Hello everyone! As many of you know, February is Black History Month, a month for celebrating the African diaspora. During Feburary, I always try to prioritise black authors when picking up books, as do a lot of other people I know. So, I thought I’d do a recommendation post for some of my favourite books by black authors! It’s important to note that you should be reading black authors and other authors of colour (AoC) at every time of the year, not just during BHM, etc. So grab a pen & paper or open your Goodreads and keep an eye out for these books.
Books I Recommend By Black Authors
» Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
I just finished this anthology on my drive home from work and knew I had to include it in this post! Black Enough is a great anthology highlighting the diverse experiences of black teens in America. As with every anthology, some stories were better than others, but this is definitely one I would recommend to everybody!
» My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I read this back in January and thoroughly enjoyed it. As the title explains, we follow Korede, whose sister is a serial killer. Told in short, compelling chapters, Braithwaite draws you in right from the first paragraph and keeps you enthralled the whole time.
» A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
I don’t think the day will come where I ever stop recommending this book. I absolutely love this book and happily call it my favourite romance book of all time. Talia Hibbert writes with such emotion and really knows how to engage her readers. Ruth and Evan’s relationship is sweet, charming and funny. I love Hibbert’s focus on consent & love that this is such a sex and fat positive book. I will forever be recommending this!
» The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book has been the buzz for two years, and for good reason. In THUG, Angie Thomas expertly explores police brutality in the US. While it deals with heavy subject matter, Thomas balances this out with Starr’s voice and a hopeful message about speaking up and using your voice. This book is important, timely and educational, and I think it should be a must-read for any non-black person.
» The Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole
This is a romance series I feel just keeps getting better and better. Also, can we talk about how god damn gorgeous those covers are?! Each story in the Reluctant Royals series follows a different character & their romance. Alyssa Cole writes really great, relatable heroines, such lovable love interests and her plots are engaging. If you’re looking for a fresh, new romance series, look no further!
» Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Now, before you start bristling at this title, let me tell you that this book is a must-read. Conversations around race are so US-centric that some people don’t realise other countries still deal with racism as well. In this book Eddo-Lodge explores the history of structural racism in Britain, including the systems that still support this structure today. This is an important, educational book that I highly recommend people read to have a better understanding of racial issues in the UK.
» Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
This is another recent read of mine and one that completely blew me away. Friday Black is an amazing collection of though provoking stories that all critique racism, capitalism and more. Adjei-Brenyah has a haunting, addictive writing style that engages you from page one. These are the sort of stories that will stick with you & make you think, long past you’ve turned the last page.
» So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
This book is my go-to recommendation for anyone wanting to start educating themselves on race issues. Oluo writes in such an engaging, accessible and informational prose that this is the perfect starting point for racial non-fiction. Oluo expertly explores race relations in the US, focusing on topics ranging from police brutality and the school to prison pipeline, to microaggressions and cultural appropriation. Very highly recommend this one!
» The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Okay so I’ve only just started this today but I can already tell this is going to be a new fave. I’m currently listening to this on audio & Sonya Renee Taylor narrates this herself, making the experience of this book that much richer. Taylor has such an inspiring voice and uses this book to educate you on how to live your best life and how to improve the world. Taylor goes beyond self-acceptance in this book and preaches radical self love. I’m not very far into this book yet, so I can write about this better when I’ve finished, but I can just tell this is one that I will love and be recommending for a long time to come.
Okay, there we have some of my book recommendations for books by black authors! I’ll be writing up a post on some of the books by black authors on my tbr I’m most excited to read later in the month, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested! Tell me about some of the books by black authors you would recommend, or some you’re looking forward to.