Must Reads by Black Authors

70 must reads by black authors

I haven’t read most of these books from the above linked article, but I have gotten through quite a few. The ones that I have read have been wonderful. I hope to get through some of the rest at some point soon.

Fiction

1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty

2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

3. Beloved by Toni Morrison

4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

6. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

9. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

10. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

11. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

12. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

13. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

14. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

15. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

16. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

17. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

18. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

19. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

20. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

21. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

22. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

23. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

24. Lot by Bryan Washington

25. Erasure by Percival Everett

26. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

27. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

28. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

29. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

30. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

31. It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

32. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

33. Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories

34. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

35. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

36. Deacon King Kong by James McBride

37. Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie

38. Hold by Michael Donkor

39. Bone Readers by Jacob Ross

40. Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton

41. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

42. Small Island by Andrea Levy

43. Loving Day by Mat Johnson

44. We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

45. That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu

46. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

YA

47. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

48. Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

49. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

50. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

51. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

52. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

53. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu

54. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Poetry

55. Citizen by Claudia Rankine

56. Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi

57. A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson

58. The Collected Poems by Langston Hughes

59. Surge by Jay Bernard

60. The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus

61. The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay

Nonfiction

62. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

63. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

64. Becoming by Michelle Obama

65. Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

66. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

67. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

68. Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

69. Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

70. Hunger by Roxane Gay

Black history month

I figured that since I haven’t done a lot for black history month this year, I should at least mention it. We are already almost through the month.

I was limited this year because not as much is available from the library. I usually check out a few dozen books and go for it. I’ve been sticking with longer books and books that are available on Kindle and audiobook.

I hope to pick it up again next year. I did a few movies, but I’m slow at writing them up. February isn’t long enough.

Contemporary Writing by Black Authors

Contemporary writing by black authors

Here is a great list of books by black authors, as discussed in the above linked article. I have read many of them, and they are great books. Period. Some others are on my TBR list. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these books that I’ve picked up.

HOMEGOING

SING, UNBURIED, SING: A NOVEL

WASHINGTON BLACK

AMERICANAH

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

THE WATER DANCER

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

THE NICKEL BOYS: A NOVEL

RED AT THE BONE: A NOVEL

THE VANISHING HALF: A NOVEL

WHITE TEETH: A NOVEL

DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

The Watermelon Woman

This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.

The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.

I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.

Jackie Robinson:A Lion in Winter

Jackie Robinson: A Lion in Winter

These aren’t my words, but the film and the post are worth sharing. Jon Leonoudakis is sharing this along with his friend, Ron Rapaport, who interviewed Jackie Robinson toward the end of his life. The above short video is worth watching. Below is the post from Facebook, announcing that viewing will be free for the rest of the month of February, 2021.

“HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MY SHORT FILM, “JACKIE ROBINSON: A LION IN WINTER.”

For the rest of the month, I’m presenting free access to my 2017 film about Jackie Robinson near the end of his life in a story told by my good friend, writer/journalist Ron Rapoport, who initially wrote this story for the Los Angeles Times in 1972.

The film runs 9 minutes and shares a poignant and insightful story about an American pioneer and warrior for social justice.”

Lovecraft Country

A while ago, I read Lovecraft Country for bookclub. I was excited to hear that there would be a series coming out that was based on the book.

I got a hold of a login for HBO Max and I started watching it. (Thank you, you know who you are) It’s rather intense in some parts, but the story is great.

Inky seems interested in it, too. It’s been a while since we read the book, so it was nice to have a refresher.

Black girl magic fantasy

Black girl magic fantasy books

Here’s a list of fantasy books that bring Black Girl Magic to life. The above linked article gives more detail.

1. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson:

2. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora:

3. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor:

4. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn:

5. A Blade So Black by L.L. Kinney:

6. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older:

7. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton:

8. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron:

9. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler:

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

1. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson:The Year Of The Witching Book Cover