Awesome Books by Black Authors

How many books by Black Authors have you read? First off, we should say that this isn’t an anti-racist book list. However, it is no secret that many bodies of work by black authors go unnoticed many a time.

To this end, we have put together a list of awesome books by Black Authors you should add to your reading list. Continue reading to find out.

Awesome Books by Black Authors

The world will find it a lot easier to relate to and understand the struggles of triumphs of the Black race through books by black authors. In this section, we will share some of these awesome books by black authors that you should consider reading.

Finding Me – Viola Davis

Viola Davis is no stranger to our screens, but she takes us on an unbelievable journey in this book, Finding Me. She revisits her childhood as well as the pain that she felt through this period. This book presents you with a plethora of life lessons from the life of the EGOT winner. 

Somebody’s Daughter – Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford beams light on her upbringing in this awesome memoir. She talks about growing up in Indiana as a poor black girl who had to deal with the negative effects of incarceration on her family. Her world is completely turned upside down once she finds out the truth behind her father’s prison sentence.

You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty – Akwaeke Emezi

This is an original novel that talks about friendship, love, and grief. It resonates with the experiences of most people these days. Feyi’s BFF, Joy, five years after the loss of the love of her life, seeks to find love again. However, as she does, Feyi gets far more than she ever bargained for. You can bet on this novel to keep you warmed up regardless of the weather.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

This memoir utilizes a creative and healthy mix of language, lyrical prose, and imagery. It is no secret that Maya Angelou’s writing is nothing short of captivating. When you read this book, you will be stunned by how environment and culture influence this memoir in the most unbelievable manner. Would you like to know about the experiences of a black girl who was growing up in the South in the late 1950s? This book reveals everything you know, taking you on an unbelievable journey.

Other Awesome Books Written by Black Authors

Here are a few other awesome books written by Black authors you should consider reading:

  • Stories - Smith, Zadie
  • More Than Enough - Welteroth, Elaine
  • Red at the Bone - Woodson, Jacqueline
  • Such A Fun Age - Reid, Kiley
  • Queenie - Carty-Williams, Candice
  • Children of Blood and Bone - Adeyemi, Tomi
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Hate U Give - Thomas, Angie
  • The Water Dancer - Coates, Ta-Nehisi
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Beloved - Morrison, Toni
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain - Baldwin, James
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf - - James, Marlon
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Angelou, Maya
  • Between the World and Me - Coates, Ta-Nehisi
  • Invisible Man - Ellison, Ralph
  • We Should All Be Feminists - Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
  • A Raisin in the Sun - Hansberry, Lorraine
  • The Color Purple - Walker, Alice
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing - Ward, Jesmyn
  • Hunger - Gay, Roxane


That’s it for our list of awesome books by Black authors you should add to your reading list. Would you like to suggest any? Kindly share them in the comments section below. Meanwhile, you should check Natty Nurses for other articles to facilitate your growth as a nurse.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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