My Favorite Books by Black Authors

June 19, 2020

It is not enough to dislike racism, you need to work towards antiracism. As I mentioned in my last blog post about the Black Lives Matter movement, this phrase really resonated with me. As a white individual, I and other non people of color need to use our privilege to amplify the voices of the Black community. 

I strongly feel that raising awareness and encouraging education is essential to enacting change. While of course simply acquiring knowledge will never cause change itself, I feel that it provides the foundation upon which to gain the support and momentum needed for taking action. 

This post highlights eight of my favorite books written by Black authors. These are novels that I have read both on my own and in school that have profoundly shaped my perceptions, inspired me to continue to educate myself on issues of social, racial, and gender injustice, and also have simply blown me away by their authentic and beautifully crafted stories. I really hope you read at least one of these incredible books, and please leave any of your own favorites and suggestions in the comments.

2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama (aka my absolute idol) 


  1. These sound like great reads! I've been looking for recommendations like these, thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing your favorite books! I really enjoyed Michelle's Becoming and Things Fall Apart is such a classic :)