Week 2: (November 9-13) – Book Pairing (Julie @ Julz Reads): This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

The pairing that really jumped out at me for this week’s theme was pairing Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené’s “Slay in Your Lane” with Candice Carty-Williams’ “Queenie

Where “Slay in Your Lane” highlights British Black women’s experiences through a mixture of reported research, the authors’ personal experience and that of their interviewees, “Queenie” gives us a fictionalised but highly authentic portrayal of that lived experience with all its microaggressions, dating issues, cultural family patterns and, especially, mistrust of discussing mental health problems. Several things I’d read in “Queenie” popped up in “Slay in Your Lane”.

I’d highly recommend reading the two together, and they have both aided my understanding of the experience of Black British people.