#readingforchange: need more resources?

Question: “Cara, I’m a super amazing reader, and have already read all the books you listed on your post last week. Will you find me some new ones?”

Answer: “Of course. I am your reading servant and friend. See below!”

Question: “Friend, I don’t want to read the books you invited us to read, but I do want to participate in Reading for Change. I do only want to read books written by black authors in the month of February. Help a sister out?”

Answer: “Why, of course. See below!”

So, is this you?

Are you Reading for Change, but in need of even more reading options? 

Alexandre Dulaunoy

Well, have no fear. More titles are here!


The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)

Sundown Towns (James W. Loewen) – for more information, check out Caris’ thoughts on this book.

The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)


The Color of Water (James McBride)

Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Charles M. Blow)

Hunger (Roxane Gay)

Spoonbread & Strawberry Wine (Norma Dean Darden and Carole Darden) – bonus, it’s also a cookbook!

Christian Non-fiction:

Roadmap to Reconciliation (Brenda Salter McNeil)

Jesus and the Disinherited (Howard Thurman)

Birmingham Revolution and Reconciliation Blues (Edward Gilbreath)

Every Little Thing (Deidra Riggs)


32 Candles (Ernessa Carter)

Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

God Help the Child (Toni Morrison)

Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon) – and this is actually YA.

But wait…

Here’s a kids’ list of 28 black picture books that aren’t about buses, boycotts or basketballs, and a list of 12 lesser-known black authors we should all be reading.

Also, be sure to check out Modern Mrs. Darcy’s “What Should I Read Next?” podcast this Tuesday, because I hear she’ll be talking about what we’ve been talking about… (And if that’s not subliminally passive-aggressive, I don’t know what is).

Finally, browse The Brown Bookshelf for more ideas as well!

I know I’m feeling the change deep in my bones already from this month’s reading exercise, and I don’t doubt it’s the same for you. 

So, how has Reading for Change changed you?

xo, c.

Reading for Change: What books are YOU reading this month that’s sparking change within you? And are any of the above books your favorite? I’d love to continue to provide resources, so if you have books you think WE should read for Black History Month, leave them in the comments below! 

5 thoughts on “#readingforchange: need more resources?

  1. I read Everything Everything in January. The more I think about it the more I love it. I listened to a podcast interview of Nicola Yoon, too, and it was really interesting. Her Jamaican accent is gorgeous.

    I loved your post on For Every Mom today. Thank you for this push.

    1. I’m hoping to read Everything, Everything soon …I’m just still in line for it at the library even though I want it NOW!! 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement with the piece. I’m staying off social media so the positivity & negativity of it doesn’t get to me. 😉

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com


  2. I just found you-in a convoluted sort of way through Facebook-and I wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying reading through your blog. I am about 75% of the way through “Warmth of Other Suns” and I can’t stop telling people how amazing and depressing and illuminating it is. I also read Ta Nehisi Coate’s book, “The Beautiful Struggle.” “Brown Girl Dreaming” is up next. I’m really trying to educate myself.

    1. Glad to connect, Heidi! I think educating ourselves is the first step, and for many of us, reading books outside of our comfort zones and different from what we’d normally choose is SO huge. So, I’m in this with you. I know I’ve been changed by all I’ve read in the past month!

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