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Books by Black Authors // Recommendations

Hello 🙂 I am here today with some recommendations of books written by black authors.

I use the term “recommendations” loosely for the simple fact that the books I’m about to talk about are pretty popular meaning you’ve either probably read them already or have at least heard about them.

Black Life Matters protests are still happening all over the world and even if you can’t be on the front lines marching there’s still so many ways you can help such as:

  • Signing petitions such as those listed HERE 
  • Donating HERE if you’re able.
  • And if you can’t donate you can watch videos where all the ad revenue is donated to various charities and organizations HERE.


Books I’ve read & loved:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is probably one of the most popular books of recent years and for good reason. This story follows Starr who is living between two worlds: the predominantly white prep school she attends and the poor neighbourhood where she lives. In the book Starr witnesses her friend being shot and killed by the police which sets many things in motion and proves for an important and necesarry conversation. If you haven’t read this yet I highly suggest you do now.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama. I loved reading this book so much. Considering the fact that I’m British, living in Spain and have never been to the US I’m weirdly obsessed with their politics so I got a lot out of this. Besides from the political aspects of her time as First Lady reading about her childhood and other life experiences was also very entertaining.
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. I wasn’t totally obsessed with this book, there were certain things I didn’t like but something I loved was the representation: a biromantic asexual character of colour in Alice and her love interest is also a character of colour.
  • With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I read this just a week or two ago and I read it in three hours in the middle of the night. It definitely lived up to the high expectations I had. This follows Emoni who is juggling caring for her two year old daughter, working and school and also her love for cooking.
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds. God this is a throwback to me. I read this so long ago. As you might be able to guess this is novel is all about Miles Morales’ Spider-Man. This was my first introduction to the character which is a crime. (Another crime is the fact that MARVEL gave Miles’ character arc and personality to Tom Hollands Spiderman). I can’t remember plot specifics but I do think this is worth the read and so is the animated movie Into the Spiderverse.
  • Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan. I’ve seen mixed opinions about this book but I thought it was a pretty important read. This book follows best friends and outspoken feminists Chelsea and Jasmine who set up a Womens Rights Club at their school. One of my favourite things about this was that the white character, Chelsea, thinks she knows everything when it comes to being a feminist and all that stuff while also being unintentionally ignorant to Jasmine’s struggle as a plus sized girl of colour. I liked this because it showed growth in the characters and it showed that you’re not born knowing everything, being a feminist or an ally means constant growth and learning and as soon as these things were pointed out to Chelsea she took strides to educate herself.


So there we go those are some “recommendations”, like I said this is a loose term of the word as these are already pretty popular and well known because I’m a follower, I read books based off other peoples recommendations. It’s the circle of a book nerd.

Thank you for reading and stay safe!

Elli xx

3 thoughts on “Books by Black Authors // Recommendations”

  1. The Hate U Give is one of my all-time favourites and is so so powerful. Such important messages.
    I’ve also read With The Fire On High (loved it! Emoni was such a fab character and I love the writing) and am currently reading Becoming (which is so good!!).
    Great post!

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