Ebony Nolan of @bwrb_bookclub on Instagram is all about finding the best new reads and loves nothing more than spending her summer with new books from some phenomenal diverse authors. As a part of our diverse panel of influencers for the BookSparks and POPSUGAR Summer Reading Challenge (#SRC2018), she is proud to share with She Reads her own summer reading list.

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Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Part of our challenge (Black Women Read Book Club) is to read a book of short stories written by a writer from another culture. This book fits the bill in every way. Plus I love the idea of men trying to navigate through this world without us. I’m interested to see how this works out!

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

This is a highly anticipated read for me. I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the publisher, so not only do I want to read it; I’m excited about giving a review. Plus, Lagos would be a wonderful place to visit for a summer vacay. I’ll just have to settle for a getaway with the pages of this book.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I also enjoy reading books written by authors of the African Diaspora and this fits the bill. Plus this is a story about the writer, so it’s personal and I’m sure quite poignant. It may not be a light read but I think it’s an important book worth reading. I’m looking forward to this book.

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

I’m excited to read this because not only is it written by a woman of color from a different culture than my own, it is a story about a strong bond between two girls. As women, we need to create and maintain bonds. That is a big part of what I’m trying to do with Black Women Read Books. In a totally different environment and aspect, but to create strong bonds nonetheless.

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