Support Black Authors: Book Recommendations

I wanted to support the #blacklivesmatter movement, particularly in light of the recent tragic murder of George Floyd. So below is a list of all the books by black authors that I have read and reviewed since starting this blog, to give you a starting point when seeking to diversify your reading. Read, educate, support.

Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo Book Cover Image
Review
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Book Cover Image
Review
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin Book Cover Image
Review

 

Zami by Audre Lorde Book Cover Image
Review

 

 

The History of Mary Prince Book Cover Image
Review
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Cover
Review

Read (pre-blog) and recommend:

These are books by black authors that I read before starting this blog, so they are lacking reviews but all come highly recommended:

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Noughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

TBR:

I am aware that I still have a great deal of work to do before my reading is fully representative of different perspectives. The following books by black authors are on my TBR list and I would be extremely grateful for any other recommendations you have:

Fiction

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Non-Fiction

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené 

Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi 

Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

I know that intention by itself is useless, so I will be starting to work my way through this list ASAP – keep an eye out for the reviews.


Have you read any of these books? Do you have recommendations for books by black authors that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you! And take care of each other X x x

12 thoughts on “Support Black Authors: Book Recommendations

  1. Great list, I loved Noughts & Crosses when I read it but it was years ago and it’s definitely due a reread at some point. And I seriously hope to check out My Sister The Serial Killer soon. I hope you end up enjoying all of the ones still on your TBR ☺️

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  2. Thank you for your list! I’ve already ordered a few and they’re on the way so it’s good to see their recommendations reinforced. Will definitely have a look of the fiction ones on here!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Kitty! I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is very moving isn’t it. And I really really do recommend Girl, Woman, Other – I think it’s the best book that I’ve read so far this year! I’d love to hear what you think when you get around to reading it X x x

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