Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you had a lovely weekend! I really wanted to do a post in honor of Black History Month today, so I decided to make it a celebration of some amazing black female authors I’ve enjoyed reading and their wonderful books.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
American Street is a beautifully written and powerful story about a girl who emigrates from Haiti to America with her mother to start a new life closer to their family. But when her mother’s detained she’s left to navigate her new reality including her loud, American cousins, the gritty street of Detroit and the complete foreignness of American culture alone.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun Is Also a Star is a sweet love story about two very different teens: Natasha believes in science and facts, Daniels believes in fate and love. When a chance meeting on a New York street leads to them spending one memorable day together, they’re both surprised by what happens.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch is a magical story set in Nigeria about a Nigerian girl with albinism, who discovers she has magical powers. Along with her new friends she’s initiated into the Leopard society, a secret world that exists alongside our own – with it’s own culture, traditions and education system.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone is an epic African inspired fantasy novel set in a kingdom where magic’s banned. It follows a girl who lost her mother the night magic disappeared on her quest to bring magic back, with the help of some unlikely allies.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Little & Lion is a coming of age story about a girl who’s back in LA after spending a year at boarding school on the East Coast. But coming home’s not always easy. Her brother was recently diagnosed with Bipolar 2, she’s questioning her sexuality, crushing on a new girl in her friend group and catching feelings for a childhood friend.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is already a modern YA classic about race and racism in America. It follows 16 year old Starr, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of a white police officer and becomes involved in the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath.
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is a hidden gem about three black sisters, a dancer, a weaver and the youngest – a girl with too much South in her. They come of age in Charleston with a single mother and move on to L.A and New York to pursue careers as artists and romantic relationships.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season is set in a post-apocalyptic world where environmental disasters happen at irregular intervals and some people have powers that give them some control over these events. We follow three black female characters with such powers on their journey through a shattered world.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a classic for a reason. It’s a beautiful and lyrical coming of age story about a black woman who grows up in West-Florida, all her complicated love affairs and her journey of self-discovery.
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
A Duke by Default is a sweet and sexy romance novel set in Scotland, about a New York socialite who becomes an apprentice sword-maker. She discovers that her new boss, a gruff Scotsman, is actually a duke and offers to help him navigate the posh world of the aristocracy.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Mothers is a brilliant novel which follows three black teens, two girls and one boy, on their coming of age journey. It explores the friendship and romantic entanglements that develop between them and explores the way the decisions they make as teens still affect their adult lives.
Sula by Toni Morrison
Sula is a powerful classic about two black heroines from a small town in Ohio, who grow up to live very different lives: Nel stays in the small Ohio town, marries and raises a family and Sula goes to college and submerges herself in city life.