Books I’ve Read in Lockdown

Terri-Karelle Reid books

We are now in June! How is this even possible? Oh right, Coronavirus *rolls eyes*. She has monopolized life and taken ownership of 2020 thus far. In January, I had written a blog outlining all 45 books that I read last year. Most of us who are book lovers might have anticipated more downtime to read, but honestly, I haven’t been able to concentrate as much. Between homeschooling, observing best covid-19 practices, taking care of my mental health, carving out time for my daughter, and watching the world in turmoil etc. I have read far less in this half-year. However, my online community has asked me to share the books I have read thus far and here they are. Let me add, that similar to music, we all have preferences. Some years I might focus on one theme and in another year, I might be all over the place. Whatever your preference, I hope that there is a book that you might find interesting.

I am making a conscious effort to read more books written by female and black authors, especially Caribbean authors. There is definitely a different vibe when you are able to identify places, schools, or colloquial expressions that we use. There are Caribbean authors who are sharing their experiences, lending their voices and creative souls to include communities that aren’t often represented due to cultural and societal indifference or disgust. Regardless of the theme, it is delightful being represented in some way, shape or form. If you need a little help getting started on Caribbean books, you may like 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us

I encourage you to always review books before you purchase to assess if they have themes that you are comfortable with. For my sister queens who have been sexually violated, ensure that you review books for triggers that might send you into an emotional spiral.

My awesome resources are: @2treads, @rebelwomenlit, @decentred_lit_ja, @thetallestpineapple

As always pace yourself. The number of books you read for the year isn’t relevant. If you aren’t an avid reader, don’t be ashamed. Take your time, if you get through one book a year, kudos to you. The more you practice, the more you will find the time and even look forward to reading. If you are often distracted, you could try audiobooks via Reading is personal and shouldn’t be compared to others.

I encourage you to try new types of books, try something different from what you are accustomed to and try to learn something that you can apply to be and do better. That being said, here are some of the books, I have managed to read thus far:

***** indicates the books I loved the most.

Feminist &/or Race (4)

THICK– Tressie McMillan ***** (LOVED)

Hood Feminism– Mikki Kendall ****

So You Want To Talk About Race– Ijeoma Oluo *****

Natives:Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire– Akala ***** (LOVED)

Books about race
Talking about race, colour, oppression, sexual abuse, the vulnerable isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.

Feminist &/or Race- Fiction (7)

These Ghosts Are Family– Maisy Card ***** (LOVED)

Here Comes The Sun – Nicole Dennis-Benn ***** (LOVED)

PATSY– Nicole Dennis-Benn *****

The Thing Around Your Neck– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Girl With the Louding Voice– Abi Daré ***** (LOVED)

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche ***** (LOVED)

Confessions of Frannie Langton – Sara Collins

Books by amazing black femaleauthors
The vibrancy of black books is indescribable. These were amazing books by black authoresses

Memoirs (4)

Daring To Drive– Manal-al Sharif *****

Beneath the Tamarind Tree– Isha Sesay

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind– William Kamkwamba *****

Inspirational memoirs
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind was so inspirational.

Social Science (1)

What the Dog Saw- Malcolm Gladwell*****

Personal Development & Mindset (4)

Atomic Habits – James Clear

Limitless– Jim Kwik

The One Thing – Gary Keller& Jay Papasan

Linchpin – Seth Godin *****

personal development and mindset books

Business (3)

Fanatical Prospecting – Jeb Blount

The Future is Faster Than You Think– Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler

Purple Cow -Seth Godin

I am here to remind us all, that going forward, we shall continue to educate ourselves, understand the world and people around us, write our own books, document our own experiences, provide cultural and historical context for the next generations and create generational wealth and legacy.

Feel free to recommend books in the comments or share your thoughts/reviews on any of the books I have listed. I welcome them all.



  1. Ryoka June 9, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Lovely TK!

  2. Jacinth Mighty June 19, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Great job keep going. I am at 19. I read atomic habits also, great read . I listened one on audible called the Mountain and the Sea was so excited to see a Jamaican book and it was narrated by one of my favourite voices Paula- Ann Porter Jones so I just had to listen. Continue to inspire us girl you have a huge fan club

  3. Kaesen June 20, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I have read a few so far this year, mostly religious as I am trying to make sense of Christianity. I have also read a few novels from a Jamaican author that were very good.

    Here are the best so far from my list, the first 2 Christian centered, the last three are novels.

    The God Shaped Heart – Timothy Jennings
    The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
    Following Atticus – Tom Ryan
    Beyond the Fence – Sheldon Peart
    That Blooming System – Sheldon Peart (Jamaican)

  4. Jahnine Hanson June 22, 2020 at 4:43 am

    My reading has also slowed down although COVID 19 has me stuck at home but other matters such as decluttering, home schooling etc has had me busy.

    Atomic Habits (love, love)
    The One Thing (good read)

    Will purchase from your recommendation and my alignment (eg Born a Crime)
    Daring to Drive
    The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

    My recommendations
    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
    Jump by Steve Harvey
    The House that Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

    Looking forward the complete list at the end of 2020. I am here for it!

    1. terrikarelle January 11, 2021 at 2:32 am

      I am happy to report that I actually read “Alibaba. The House that Jack ma Built” in 2020. It was a great book!

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