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Recommending Books By Black Authors with Black Characters || 20 BOOKS TO READ [CC]


It’s black history month! So here’s a video of me recommending books I love by black authors which feature black characters and black themes. I have 20 recommendations for you to try 😉

This video is part of a series by Em’s Bookish Musings on the black experience:

*Thank you to the author Adriana Herrera who gifted me a copy of American Fairytale for review. And to Bloomsbury for the gifted copy of Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson. All thoughts on the series are my own.

BOOKISH CONTENT MENTIONED IN VIDEO:

Americanah blog review:

Best books of 2019:

End of Year blog post:

January Wrap Up:

The Books:
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Black
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little Green Classic)
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera (book 2 in a series)

Triggers~
(generally, across the grid of the books mentioned in the video, racism)
Kindred: rape, sexual assault, slavery, extreme violence, racism, colourism, misogyny and sexism, whipping, suicidal thoughts, suicide by hanging, murder, malaria, severe illness, miscarriages, kidnapping
Binti: massacre
Children of Blood and Bone: murder, violence, execution
Noughts and Crosses: execution, violence
For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf: suicidal thoughts, racism, discrimmination, misogyny, depression
The Color Purple: sexual assault, rape, physical abuse (by partner), child abduction/kidnapping, colonialism, body mutilation
The Hate U Give: police brutality, racism, violence, gun use, murder, grief
Becoming: cancer, illness, death

As always, closed captions available x

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