Books by Black Authors On My Bookshelf
For #BlackHistoryMonth I’m shining a spotlight on ten books by Black authors that I have read in 2022/2023.
How often do you pick up a book by a Black author?
Do you have a favorite or most memorable book by a Black author?
***Titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my reviews.
(In no particular order)
Finding Me by Viola Davis
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Fiction; Mystery; Classical Music
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
YA Fiction; Social Justice
The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards (coauthor)
Historical Fiction; Civil War
Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day (sequel to Isaiah Dunn is My Hero) by Kelly J. Baptist
MG Contemporary Fiction
Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Contemporary Fiction; Romance; Family Drama
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Contemporary Fiction/Historical Fiction; Family Drama
The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest
Contemporary Fiction; Romance
So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow
Historical Fiction; Family Drama; Little Women Remix
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (reread)
MG Contemporary Fiction; Family Drama; Sports
What is one book you’ve read by a Black author in 2022 or 2023?
Have you read a book by one of these ten authors?
I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and Sue @ Women Living Well After 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways…. for the February installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge.
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I loved Yinka and The Violin Conspiracy. I also really liked My Other Half by Brit Bennett
I’ve read Brit Bennet but I read her before 2022 which was my cutoff point for this post. The Mothers is my fav by her.
Hi Carol, I don’t specifically seek out books by Black Authors although I notice Goodreads publishes a list regularly. Thanks for highlighting some interesting books, especially ‘Finding Me’ by Viola Davis. As always it is lovely that you have joined us for our #WOYBS link up and I look forward to you joining us next month. x
Finding Me is memorable and inspiring!
I haven’t read any of these but The Neighbor Favor sounds like fun… Thanks for linking up.
Neighbor Favor is light and fun read!
I enjoyed four from this list. The Neighbor Favor, The Thread Collectors, Finding Me and Black Cake. Black Cake was especially good
Black Cake is a memorable read! 🙌
Hi Carol, first up thanks for joining us for #WOYBS, you are a prolific reader and reviewer and I always enjoy your posts. I’ve not read any of these books but they all sound very interesting. Finding Me sounds really good.
It’s always my pleasure to join your lovely group of bloggers!
Finding Me is memorable and inspiring! 🙌
Black Cake is just brilliant!
Such a memorable read! 🙌
Hi, Carol – Thank you for joining us at What’s On Your Bookshelf. I have had the Viola Davies book on hold at our library for quite some time (our library waiting lists can be incredibly long).
I haven’t yet read any of the books that you have highlighted above. From my relatively recent readings, I highly recommend The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (Deesha Philyaw), My Mother’s Daughter (Perdita Felicien) and The Vanishing Half (Brit Bennett – who you have mentioned).
It’s always a pleasure to link up with you! I do like Britt Bennet! But I read her before 2022. Finding Me is amazing…but her early years are difficult reading. I hope you enjoy it!
I haven’t read any of these, but I don’t know sometimes if the authors I’ve read have been black or not.
I read Andrea Levy’s Small Island many years ago and loved that, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis also very good and one I particularly liked by a man called Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Thanks for the recs! 🙌
Posted before I finished… Actually Adaobi Nwaubani obviously a woman! Called I Do Not Come To You By Chance, absolutely brilliant ..told from the scammers point of view.
Thanks for sharing!
I have read 3 of these and loved them. I read The Personal Librarian this week (disappointed that I only read one of the books I had planned for Black History month) and really enjoyed it. I hope to post my review later today. I still have Black Cake on my TBR.
Black Cake is compelling if you like family drama!
I definitely do!