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!
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I absolutely ADORED Blackout (especially on audio – like, SO GOOD) and Love Times Infinity (which is set in my hometown and references so many of my favorite places)! I hope you enjoy these!