5 Books by Black authors that I read and loved recently


I’m here to share with you some of my recent favorite books by Black authors. I’m hoping to do this every month where I share with you diverse books to add to your tbr and look out for. I read some really great ones and I’m really hoping you’ll read these books!


Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favorite authors! He wrote Opposite of Always last year and it automatically became one of my favorite reads. This one was no different. I got a review copy two months ago and just loved it so much! His stories always have so much feeling with this touch of sci-fi. Highly recommend you pick this one up.

Release Date: September 22, 2020

33585392 From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today–written as a letter to a friend.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

I read We Should All Be Feminists a while back and absolutely loved it! I couldn’t pass up on another book by the same author. This was very informative and interesting, as well as a pretty quick read. A book I would definitely recommend.


Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

I’ve seen Dear Martin recommended a bunch of times over the years and I finally got the chance to pick it up recently. This is such an important story. Nic Stone unpacked so much in such a little book and spoke about so many experiences. I feel like I don’t have enough words to explain how absolutely important this book is but please do pick this book up.


The first in an immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction—from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Okay, where do I even begin explaining how utterly wonderful this book was? I went into this without realizing how much I would come to love it within the first 50 pages. That’s truly all it took for me to fall in love. This was the most unique story I have ever read. I loved every minute of it! The world building was breathtaking. The story was told from two points of view, Karina and Malik. Two characters who I grew attached to instantly. Karina is sassy and quick witted, while Malik is a soft boy who wants to protect his family no matter what. If you’re looking for a book inspired by West African folklore then this one is so for you. Can’t recommend this book enough!


Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror.

D. W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence, the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth.

Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. When she’s not running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia, she’s fighting monsters she calls “Ku Kluxes.” She’s damn good at it, too. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh–and her own demons. Together with a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets out to save a world from the hate that would consume it.

Damn was this little book something. It was fast paced, intriguing, and equally horrifying. There were magical elements mixed in with some paranormal twists. It’s less than 200 pages but definitely blows your mind.

Release Date: October 13, 2020


Any new favorites?

26 thoughts on “5 Books by Black authors that I read and loved recently

  1. We Should All Be Feminists is one of my favorite non-fictions works ever.
    I can’t wait to read A Song of Wraits and Ruin and Ring Shout!

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  2. I’ve read ASOWAR, but every other book on here looks amazing! I’m excited for Early Departures, I haven’t read anything by Justin A. Reynolds but think this will be a great place to start! Thanks for the recs ♥


  3. I just received my copy of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, cannot wait to pick it up! Also still need to read Dear Martin!



  4. Loved reading this post Noura!! I’ve been super keen on reading Early Departures, Dear Martin and also A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. And ah I really want to try Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s works, as I’ve heard nothing but praise for this author xoxo


  5. such an amazing post, I’m especially excited about Song of Wraiths and Ruin, the cover alone grabbed my heart and refuses to let go ❤

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  6. Very, very sadly, I haven’t read any of the books mentioned, but I’ve had my eyes on Dear Martin for a long while, so it might be time to finally pick it up!! I’m happy to know you’ve enjoyed it ❤

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  7. ah, i’m happy you enjoyed early departures. i think justin a. reynolds is really creative and while i am not the biggest fan of speculative fiction, i enjoyed his writing so much in opposite of always that i am definitely considering picking this one up once it comes out.

    i absolutely adore dear martin and i highly recommend the other books by nic stone if you haven’t read them yet! this first one is amazing and i love all of the discussions and the characters.

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    • I’m so happy to hear that! Early Departures was definitely an amazing read. Loved the writing and although the story wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I loved it.

      Definitely want to read more by Nic Stone! Going to see which books I can get my hands on and read soon.

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