One thing that I really want to do is read more books by black authors because the amount of books I have read by black authors right now is terribly low. I did study some of Alice Walker’s short stories while at university but now I feel like that’s not enough.
We should always make sure that we amplify black voices, but now we need to do it more than ever and support black authors.
This post is only comprised of books that I want to read and haven’t read yet, but here are some videos and posts by black bloggers and BookTubers who give better recommendations than I could ever give:
- Recommending Books by Black Authors with Black Characters – Olivia’s Catastrophe
- YA by Black Authors | Black History Month Recommendations – LucieReads
- 5 Classic Novels by Black Women You Should Have Read by Now – Black & Bookish
- 30 Best Black Young Adult (YA) Novels to Add to Your TBR in 2020 – Afoma Umesi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I have had this book on my TBR ever since it came out but for some reason, it kept getting pushed back further and further. My summer TBR is already set in stone but I do still have autumn and winter to read this one, and I’m always excited for fantasy books that are inspired by non-European cultures
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The YA dystopian boom has long passed, but this book is an absolute classic of British YA. Even though it is an older book, it’s still one that is relevant because of how Malorie Blackman tackles the issue of racism. This book is so constantly relevant that it was made into a TV series on BBC One last year. Not CBBC, on BBC One during prime time. That’s how powerful this book is. So I definitely need to read it now.
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
While black stories that talk about racism are very important, I also really want to see happy stories that feature black characters. This may not be the happiest book because the death of a character is a central part of the story, I feel like this book still has a feel-good factor and I want to see that myself.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I skipped out on Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel, The Poet X, because I’m not a fan of verse novels (although my library does have it so I may try it someday), but I am very interested in this novel from her. I think the main thing that interests me is the fact that the main character is black Latina and also dealing with being a young mother while in school. Plus, there’s food.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I know that I said I wanted to read happy black books, but we can’t ignore books that talk about serious issues that black people face in the real world. I like how this book discusses whether Dr King’s teachings still hold up today, which I think is important since so many white people love to throw out Dr King’s quotes without much context to what he was teaching.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
This year for Pride Month I made the decision to have a TBR of entirely F/F books and I’m prioritising authors of colour, I may have to have a shuffle around to include more black authors because I currently don’t have any books by black authors. I like how as well as being LGBT+ this book also talks about mental health.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
I have this book on my TBR for this month and I am so excited to get to it! IIRC, this book came out today and I’m a little bummed that it’s not available on Kindle, but I’m always happy to support #ownvoices authors by buying physical copies.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
I’m not exactly sure of how to classify this novel because Goodreads is telling me this is magical realism, but I have read recently that magical realism is exclusively Latinx so I’m not sure of what to call this one. But, Toni Morrison is an author who I have been meaning to read for a long time even though I’m not usually that bothered about making my way through “books you must read before you die” lists. I do want to read this book mainly to experience Toni Morrison’s writing style, which I’ve heard is very unique.
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
One thing that I have said for a long time is that I wish there were more vampire books by POC authors that feature POC vampires because I refuse to believe that every single vampire in the world would be white. It’s entirely my own fault for not finding those books because they do exist and I just haven’t dug deep enough for them. Although it shouldn’t take me that much digging because Octavia E. Butler is so well-regarded. I will definitely read this book in October because right now my October TBR is looking way too white.
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What books by black authors are on your TBR? Which books would you recommend to everyone?