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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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