Can you see the connection between JAY-Z’s stirring 4:44 album and Junot Díaz’s critically acclaimed book, This Is How You Lose Her? According to one fan of music and literature, the thematic parallels are there. Or, at the very least, if you love one, there’s a high probability you’ll be satisfied indulging in the other.
Kiara Garrett took to her social media pages to share a suggested reading list of books one may enjoy if they call a particular album a favorite. The list, which picked up steam on Facebook, includes albums like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Usher’s Confessions and J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, as well as books like American Street, Their Eyes Were Watching God and The House on Mango Street.
“In the spirit of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and working for a real live “We Got Yall” … I have decided to create a list of book recommendations,” she wrote on Facebook. “If you liked this album, read this book.”
In the mood to expand your literary palate? Dive into Garrett’s recommendations and find the right book for your next book club meeting,
Solange, A Seat At The Table
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
Erykah Badu, Baduizm
2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!
The Internet, Ego Death
Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow“