In the first part of the blog series, we talked about some of the books we believe are essential for everyone to read at least once in their lifetime, and in this part, we’ll delve deep into 3 more books that you ought to read. This list is entirely subjective and are books that changed my life and how I think, but here is the list of more books that I think everyone should read at least once.
Okay, I don’t want to be the one, but I read for fun, and I can finish a book in a day. So, you would be correct to say that I’ve read my fair share of books in my time. I also did an English degree and currently working on a master’s in linguistic, so trust me when I tell you I know what I am talking about. So, without further ado, let’s get into this list.
1. The Six of Crow duology by Leigh Bardugo
This one is a fun read and will get you into the waters of dystopian worlds. If you’ve watched the Shadow and Bones series on Netflix, you will love this duology because it follows the Crows, an unlikely team of thieves who get together for a heist. Think of it as La Casa De Papel meets Game of Thrones. Even though this is a YA book, it will make you cry; the end of book two ruined me and for those who’ve read the book already know what I’m talking about.
My favorite characters are Wylan and Jesper; they are the comic relief of the book but also are the ones who will make you love the crows. All six crows are developed thoroughly and are well-rounded characters. Inej and Nina are also some of the most badass female characters you will ever read, and their storyline is not hidden behind that o the other characters. If you are looking for a fun read, this book series is for you.
2. Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith
Okay, you don’t need to be a fan of poetry to appreciate this book, this is one of the most profound poetry books I’ve read this year, and the language is not at all pretentious. Smith uses AAVE (African American Vernacular English) alongside Gayspeak to showcase their identity and show how they evolve in the space that is America. This book hits all the right notes and speaks about the human condition, and if you are a queer person of color like me, then this book will hit close to home.
The book speaks about the queer and black experience in America and talks about police brutality and homophobia in America and with the African American community as a whole. This book will make you reflect upon your place on this earth and is one of those books that make you think about it even when you’re done with them. Some of the must-read poems are: & even the black guy’s profile reads sorry, no black guys, you’re dead America and litany with blood all over.
3. Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood by Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova
This one is a personal favorite of mine, and I can say that it is not for everyone, but if you want to laugh out loud and read haikus about periods, then this book is for you. This book is co-written by two of my favorite drag queens, Trixie and Katya, who were both in season 7 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and its spinoff Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.
If you can’t get enough of these two, then you can listen to their podcast The Bald and The Beautiful and watch their web series Unhhhh or Queens who like to watch. Their book is a collection of essays, stories, messages, and pictures and is an overall fun and quick read that will make you love these 2 queens even more. It is a satirical book of etiquette for women with their own spin. It is the perfect gift for anyone who loves comedy and is a must-read, in my opinion.
Sound off in the comment section below and tell us your favorite book that you think everyone else should read.