Books by Black Authors I Want to Read

Books by Black Authors I Want to Read

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:

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?

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  1. June 2, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    I want to read Dear Martin and Noughts and Crosses. I also want to read more by Jason Reynolds, though I love his book about Miles Morales. From your list, I’ve read With the Fire on High, and I really did like it!! I also recommend Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham and Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper (or really anything by Draper).


    • Louise
      June 11, 2020 / 5:36 pm

      I knew there was a Miles Morales book but I didn’t know it was by Jason Reynolds! I’m not a Marvel fan so that’s likely why I didn’t know šŸ˜…

  2. June 2, 2020 / 2:45 pm

    Oh what a fantastic list, so many of these are on my TBR as well. I’m excited to read You Should See Me In a Crown and With the Fire on High SO much, they sound so amazing! šŸ˜€

    • Louise
      June 11, 2020 / 5:37 pm

      Me too! I definitely can’t wait for You Should See Me in a Crown šŸ˜€

  3. June 3, 2020 / 2:43 am

    I’m going to have to read Noughts and Crosses. It sounds really good. šŸ™‚

    Check out my TTT

    • Louise
      June 11, 2020 / 5:38 pm

      It really does! I’m surprised that I haven’t read it yet.

  4. June 3, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    Children of Smoke and Bone was SO GOOD! With the Fire on High sounds amazing too! I hope you enjoy these when you get to them! šŸ˜€


    • Louise
      June 11, 2020 / 5:41 pm

      I hope so too! I’m excited to get to read them šŸ˜€

  5. June 3, 2020 / 6:59 pm

    So many of these books are on my TBR as well, but I have read a few. Right now I think the three stories I plan on prioritizing are The Opposite of Always, Dear Martin, and You Should See Me In a Crown. I think that those three each have a very different tone, which is good because I’m a mood reader, so I’ll have a book for every mood!

    There are also quite a few non-fiction books about race that I have been seeing around that I really want to pick up! So hopefully I’ll read one or two of those in the next few months as well!

    • Louise
      June 11, 2020 / 5:43 pm

      I’m not a mood reader myself but I like your way of thinking! šŸ˜€

    • Louise
      June 17, 2020 / 1:17 pm

      Sometimes I feel the need for a non-feel-good book šŸ˜…

  6. June 14, 2020 / 5:11 am

    I’ve been told that if the author isn’t Latinx, and there’s magic in the real world, we should call it fabulism, and not magical realism. I’m not sure why this is so, because it seems to me that being colonized by white people – which they say is essential in magical realism – isn’t something that’s exclusive to Latin Americans. That said, I’ve recently been told that Latinx doesn’t mean just people from Latin America. I am SO confused.

    • Louise
      June 17, 2020 / 1:14 pm

      I’ve read that too and it confuses me because people from all over the African diaspora have been affected by colonialism and still are feeling the effects of it now. And then there’s also the fact that there were European writers writing it before it was reclaimed by Latinx people and the term itself came from a German in the 1920s. The whole thing confuses me so much.

  7. June 16, 2020 / 2:58 pm

    I want to read You Should See Me in a Crown and Dear Martin. I really loved With the Fire on High! I’ve also been curious about Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.


    • Louise
      June 17, 2020 / 12:38 pm

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed With the Fire on High! That makes me all the more excited to read it šŸ™‚

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