This was created in 2020 by the creators of Indigathon, Bear and Michelle and I couldn’t complete it last year, but I can now! It’s a short one, so let’s get right into it!
1. What is your favorite Native-authored book?
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse really knocked me on my ass, especially with that ending! I can’t wait for the sequel next year!
2. Which Indigenous book do you find yourself recommending most often?
Black Sun again. I find it hard to describe because it’s about these four separate storylines and how they are converging on this one city on this one holy date. Even the official summary is very vague about the plot, but if you like adult fantasy, this is definitely one that should be on your TBRs.
3. What is a book you’ve picked up because of someone else’s recommendation?
I’ve lost the thread, but last year Bear did a thread of Indigenous book recs. Someone asked for a contemporary romance and they recommended Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson. I read it for the last IndigAThon and enjoyed it!
4. What is the most recent book by a Native author that you have read?
Yesterday I finished the audiobook for Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. I always claimed to hate literary fiction, but this really grabbed me and made me feel for every character.
5. What is the next book you plan on reading by a Native author?
Today I plan on starting my next audiobook of the month, which is also my nonfiction book of the month; The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer.
6. Are there any 2021 releases that you still want to get to?
Does The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough count? It was released this year, but it’s only coming to America next year under the title Ready When You Are. I also recently looked into The Sentence by Louise Erdrich and while I’m hesitant about reading any pandemic-adjacent fiction while we’re still in a pandemic, I’m curious about it.
As always I’m too anxious to tag people outright, so consider yourself tagged!
What’s a book my an Indigenous author that’s on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!