If You Liked This Album, Read This Book

Listening to music and reading not only can go together but can make a fantastic pairing, intensifying both experiences. In the spirit of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Kiara Garrett has created a list of book recommendations and some of the Best Hip-Hop and R&B albums to pair with them.  If you do not think it is possible or appropriate to read and listen to music at the same time, look away now; if not, check out the If You Like This Album, Read This Book recommendations list.

BooksJay Z – 4:44 | Junot Diaz -This Is How You Lose Her

BooksSolange – A Seat at the Table | Sandra Cisneros – The House on Mango Street

BooksKendrick Lamar – Damn | Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Beautiful Struggle


BooksKendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly | Ta-Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me

BooksBeyonce – Lemonade | Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God

BooksDrake – Nothing Was The Same | Kwame Alexander – Solo

BooksRihanna – ANTi | Toni Morrison – God Help the Child

BooksLupe Fiasco – The Cool | John Lewis – March (Book One)

BooksKanye West – The Life of Pablo | Mychal Denzel Smith – Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching

BooksJ. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only | Jesmyn Ward – Men We Reaped

BooksUsher – Confessions | Tayari Jones – Silver Sparrow

BooksMigos – Culture | Jade Change – The Wangs vs the World

BooksSZA – Ctrl | Janet Mock – Surpassing Certainty (What My Twenties Taught Me)

BooksErykah Badu – Baduizm | Nicola Yoon – The Sun is Also a Star

Books2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music | Ibi Zoboi – American Street

BooksChildish Gambino – Awaken My Love | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – A Kind of Freedom

BooksThe Internet – Ego Death | Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

BooksChance the Rapper – Coloring Book | Daniel Jose Older – Shadowshaper

BooksCardi B – Bodak Yellow | Lilliam Rivera – The Education of Margo Sanchez

Do you agree? Have you tried another excellent book and music pairing you’d like to recommend? Please do so in the comments.


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