Fiction, 2nd year

My summer reading list is all about re-filling my inspiration well and familiarizing myself with contemporary Black writers. This is just the appetizer:

The Emperor’s Babe by Bernardine Evaristo – This is a lyrical novel, starring Zuleika, a teenage bride promised to a rich Roman businessman. A feisty, streetwise heroine, I am eager to see Zuleika satisfy her cravings for passion and excitement when she begins a love affair with an emperor in this forbidden love tale.

Why I Killed My Best Friend by Amanda Michalopoulou – I confess, the book title caught my eye first. The synopsis sounds promising though: Uprooted from her beloved Africa, Maria struggles with the transition to her native Greece until she meets Anna. Bonded by their foreignness, the two form a lasting friendship of a competitive nature in regards to boys, talents, future aspirations, and political beliefs. Could their rivalry have been why she killed her best friend? Stay tuned.

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay – Ever since hearing her read at Fresno State and completing her heart-racing novel, An Untamed State, I have been on a quest to read anything by Gay. In this funny and insightful essay collection, Gay shares her thoughts on today’s feminism, and dives into other topics involving gender, sexuality, race, and entertainment. Expressing her views on today’s culture, I am pretty sure this will be a good read.

Plus, I’m definitely going to catch up on some YA and mystery fiction because no summer reading list is complete without corpses, cliffhangers, and cyborg heroines.


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