Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Books I Love By Black Authors

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s prompt is a Valentine’s Day/Love Freebie, but you know that I like to do my own thing. Plus, I definitely think that Valentine’s day is already such an overrated “holiday.”

So instead, I wanted to call attention to the other, often overlooked focus of February – Black History Month. For today’s post, I’m going to highlight ten (okay, eleven) books by Black authors that feature main characters who are Black that I loved. In no particular order, here is my list:

  1. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
  2. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole 
  3. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 
  4. Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
  5. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  6. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  7. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
  8. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  9. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  10. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

What are some other great books written by Black authors about Black characters that you’ve read? Drop some suggestions below!

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  1. I was wondering how many people were going to use the freebie week to tie in with Black History Month — great choice. I’m planning to read You Should See Me In A Crown later this spring, a little closer to prom season. It just looks so cute.

    A few of my top recs: Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mathers; When The Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright; Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe

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    • Thank you! I was surprised and a little disappointed to see that there wasn’t a prompt focused on Black History Month, so I just went off script and made my own 😉 You Should See Me in a Crown is incredibly cute, perfect to read in spring (or any other season, tbh). I’ll have to check out your suggestions, thanks!


  2. Great choice of topic! I have The Fire on High and The Black Kids on my TBR. I did start a listen of You Should See Me in a Crown on audio but I didn’t click with the narrator so I need to get myself a copy of that.

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    • I read all of these as books or ebooks (with the exception of When No One is Watching), but give You Should See Me in a Crown a try again as a book or ebook, it’s absolutely worth it!


  3. Love this! I’m currently reading The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin- it’s my first time reading her work and she’s an amazing SFF author! Other Black authors I’ve read and loved include Micaiah Johnson- The Space Between Worlds is an amazing sci-fi debut and it’s a very well written standalone! I’ve also been reading Toni Morrison’s work this year with a Bookstagram readalong and it has been incredible to read and discuss with a virtual group. With the Fire on High is a book I just finished and it’s a definite favorite- Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing is beautiful. So many of these are on my TBR too- When No One is Watching in particular!

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    • Thank you! I’ve got some of N.K. Jemison’s stuff on my TBR, I read The City We Became last year, and Toni Morrison is always a great choice! Elizabeth Acevedo is golden – everything she has written is amazing.


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