10 books by black authors you need to read this Black History Month

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Some of the best books released this year were written by black authors and not all of them got the recognition they deserve. Whether you’re a fan of vintage stories, wholesome romance, or you just want to immerse yourself in a story that truly embodies the Black experience, there’s a book for you. Black History Month is the perfect time to start reading books by black authors, but they currently publish books throughout the year that are worth reading all the time.

Here are 10 books by young black authors to put on your reading list this Black History Month:

Honey and Spice – Polo Babalola

Polo Babalola is a black British writer from London. Her first book was a series of short stories in 2020 that retold the story of “the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology”. her next book honey and spices Released in 2022 it follows the story of “a young black British woman who has no love interest and unexpectedly finds herself embroiled in a fake affair with the man she has been warning her friends about.”

In July 2022, Honey & Spice was named to the Reese Witherspoon book club and was well deserved.

Payback: Essays oninding Yourself One Piece at a Time – Yewande Biala

In 2022, former Love Island star Yewande Biala released her first book, Reclaiming. ollow Article – Commodity I wrote in The Independent in 2021 about the implications of pronouncing your name wrong, and Yewande saw plenty of conversations that still needed to be had. Each article in the book covers a different topic from struggling with your body image to navigating dating apps without hurting your self-esteem.

Until I Met – Amber Rose Gill

Another Love Island resident who has dipped his toes into the book world is former winner Amber Gill. In July 2022, Amber released her first romance novel Until I Met You. The book follows Samantha, who travels to Tobago alone and meets a man named Roman and as they begin to spend more time together, they realize their friendship lines are beginning to fray.

The Librarian of Memory: And Other Stories about a Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae

In April 2022, singer Janelle Monae teamed up with other content creators to write a collection of tales “with bold vision and powerful themes.” According to Goodreads, “Librarian of Memory serves readers’ tales that are based on human experiences to express identity, technology, and love, but also access to the realms of memory and time within and the dangers and power that are there.”

Love Radio – Ebony Ladelle

YA romance novels are the books we all need in our lives, and Ebony LaDelle’s Love Radio is one of them. When a romantic DJ and an aspiring writer meet, sparks start to fly and Prince has only three dates to try to win over Danny. It is very useful and it goes straight into my basket.

Clap when you land – Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap when You Land is a novel that explores themes of forgiveness, the devastation of loss and a stressful bond, and when two girls lose their father in a plane crash, they are forced to navigate life in a new way.

People Person – Candice Carty Williams

Candice Carty Williams, author of the critically acclaimed Queenie, has released another book that follows Dimple Bennington and her half-brothers who are reunited and forced to reconnect with their absent father and things begin to get complicated.

Open Water – Caleb Nelson’s Greatness

Open Water is a novel about two young black British men who meet in a pub in southeast London. Both got scholarships to private schools and became artists. The two end up in love but can still be “torn apart by fear and violence”.

Cuts Both Ways – Candice Brathwaite

Another YA love story that explores the topic of race, class, and the struggles of growing up as a black British teenager is Cuts Both Ways by Sunday Times bestselling author Candice Brathwaite. The story follows Cynthia as she adjusts to her new life at a private school where she meets Thomas and Isaac. However, things take a turn for the worse when Cynthia realizes that both boys have been keeping secrets dating back to the life she was living in London.

Rapunzel, or Don’t Touch My Hair – Ella McLeod

Rapunzella, OR, Don’t Touch My Hair follows the story of a girl trapped in an enchanted forest made of afro and “the power of the evil King Charming seems unstoppable.” Rapunzel must use her power to change the future.

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