The Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley is my absolute favorite mystery series of all times. So not suggesting the first book in the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, would be sacrilege.
Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend’s bar, wondering how he’ll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
This book has many twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you swooning over Easy! His debonair and cool style mixed with roughness that can make anyone spill the beans. Start with the first book in the series and work your way through all fourteen books. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin is a definitely a book to revisit since the release of the movie adaptation! In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a 19-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad.
Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions – affection, despair, and hope.
In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
The Power to Prosper by Michelle Singletary is an awesome book for anyone seeking to align their money with biblical principles and promises. The book teaches you practical ways to financial freedom by putting you on a 21-day financial fast, where you are prohibited from using credit cards and cannot buy anything unless it is a basic need for survival. You’ll experience something even more amazing…your faith and generosity will increase, too.
Any habit can be broken or started in just 21 days! Just trust the process.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas is a young adult book that deals with many of the issues that we deal with on a daily basis.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape.
As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes.
With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to make it.
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is a moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor! Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
This is an awesome collection of books for you to explore. There’s a mystery to get your heart pumping, Christian philosophies to get your finances straight, a young adult to make you thankful for not being young anymore (lol), a classic fiction love story to help your stretch out on the recliner to read and a funny memoir to help you laugh out loud!
Now it’s your turn…
Let me know what you’re reading in April in the comment section.