Books by Black Authors // My TBR

All I’ve done today is eat. Tacos for lunch (I had 2 but I could have eaten 10), fro-yo to celebrate seeing my friend for the first time since lockdown, tuna pasta salad, now a prepacked box of Cesar salad and now I’m planning a grilled cheese for midnight snack. What is happening! I’ve never eaten this much in my life. I literally ate half a sandwich yesterday and was fine!?!?!

I blame the tequila rose and caramel vodka shots I had last night. (I may be slightly hungover)

Anyways now that I’m fuelled up on literally all the food I am ready to talk about books I want to read!

Last week I “recommended” some books by black authors that I’ve already read and loved, in that post I linked various ways you can contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement so you can read that HERE, and today I’m going to talk about books by black authors on my TBR.

  • Slay by Brittney Morris. This book is all about a teenage girl who I believe creates a popular online game. When someone is murdered over an in game dispute the game is labelled as “a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals”. This seems like it’s going to be really interesting and I actually have this on my Kindle and hope to get to it next month.
  • The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. All I know about this is that I saw the tag line “Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?” and really that’s all I needed to hear before adding it to my TBR. This cover is gorgeous AND it’s got LGBT+ representation so I’m really excited for this one.
  • The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert. I’ve really been loving YA books with political themes and discussions lately and this seems right up my ally. It follows Marva who is excited about voting in her first election and when she sees Duke being turned away at the polling station she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. I believe this takes place over one day which seems cool. This comes out July 7th.
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds. I am actually buying this as a “well done for surviving school” present to myself. This is a love story with time travel. That’s all I know. That’s all I want to know.
  • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest. This cover is so pretty and the plot sounds really cool too. Basically this follows up and coming Hollywood star Evie who is then betrayed and ends up being blacklisted. Her plan to get back in the big leagues revolves around her eccentric grandmother who 2 days before a big event goes missing thereby prompting Evie to team up with Milo, a cute musician, to find her. This comes out on August 25th and I’ll definitly be reading it.
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon. I would own this by now but I’m a high school student on a budget so I’m waiting for the paperback. I’m stingy, I know but the paperback comes out this summer so I don’t have to wait long. This is about African slave women who were thrown overboard and created a race of mermaids. That’s all I really know about this, I think it follows a historian character but I’m not sure. I think this is going to prove a very educational and emotional read.
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I actually know next to nothing about this book but I’ve had it on my TBR since last year. It’s been compared to City of Bones in terms of magic and demons which is all I really need to know. I feel like I’m lacking in new urban fantasy/paranormal reads so I am sooo excited for this which comes out September 15th.


So those are 6 books I really want to read. Hopefully by this time next year I’ll be back to reccommend them instead of just talking about reading them.

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought. Thanks for reading and stay safe 🙂

Elli xx

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