If you haven’t read many books by Black Authors and would like to get started, we give you a list of some of our favorites!

1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

If you loved Black Panther and binge-watched Game of Thrones, then this book is for you. It’s also the first of a trilogy!

This fantasy book draws from African Mythology to create a rich story about a boy that goes missing, and the mercenary hired to find him.
Buy this book and support local bookstores in doing so!

2. Grand Union, by Zadie Smith


The Golden Gate Bridge, coming out of the fog. And a Tesla service car. My first year in America in one picture.
  1. I’m not out of place. I’m an immigrant and I look different. But so does everyone else.
  2. The immigration process was not horrible even during the current political climate. I was able to file all the paperwork myself, without paying any lawyers to do so, and everything went smoothly and as expected. The process times were reasonable and the service excellent. Seriously, I could track my case online like I would an Amazon package being delivered.
  3. I was told there would be seasons. All this talk about how the farther north you went you would find this thing called Summer…


I’m definitely biased, I won’t lie. Guatemala has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Some of the sights I grew up with. There are volcanoes everywhere you look.

Growing up there I might not have appreciated it as I could have. My American husband visited more places in Guatemala in the two years that he lived there than I did in twenty-three. So now, after traveling for a while and living far away, I want to make the most of my trip whenever I go back.

I planned a trip to Petén, in the north side of the country and the heart of the Mayan world. I’m not kidding…


The third book of 2018 was The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Back in 2012, I was working at a bookstore in Guatemala City and Kazuo Ishiguro’s books always caught my eye but for a reason I can’t seem to recall, I never bought and read one, which is a shame because he then went to win the Nobel Prize in 2017 and everybody’s interest in his books piqued, and I have to confess my own interest returned.

I finally picked one of his books, after my lovely sister recommended him to me. I was surprised to find…


In 2011, I preordered a book by a YA author I had heard a lot of, but had never read. Amazon was giving out signed copies and I thought that was cool. The book was The Fault in Our Stars and when it came out in January of 2012 and I finally read it, I fell completely in love with the author and the way he had made a romantic novel not about the romance, a YA book with very serious and “grown up” topics and a heartwarming story which would stay with me for years.

So, when many years…


I watched the movie a couple of years ago, but I knew the book had to be better. Some people had recommended it to me, saying it was a beautiful book full of wisdom.

The premise of a teenager stranded at sea on a lifeboat with no companion other than a tiger is engaging. But there is more to this story than Verne like adventure, it is a very spiritual and philosophical book and poses many great questions about religion, the human condition and our relationship with the world around us.

I immediately fell identified with Pi Patel’s search for…


Hello! I am Andrea. I have been writing for a while about my travels around the world, but I have yet to write about all those beautiful lands I constantly visit through the books I read.

For years I have followed book blogs which inspire me to read more and have helped me find fantastic new reads. I’ve been meaning to do the same, share my own experiences on reading. …


Hello! I am Andrea. I have been writing for a while about my travels around the world, but I have yet to write about all those beautiful lands I constantly visit through the books I read.

For years I have followed book blogs which inspire me to read more and have helped me find fantastic new reads. I’ve been meaning to do the same, share my own experiences on reading. …


I have been away from Medium for a while but I am back with more stories about my travels and now my new city.

With Michael, my now husband, we traveled around Europe and lived on Airbnbs for a year. We are both web developers and we traveled as digital nomads, taking work with us wherever we went.

After getting married in February of 2017, I started the immigration process to come and live in the United States where we decided we would settle for the now. Both working in tech, coming to Silicon Valley seemed like the obvious choice…


We analyzed five cities in North Carolina to try and see if median incomes have been going up or down in the past two decades. Our findings were surprising.

Raleigh, NC

Image from http://www.visitraleigh.com/blog/post/2016/10/24/Things-to-Do-in-Raleigh-N-C-November-2016/9522/

On a two mile radius around Raleigh, median income in 2015 was $38,250, which is higher than the median income in 2010, $36,075. However, this number is still lower from the 2000 median income which was $38,775.

Andrea Dardón Pell

Reader. Writer. Coder. Previously traveled around Europe as a Digital Nomad, now I live in New York City.

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