A Year of Black Authors

I just recently, like May of 2018, got back into reading. I know. I’m in my mid 20’s and I haven’t had the time to pick up a good book and read until now. Just disrespectful to my growth. Anyway, this year, I have dedicated my growth in reading to discovering Black authors. So far, I have gathered a pretty good list of fiction and nonfiction books that I think are amazing. Below you will see the group of books that I have already read up until now, the book I’m currently on, and the books I plan to read within the next 4 months.


  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

  • Backlash by George Yancy

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


  • We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union


  • The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (I know I’m late)

  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  • When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

If you know of any other great books that I should include in my queue, let me know.