2020 Summer Reading List

As we begin to head into the hottest days of the year, I find myself longing for an afternoon stretch with a great book.

There are so many great moments in my childhood where I remember coming in from swimming and spending a few hours reading a book. The feeling of having endless time to get lost and become connected to heros and heroines is easily one my favorite.

So here is my list for the summer. I have classics, memoirs, fiction, and spirituality selections many of which are written by Black authors.


Here are a few of my favorite books I read back in middle school. They feel like appropriate reads for right now.

These novels opened my eyes to racial injustice as a young teen. Do you know them? They are poetic, heartbreaking, and truthful.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


I love a good memoir; just finished Becoming and I’m ready for more.

All three of these books will inspire you to show up as your truth.

All Boys Aren’t Blue is about the life of George Johnson and his experiences growing up Black and queer in America.

In the same vein, How We Fight for Our Lives, is the story of a young Black gay man and his fight for a place in the world.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle rounds out the list with her story of how she finally found herself.


So excited to dig into these two critically acclaimed books by Black authors.

Black Leopard Red Wolf is fantasy fiction that weaves in African history and mythology. So up my alley! A dream for me!

Homecoming, is the story of two half sisters in eighteenth century Ghana whose journey through life takes two very divergent paths. It tracks their history through eight generations. Love a generational novel.

Spirituality / Healing / Energy

In my ongoing journey to discover more about energy, healing and spirituality, I’ve put together my own self-study guide. Here are a few of the titles.

I’ve been following Shaman Durek for some time on Instagram, and excited to finally read his book, Spirit Hacking.

Can’t wait to read without interruption Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book, Becoming Supernatural.

Light is the New Black, by Rebecca Campbell. I’m almost done with it and it’s one to be treasured.

See anything you like? What’s on your summer reading list? Send the idea my way!