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.
We’d love to hear about the books you’re reading for #readingblackout. Tell us about them in the comments!
Roxane Gay is one of the most powerful voices of our times and her memoir Hunger was one of our favorite books of 2017. In it, she describes her relationship to her body with keen insight and fearless honesty.
Prepare to be spellbound by this thrilling sci-fi novella by Nnedi Okorafor, the first in the Binti series.
National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward stuns with this memoir of loss, poverty, and racism.
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.
Janet Mock does not hold back in her memoir about growing up transgender in America.
Angie Thomas’ young adult novel was one of the most talked-about books of 2017. Read up and join the conversation.
We recommend getting your hands on this essay collection (and out of Phoebe Robinson’s hair).
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.
Playwright and novelist Penny Mickelbury’s debut mystery novel introduces a beloved character, Lieutenant Gianna Maglione.
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?
In this astonishing book for young readers, Andrea Davis Pinkney poignantly examines how violence affects children in one Sudanese village.
Readers will sing the praises of Maya Angelou’s powerful classic memoir.