Amplifying the Voices of Writers of Colour.

If you're looking for exciting new books written by POC, I've got you covered!

Whether you like literary fiction, short stories, nonfiction essay collections or fantasy, there's a writer of colour who has written a book with your name on it.

Every Wednesday I post a new review on the blog. Once a month I post a recap of the books I've read for the previous month. At the beginning of every month I share a list of all the great books coming out by POC. And much more...Don't miss anything, get on the list.

Hey I'm Lalaa,

Book Reviewer &

Community + Culture Writer

The literary world is jam-packed with books shifting the conversation about race, identity and belonging and 'This Black Girl Reads' aims to bring those stories to your bookshelf.

I've always loved reading the stories of people who look like me. No matter the situation there’s a book I can point to and a story I can lean on. I too have wished to have 'The Bluest Eye;' I've bellowed "I'm a woman, phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that's me;" and I've even shouted YES like Shonda. These stories are not mine but they are all a part of me, a part of us.

Our stories and voices are important and my goal is to continue reading them and sharing them. To discover, discuss and celebrate these stories but most importantly introduce other Black Girls to them too, that they may discover their own story within. Hope I can help you find your next read...

On the Blog...

Representation Matters, Here’s Why You Should Care
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Representation Matters, Here’s Why You Should Care

Last month I was invited to a Toronto Book Blogger meetup, and although my weekend was swamped, I was determined...
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To All The Books I Read in June…
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To All The Books I Read in June…

June has come and gone and with it came the roar of soccer season. And the only thing I love...
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Nicole Dennis-Benn Does it Again With Her Brilliant New Novel, Patsy.
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Nicole Dennis-Benn Does it Again With Her Brilliant New Novel, Patsy.

There’s nothing left to say other than Nicole Dennis-Benn has done it again with her new novel Patsy. Beautiful and...
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You’re Going to LOVE our Monthly Pick Girl! – June
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You’re Going to LOVE our Monthly Pick Girl! – June

Hey sis!   I don’t know about you but whenever I’m reading a good book, I spend so much time...
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How to Love the Books You Read! May Monthly Update
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How to Love the Books You Read! May Monthly Update

I am so in love with most of the books I read in May.   Seriously ya’ll this month I...
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With the Fire on High Book Review
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With the Fire on High Book Review

There's no question about it, I love food! I love movies about food, I love new and beautiful food experiences,...
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Books, Books, Books…Here’s all the Goodness I read in April
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Books, Books, Books…Here’s all the Goodness I read in April

April felt like it went by so quickly. I remember the first week, then bang it’s May 1st. But since...
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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams Review – a smart, worthy and timely debut
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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams Review – a smart, worthy and timely debut

Oh Queenie, Queenie, Queenie! Those were my exact words as I read the last page in Carty-Williams’s debut novel, Queenie....
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It’s About time for NEW BOOKS! Monthly Update
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It’s About time for NEW BOOKS! Monthly Update

Happy Thursday my booklovin' sistas and Happy New Month! And with a new month comes new reads of course!!! Last...
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This Black Girl Read 12 Books in March! Winning!
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This Black Girl Read 12 Books in March! Winning!

This month Spring appeared and with it, my reading game leveled up. I can’t specifically explain how I did it...
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The Everlasting Rose leaves us Questioning, What is Beauty?
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The Everlasting Rose leaves us Questioning, What is Beauty?

The standard of beauty is not definite, we define it. But what happens when beauty is defined by a society...
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Five Excellent Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day Including Dope Books by Dope Women
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Five Excellent Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day Including Dope Books by Dope Women

International Women’s Day is held on March 8th every year, and every year I see an influx of quotes and...
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Neighbours get Pushed to the Edge in Mary Monroe’s New Page Turner
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Neighbours get Pushed to the Edge in Mary Monroe’s New Page Turner

I fell in love with Mary Monroe, and her writing years ago after reading God Don't Like Ugly. I went...
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10 New Books Coming Out In March 2019 To Add To Your Spring Reading List
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10 New Books Coming Out In March 2019 To Add To Your Spring Reading List

With the start of March comes the hopes of warmer weather, the end of daylight savings time and books, so...
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Bestselling Author, Angie Thomas, Gives a Voice to the Voiceless
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Bestselling Author, Angie Thomas, Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

The brisk cold air and the light dusting of snow could not stop the over 400 people who came to...
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An incredible catalog of everyday hope, despair and fear in Black womanhood.
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An incredible catalog of everyday hope, despair and fear in Black womanhood.

When I think of some of the books that I couldn’t wait to read in 2019, Magical Negro was at...
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Nine down and 104 to go! Here’s my January Monthly Roundup of the Books I Read
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Nine down and 104 to go! Here’s my January Monthly Roundup of the Books I Read

As January comes to a close the only word I can use to describe it is WOW!   It has...
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Books Coming Out In February Are Lit!
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Books Coming Out In February Are Lit!

Hey, my book sistas first of all happy February! Brrrrr it is cold out there girl; so cold that my poor...
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Being a ride or die for your sister takes on a different meaning. My sister, the serial killer.
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Being a ride or die for your sister takes on a different meaning. My sister, the serial killer.

Being a ride or die for your sister takes on a different meaning, in Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel, “My Sister,...
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Most Anticipated Books of 2019
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Most Anticipated Books of 2019

To be honest, I could spend the next hour talking about all the books I want to read in 2019...
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Lalaa

Copywriter & Book Blogger
Lalaa is a Canadian book blogger and avid reader who loves to read good Black books and drink lots of great coffee. You can usually find me posted up in the Community and Culture section of Chapters, or trying to squeeze in one more chapter. You can find me on Twitter @lalaawrites