In honor of Black History Month, we asked Nikki High, owner of Octavia’s Bookshelf, a Black woman-owned bookstore that features books by BIPOC writers, to share book recommendations. Read on for Nikki’s six audiobook picks for Black History Month, and be sure to add them to your TBR.
by Kiese Laymon
I have listened to Heavy no less than four times. Heavy is breathtaking from start to finish. I laughed and cried multiple times with and for him throughout this beautiful and often tragic memoir. This book should be on everyone’s list.
My Sister, the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Super witty and funny cozy murder story. As the eldest child, we sometimes watch in horror the things our siblings do but this is next level!
by Akwaeke Emezi
If you enjoyed Pet you will love Bitter. Bitter is faced with decisions she shouldn’t have to make, where the stakes are so high. I instantly connected with Bitter’s struggle.
The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less
by Christine Platt
First and foremost, I appreciated Platt’s honesty. I’m on a perpetual quest to simplify and organize my life and I felt like Platt’s guide gave practical solutions. She isn’t preachy about it but she gives you simple steps to evaluate how you want to design your life and surroundings without feeling overwhelmed.
I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying
by Bassey Ikpi
Where do I start? This book haunted me for a long time after listening to it. I wept while listening to Ikpi detail her struggles with bipolar disorder in a world that doesn’t prioritize women’s (especially Black women’s) mental health. I was crestfallen and simultaneously rooting for her as she described episodes with so much feeling and detail, I was dumbfounded. Ikpi gave us insight into another world and I will forever be grateful.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert
Oh c’mon! The British accent and the fun and engaging story of finding love will always pull me in. Listen to this book on the patio while enjoying a cocktail or laying on the beach, light and easy is the way to go. Black Brit Lit for the win.