I love books and I cannot lie.
I know. Corny. The line from “Baby Got Back”, not loving books mention. Because for me, reading is life. It’s a part of me and always has been since I can remember. Like, I don’t even trust someone who doesn’t read a book on the regular, And now that we are almost in the winter season, I wanted to help you with some recommendations that I know you are going to enjoy.
Whether you listen to books in your car, or prefer to get cozy under a warm blanket and read the words in a book by the fire, reading is a great activity to indulge in, especially while nesting inside.
I’ve got some selections that are riveting, romantic, mysterious, and provocative. Here are my Six Books to Read This Autumn and Winter:
While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
As an avid reader and lover of all things by Black authors, I have become a huge fan of Jasmine Guillory. She’s a New York Times Bestselling author, and her latest work While We Were Dating is yet another book she’s written under the romance novel column that hits all of the right marks. It’s a rom-com type of situation that’s perfect for reading while sitting under a blanket and drinking hot tea or coffee.
It’a cute, fun, and definitely one of my favorite reads this year.
The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris
I want to preface this by saying this book was kind of hard for me to get into. In fact, I stopped and started back reading it a few times before I got hooked.
Now that I’ve shared that with you, I will say that once it gets going, it really goes. It’s a subtle type of mystery fiction that some have been comparing to Get Out and The Stepford Wives with a little The Devil Loves Prada mixed in for good measure. There’s definitely a twist that has a WHOA moment, and was worth all of the stops and starts I experienced.
Author Zakita Dalila Harris is a Brooklynite who has a quirky writing style that I tend to enjoy. Read it for yourself to see if you like it too.
Caul Baby: A Novel, Morgan Jerkins
Let me say this–this book is so good, I could barely put it down. Caul Baby is centered around a family who has a precious commodity that helps heal people. But once their secret gets out, it is up to one family member to save herself.
You Got Anything Stronger? Gabrielle Union
This book is the sequel to Gabrielle Union’s first book We’re Going To Need More Wine, and it serves as a collection of funny yet honest stories that showcases Gabrielle in a vulnerable and authentic light.
Christmas On Clermont Lane, Danyelle Little
Did you know that I recently wrote my first novel? Christmas On Clermont Lane is my ode to Hallmark Channel holiday movies with a few twists. My novel centers around Jasmine Robinson and her family which she has been estranged from, and is a multi-generational story about loss, finding love again, and reconciliation. With Christmas as the backdrop and the Midwest as a setting, it’s a book that you won’t be able to put down (if I do say so myself).
Happy Endings: A Novel Thien-Kim Lam
What happens when a Vietnamese sex-toy entrepreneur and her ex partner to collaborate to save his family’s restaurant? You’ll have to read this book to find out and yes, it is as steamy as the title alludes to.
Reading is life! I hope that you will take the time to enjoy at least one book from my recommendations for books to read this autumn and winter.
Do you have any books to add to this list?