Girl Gone Reading: Must read books by black authors for 2020


February has been an insane month with a lot of personal changes (for the better - and I will dig in soon to fill you in) so I apologize for this list being a little later than it would normally appear. Here, I have gathered just a handful of the MUST READ books for 2020 by black authors.


If you're wondering why this is a separate category from your average best sellers list, it's because it is still true that black authors are not as prominently marketed and featured in the publishing world as white authors. Unless you are specifically looking for 'black authors' too many of these books do not show up on the lists you see every day.


  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Adult Fiction) You can read my review published in early January here: The Water Dancer.

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi. (Young Adult Fiction) The sequel to Children of Blood and Bone My review for both coming soon.

  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broome. (Memoire) Available now

  • These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card. (Adult Fiction) Available March 3

"Author Maisy Card makes her debut with a gripping tale of generational trauma and what happens when it goes unaddressed. Rooted in Jamaica, Card’s novel tells the story of a man who changes his identity and leaves his family behind. Over 35 years later, he reunites with his daughter, who — until this very moment — thought her father was dead. As the two put the pieces together, he’s forced to face the strain he’s placed upon his family, while his daughter’s life is changed forever."

All of these books are (or will be) available from your favorite book sellers! Normally the list would be longer, but I plan to dig into more than a few myself, so as I do, I will post the reviews. I hope you enjoy - let me know if you do!


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