Black History Month might be coming to an end next week, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep learning those important history lessons that weren’t taught in school or supporting Black creators.
Did you know that in the U.S., roughly 6% of books are written by Black authors? This summer, I’ll be joining the small percentage of Black authors in the industry when my lifestyle guide comes out — I hope to fill you in with more details about my book as soon as I get the green light from my publisher.
In the meantime, I’ve spent most of the past couple of years reading a variety of titles from Black authors, and so I wanted to share some of my favorite books that you can enjoy during Black History Month and beyond.
4 Books by Black Authors on Amazon
Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades is a great YA title that felt like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Get Out. I cannot believe how young the author is: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is exceptionally talented and wrote her debut novel as a college student. I can’t wait to see more work from her. And I also think she’s an author to watch.
The Vanishing Half
I also love how this book tackled the issues of race, bigotry, and belonging, as these sisters ultimately rejected their upbringing and went off to carve their own identities. As an adult, it makes you think: what happens when you move on from your hometown to reinvent yourself? And how will those choices trickle down within your family?
In all seriousness, if for some reason you haven’t read Becoming yet, it’s a must-read. It’s a beautiful, honest, and humbling story of the First Lady that’s sure to inspire you when you need it the most. Michelle Obama has had an extraordinary life and is also incredibly brilliant. But I love how this memoir makes her seem more down-to-earth and relatable. I don’t listen to too many audiobooks, but after reading Mrs. Obama’s memoir, I had to turn around and listen to it again on Audible (it is completely worth it — something about her voice is just so comforting!)
The Hate U Give
This book follows a Black teen who is caught between two worlds: her elitist prep school and the low-income neighborhood she resides in. Starr witnesses the death of one of her best friends at the hands of the police and is caught in the aftermath. I struggled mentally during the George Floyd protests, and I cried while reading this (and have re-read it a few times). It’s an excellent, gut-wrenching story that is a must-read.
What about you? Which are your favorite books by Black authors? Let me know in the comments below!
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