This past week or so racism has been the main focus on all media, social media, on the news etc. And while I like to think I’m not racist, I realized I could do more to be an actual anti-racist. One of the things I realized was that I don’t have that much Black authors on my shelves. Today I want to share the Black authors I have on my TBR. I immediately made a wishlist, because you bet the next book I buy will be by a Black author!
While I tried to only include Black authors, I might’ve accidentally included POC authors as well. I decided to risk that so I wouldn’t miss anyone!
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
I’ve had this one for awhile and have been planning on reading it for even longer. There have been a lot of times when I thought about reading it but I kept giving other books priority. Last night I did start reading it. I haven’t gotten far yet but I’m committed to read this book this month.
How It Went Down – Kekla Magoon
A bookseller in an USA bookstore sold me on this one. It might have been the same store I bought The Hate U Give or she saw me looking at it maybe. Anyway, she said this book was very underrated but super good. And I just couldn’t walk out the store without this book haha. This is also a very relevant story so I hope to read it pretty soon after THUG.
The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton
I actually started reading this one a while ago! While I enjoyed the couple of pages I managed to read, I put the book down in favor of something else. I want to make it a priority to read all the books on this list this year and I’m very excited about this one. There are some mixed reviews but most of my reading friends seem to really like this one.
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
First off, the premise for this adult fantasy story sounds amazing. Second, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series and this author. As soon as I’ve finished this series, I can tackle the rest of her book. She came out with a new book, and a first in a new series, that sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to finally read something by this author.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert
Lately I’ve been enjoying contemporary stories more and more. Especially when it’s mostly romance cutesy stuff. So when I saw Get a Life, Chloe Brown on sale on amazon I decided to get the ebook right away. I don’t purchase much ebooks (I usually get the free ones from amazon haha), but I am glad I bought this one. It’s another one with raving reviews (from my bookish friends) and I’m excited to dive in!
Mirage – Somaiya Daud
This was one of the last book I got in a bookbox and I was super excited about it. I did a try a chapter tag a while ago and this was one of the books I used for that tag. The first chapter really drew me in and I wanted to continue right away. Hopefully the rest of the story will keep me hooked once I do actually read it!
Pretty sad list isn’t it? While I own more books by POC authors, most books on my shelves are by white authors. And that is partly because of the white privilege in publishing. But also because I haven’t done the work. Hopefully I can start supporting more Black authors and we can get even more diversity in publishing!