My Top 2 Favorite Books with Black Protagonists​ | Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day!

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There are so many great books out there!

Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite featuring black protaganists. There are way more than two good books with black protgaonists, but these are simply my two favorites! One of them is a more recent read and another is a long time favorite.

Although MLK Day was yesterday, I nonetheless decided to post this because I think this is a super important topic to discuss. And, there are two of my favorite books on this list, one that I haven’t mentioned on this blog yet! Today I will be sharing with you my top three favorite books with a black protagonist in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day. I hope you enjoy!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King Junior

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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There are not many books out there as daring, bold, and unapologetic as The Hate U Give. Following the life of a black teenager named Starr Carter whose childhood best friend died this book has a humorous but brutally honest writing style. Although the book gets criticized by some for being too hypothetical to be realistic, I think it is shedding light upon an issue that needs to be discussed nonetheless.

Starr Carter herself is someone to look up to because even though she was hesitant at first to expose herself as the victim of a hotly debated crime, she eventually found the courage to stand up for what she knew was right. Furthermore, she stands up for racial equality in general even in her home life. When her father ridicules her for having a white boyfriend (Chris) and says “Why don’t you just bring a black boy home?” she stays grounded in her beliefs and continues to date him.

I think it deserves all the hype. I could continue to rant about how much I love this book, but I want to keep this post short. I think I got my message across. 😉

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Hate U Give conquers racism through a more audacious manner, but Brown Girl Dreaming is more about being inspiring and discussing racial topics and issues rather than fighting it.

This work of poetry is told in a dactylic fashion with smooth, flowing language. It is a story about the author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood, split between two polar opposite places. Growing up in both Brooklyn and South Carolina, Jacqueline always felt half at home in each place. In the South, children teased her and her siblings about their Northern way of talking, and in Brooklyn, being a Jehovah’s witness meant that they had to follow rules they didn’t understand.

The revolution is when Shirley Chisholm ran for president

and the rest of the world tried to imagine

a Black Woman in the White House.

-Jacqueline Woodson, page 308.

As you can see, in Brown Girl Dreaming, racism is overthrown using a different approach. Quietly, with a hint of a brave whisper, Brown Girl Dreaming conquers racism. Not just for being a lovely work of poetry, but through empowerment.

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What are your favorite books featuring black protagonists? Have you read The Hate U Give or Brown Girl Dreaming? How was your Martin Luther King Junior Day? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎

Celebrating National Book Lover’s Day // 3 Reasons Why I Love Books

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Hello everyone. Today, August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day! As a bookworm, I am quite excited and very happy that there is a National Day for me! I will be celebrating by showing you 3 reasons why I love books. Enjoy!

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Reason 1: Books Are Entertaining

There’s nothing better than sitting down on a cozy chair and diving into a wonderful book, right? I could easily spend hours skimming my bookcase, and then sitting down to read. Books tell exciting stories full of vivid detail that spark imagination. Pirates sailing on the sea. Princesses escaping towers.

When you open a book, there is a world waiting for you. Page by page, word by word, it develops into a magical universe where anything can happen. Even in books that are deemed “boring” like biographies, anything is possible. If that persons life wasn’t interesting in some way, there wouldn’t be a biography about it. The point is that books are unpredictable, fun, and very entertaining!

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Or at least in Snoopy’s opinion…

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Reason 2: Books Are Educational

Think about the benefits of watching TV.

It’s entertaining. 

Ok, fair enough.

Books are also entertaining.

And educational.

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Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Not only that, but research also suggests that reading daily can dramatically improve vocabulary, stronger analytical skills, and memory.

As you can see, reading every day, even for just a little while, has great benefits.

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Reason 3: Books Have Meaning

Books tell stories. Stories of moral and meaning and truth. Stories that spread goodness. There is something indescribable about the feeling of earthy pages between your fingers. Stories teach lessons (think Mother Goose) and help shape youth. As you grow up, they are still there to remind you what really matters. Whenever I have a hard day or am faced with a challenge in my life, I often lean on books. *Not on bookshelves though…I don’t want falling furniture*

I lose myself and rediscover myself again, getting lost and found in the rolling waves of the plot and story. Books have always been there.

They are truly meaningful.

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Happy National Book Lover’s Day, to all who wish to expand their knowledge in the best way possible – – through the pages of a book.

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Thanks for reading this post. What have you been reading recently? Why are books meaningful to you? Do you ever get scared of furniture randomly tipping over? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans, for leaving your home and family to defend our country.

Thank you, veterans, for training long and hard.

Thank you, veterans, for healing the wounded.

Thank you, veterans, for dedicating your life to a greater cause.

Thank you, veterans, for never giving up.

Thank you, veterans, for being so selfless and putting others before yourself.

Thank you veterans, for protecting us.

Thank you veterans, for being so brave in the face of adversity.

Thank you for your years of unwavering dedication.

Time will fly.

Months with pass.

Years.

Decades.

But you will never be forgotten.

So thank you veterans, thank you.

-Katie K

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