It’s that time again, time for my ‘Recommended Reads: May 2020’. With so many people turning to a good book in these unsettling and trying times, my reading/books wishlist keeps on getting longer and longer. But I’m not mad at it! There’s so much of the world that can be discovered through a good book, so many lessons to learn, so many worlds to explore, and so many stories to enjoy.

Here’s my Recommended Reads for May 2020:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – a philosophical novel written by Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, I was gripped by the narrative of this story. When I began reading it, it was a little hard for me to sink my teeth into, but once I dove in I couldn’t put it down. Dorian Gray is a man of impressive beauty, and the subject of a painting. Mr Gray trades his soul so he can remain looking as young as he does in the painting, and this makes for a whirlwind life full of laughter, love, betrayal, death, and all a manner of events. Definitely worth a read!
Normal People by Sally Rooney – I’m always sceptical of a book thats been turned into a TV show and has rave reviews, 9/10 I’ll always try and read the book first. This book is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, and according to its Amazon description over a million copies have been sold. It’s a story about two girls who grow up in a small town in Ireland, and who couldn’t be more different. They strike up an intense conversation, and something life-changing starts there. This book has actually been recommended to me by a friend, so I will definitely get round to reading it.
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth – Elaine Welteroth has one of those careers that seem like something out of a fairytale, the kind of thing you couldn’t make up. Welteroth was the youngest ever Editor of Teen Vogue (US), and only the second person of African-American heritage in Condé Nast’s 107-year history to hold such a title. Not only that, she’s a journalist and TV show host (Project Runway), and this book has gone on to make her a New York Times best-selling author. This book is part-manifesto, part-memoir, and one that details her incredible journey and all of the obstacles she’s faced along the way.
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston – a beautiful collection of stories that capture the zeitgeist of African American Life; these stories enrich our understanding of black love, race, classism, sexism, gender and identity. With strong and vibrant characters throughout all stories, this is a book anyone of African American heritage should read. Its one I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and one that I think will change my perception/understading of black life once I do.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – another book that touches on race and politics, but a modern-day story that cannot be ignored. When a black woman is apprehended at a supermarket for kidnapping a child she’s actually babysitting, this sets off a frenzied chain of events. A great tale about race, class, and social commentary; its no surprise that this book has been named in Elle, Glamour, and the BBC as one of the best books of 2020.

If you’ve read any of these books, or plan on reading any of them, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, and I love to discuss books in general.

JP x


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