What Lena Waithe reads

Lena Waithe reads

Lena Waithe is a major inspiration to women everywhere. In addition to being a talented actress, screenwriter and producer, she is also a book fanatic which means we adore her all the more. These are the books that Lena Waithe reads and loves.

The Lonely Life: An Autobiography by Bette Davis

Lena is unique in that she loves books that are no longer in print. The Lonely Life is a definite classic and it’s no wonder Lena Waithe loves it so much.


Purpose Awakening: Discovering the Epic Idea that Motivated Your Birth by Toure Roberts

Lena writes, “Just go to the chapter about “Purpose mates” and proceed to get your whole life. See, some of y’all trying to find love before you find your purpose. Common Mistake.”


This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell

Lena Waithe enjoys reading books instead of scripts when she gets a chance. She loves this book by Kevin Sampsell, a debut novel about two people who put their hearts on the line despite the issues that surround their existing lives.


The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Lena loves Issa Rae (who doesn’t) and made sure her fans knew to go out and support her by buying her book. Rae’s debut essay collection recounts stories from a life of being an introvert and is both funny and sentimental.


If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Just made into a movie, If Beale Street Could Talk is a story about unrequited love, a tragic crime and timely social issues. If you want to read a book that will stick with you, this book is the one.


The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jennifer Lewis

Lena Waithe could not have been more excited about Jennifer Lewis’s book The Mother of Black Hollywood. Lewis’s book is an insightful read about her experience as a black woman in Hollywood and the ups and downs of her career. The inspiring woman’s book is one everyone in Hollywood should read.


Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

This novel written by the parents of Trayvon Martin is a powerful read about the young man who was senselessly killed. A story about the beauty of their son’s life and the tragic end to it, this book will undoubtedly leave you in tears.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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