BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. This February, in honor of Black History Month, readers are participating in #readingblackout, a movement started by BookTuber Denise D. Cooper that encourages readers to exclusively pick up books by black authors. The Bookish team couldn’t resist joining in, and since we can’t get enough of books written by talented women, we put together a recommendation list featuring 28 books (one for each day of February) written by black women. You’re sure to find a few familiar covers on this list, but we hope you also find some new reads for your TBR pile.
The Cutting Season
In The Cutting Season, a thriller set on a historic southern plantation, Attica Locke goes back in time to illuminate the present.
An Extraordinary Union
Go undercover with a Union Army spy in Alyssa Cole’s espionage romance set during the Civil War. We recommend this for your book club, or as a solo read.
Prepare to be spellbound by this thrilling sci-fi novella by Nnedi Okorafor, the first in the Binti series.
Men We Reaped
National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward stuns with this memoir of loss, poverty, and racism.
Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson’s verse memoir won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2014, and it still shines today as one of the most gorgeous books we’ve ever read.
The Wedding Date
Jasmine Guillory’s romance is a must-read, especially if your Valentine’s Day plans include curling up with a good book.
Janet Mock does not hold back in her memoir about growing up transgender in America.
Beverly Jenkins’ Old West series is not to be missed. We highly recommend reading them all, starting with Forbidden.
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas’ young adult novel was one of the most talked-about books of 2017. Read up and join the conversation.
Be dazzled by Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth, which exploded onto the lit scene in 2001.
You Can't Touch My Hair
We recommend getting your hands on this essay collection (and out of Phoebe Robinson’s hair).
The Color Purple
Don’t let Alice Walker’s most famous novel remain on your TBR pile. If you have never read this classic, now is the perfect time.
Inspired by a true crime, Tiffany D. Jackson’s young adult novel will keep you hooked until the very last page.
Land of Shadows
Rachel Howzell Hall has received much praise for her crime fiction, including for the first book in her Detective Elouise Norton series, Land of Shadows.
Playwright and novelist Penny Mickelbury’s debut mystery novel introduces a beloved character, Lieutenant Gianna Maglione.
The Fifth Season
Get hooked on N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo-award winning sci-fi series, which kicks off with the The Fifth Season.
Tracey Baptiste will give you goosebumps and have you checking over your shoulder with this book for young readers based on the Haitian folktale “The Magic Orange Tree.”
Being a teenager can certainly feel chaotic at times. In her YA novel, Nalo Hopkinson creates a chaos that is real and threatening to obliterate the entire world of protagonist, Scotch.
Readers looking to be swept up in a romantic tale about a couple given a second chance at love will devour Tee Franklin’s comic.
Octavia Butler’s Kindred, a 1979 novel about time-travel and slavery, remains a popular favorite today. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks is a must-read collection of poetry by the acclaimed and beloved poet, author, and teacher.
Love is the Drug
Alaya Dawn Johnson builds a near-future world threatened by a global flu pandemic in her YA novel Love is the Drug. One part conspiracy novel and one part sci-fi, this book will keep you turning pages
The Red Pencil
In this astonishing book for young readers, Andrea Davis Pinkney poignantly examines how violence affects children in one Sudanese village.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Readers will sing the praises of Maya Angelou’s powerful classic memoir.
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