You probably know that around here we love to help you find your next read, and one of our favorite ways to do that is by curating great book lists for you almost every week. Sometimes I share lists built around topics that have been on my mind, or books I’ve been reading lately. Sometimes I put together lists based on reader requests; sometimes our content is driven by my team members.
Today’s post is a combination of all three, and features Black-authored newer releases that I’ve read and loved this spring. You’ve seen some of these books on the blog before—in the Summer Reading Guide, in book list posts, as podcast recommendations and the focus of bonus episodes. It’s not unusual for us to feature the same title multiple times through different lenses—in fact, we try hard to do just that.
Our lens today is this: these books are all by Black authors, and they hold three additional, specific things in common. While they span many different genres and settings, they all share a heartfelt tone. While hard things happen in these books, they have a great sense of humor. And their endings are exuberant perfection.
Two titles (The Poet X and Bingo Love) are several years old; the rest are 2020 releases. I listened to four of these on audio; they were excellent in that format. This list skews female; please pile on the recommendations in the comments section, from authors of all genders.
I hope you find a good book (or six) for your TBR here today. Happy reading!
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10 new joyous novels by Black authors to enjoy
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