Top Ten Tuesday – #ReadCaribbean

I’ve belatedly realized that it’s Black Music Month – in addition to being Caribbean American Heritage Month (with its #readCaribbean and #Caribathon memes) and Pride Month, not to mention World Environment Day is in there as well (and the environment being one of my areas of deep concern, I’ve got to shout that out too). So, here we go.

I’m adding to my original #readCaribbean post some books with music and the environment (as a key character or plot point, or key to setting and/or atmosphere). As with the original list, I’m pulling from books I’ve blogged (so not my entire reading history) and linking my review, and not including books from my BHM Book a Day project.

Black Music –

The children’s book The Masquerade Dance by Carol Ottley-Mitchell with illustrator Daniel J. O’Brien, which includes the “drum drum drum” of the masquerade beat.

The Masquerade Dance

Another children’s book How to be a Calypsonian by Desryn T. A. Collins with illustrator Ricky Sanchez Ayala

How to be a Calypsonian

The non-fiction book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius by Kwame Dawes, breaking down the work of the reggae icon.

No Woman, No Cry by Rita Marley, a music-filled memoir from Bob’s wife and stellar artiste in her own right.

Environment – 

Two of my picture books Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and The Jungle Outside, one using the marine and the other the terrestrial environment as setting and theme.

Lost the-jungle-outside

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay, and even more so a read-in-progress also by the Jamaican author Daylight Come, both heavily influenced by her career in environmental activism.

Pictured are the Caribbean edition, left, and the US edition, right, of McCaulay’s Gone to Drift.


June is #ReadCaribbean Month (shout out Book of Cinz) and today is Top Ten Tuesday (shout out the Artsy Reader Girl) That’s right, bookish worlds are colliding on my blog today. I’m putting my own spin on it though because I can’t promise I’ll get through a reading challenge but I’ll use the challenge, inspired by Caribbean Heritage Month, to post my top ten, this being a choose your own adventure freebie Tuesday.

If you’re a regular here, you know I’m a Caribbean author, reader, and blogger, and I stay reading Caribbean, but I could stand to read a lot more and I’d bet you could too (so consider yourself recc’d). I’ll be picking from among books I’ve blogged (books I’ve blogged because that’s easier to track), some books organized under the various 2021 #ReadCaribbean sub-themes for my top 10. I’ll try not to repeat books from my Black History…

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