Books by Black Authors On My Bookshelf #BlackHistoryMonth #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge #WOYBS

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.


Spotlight on Black Authors (collage of covers)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

Nonfiction; Memoir

Finding Me by Viola Davis (cover) Image: a close up picture of an African American woman's face

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Fiction; Mystery; Classical Music

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendon Slocomb (cover) Image: back text over a graphic image of a multicolored violin against a yellow background

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

YA Fiction; Social Justice

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (cover) Image: a graphic image of street lights and an African American boy's face from the eyes up all against a red background with white text

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards (coauthor)

Historical Fiction; Civil War

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman (cover) Image: in gold and blue dresses, two women stand back to back looking at the camera

Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day (sequel to Isaiah Dunn is My Hero) by Kelly J. Baptist

MG Contemporary Fiction

Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist (cover) Image: A young African American boy (with blue cape) and girl stand looking at the cameraIsaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly Baptist (cover) Image: the back view of a middle grade boy wearing a blue superhero cape and holding a pencil

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Contemporary Fiction; Romance; Family Drama

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband by

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Contemporary Fiction/Historical Fiction; Family Drama

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest

Contemporary Fiction; Romance

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest (cover) Image: a young black woman and black man talk on a falcony and had hand each other a book

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

Historical Fiction; Family Drama; Little Women Remix

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow (cover) Image: four young women sit/stand posed as a group in a garden

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (reread)

MG Contemporary Fiction; Family Drama; Sports

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (cover) Black text on a yellow background....a young African American boy is running off the page


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.

Whats On Your Bookshelf Challenge

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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  1. 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

  2. I enjoyed four from this list. The Neighbor Favor, The Thread Collectors, Finding Me and Black Cake. Black Cake was especially good

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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