four black written novels that I've read and loved

4 Jun 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement is more alive today than ever and with so much focus being turned on supporting black-owned businesses and black creators I thought I would share a few of my favourite fictional books written by black authors.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

You've probably heard about this one but this is a great book about a girl Starr who witnesses her friend being shot and killed by a police officer and the aftermath that unfolds in its wake along with her struggles as a black girl in an all-white school. This book was very quickly turned into a movie highlighting its importance. It's Young Adult fiction but even if you're passed your YA years this is still such a great and important read for everybody, especially in our current climate.

Opposite of Always

By Justin A. Reynolds

You know the way people have a type when it comes to people that they date? Well I have a type when it comes to characters that I love, one of them being Jack King. Oh BOYYYY did I love Jack King! Jack meets Kate at a party and immediately falls in love but when Kate dies, he's thrust into a time loop in order to save her. This book is just happy and I love me a happy book. Don't get me wrong there are sad parts too but on the whole, it's just so so wholesome and it's a must-read for you fellow happy book lovers out there (it also talks about gene editing so the science grad in me was thriving).

Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi

This one takes a look at racism from fantasy approach. Orisha used to have magic but it was driven out by an evil and ruthless king. Zelie has magic though and she doesn't know what to do with it when she ends up on the run with an escaped princess while being tracked down by the crown prince (who is yet again one of my favourite characters) who is hellbent on destroying magic for good but harbours some secrets of his own! The sequel is out now as well and I can't wait to read it!

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid

This is my most recent read and it's been sitting on my shelf forever. I've not finished it yet so I can't give you an immense amount of feedback. But it looks at class and race from the perspective of two women. Alix a white feminist blogger and her babysitter Emira, who is black and just got accused of kidnapping Alix's child. The story follows the aftermath as Alix tries to make it up to Emira and chaos ensues.

Have you read any of these books? If so what were your thoughts? More of my book recs and reviews are on my Goodreads account so feel free to check it if you feel so inclined! I'm also open to any requests you may have for me because I'm constantly looking for new books to read even with my constant growing TBR pile!

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