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READING CHALLENGE: 20 Books by Black Women

Last year, Melanated Reader on IG started this challenge which basically is just an encouragement to read 20 books by Black women throughout the year. She is doing 20 books by Black Folx in 2023 if you want to participate! 

I also tried to read books from 20 different Black women so there are a few bonus ones at the end. These are listed in the order I read them. 

Also this is delayed because the Harper Collins Union was on strike for over 60 days for a fair contract. Many of the books in this post are Harper Collins titles so I didn’t want to share this until they had negotiated a fair contract. Thankfully they finally have a new contract so I am finally sharing this. 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity by Jill Louise Busby 

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar 

For Vacation Only by Mila Nicks

One True Loves by Elise Bryant 

Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

Blackout by Collected Authors

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert 

The Love Connection by Denise Williams

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw 

White Negros by Lauren Michele Jackson

My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid*

*Stacey Reid is a Black author, but many of her books follow white characters 

Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Meet Claudie by Brit Bennett 

Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke

Fake it Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley 

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama


Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Tree 

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