100+ Books Written By Black Women To Add to Your Reading List

Last week I announced that for the remainder of 2019 (and beyond) I’d be more intentional about honing my craft. After all, I earned my MFA in writing almost 10 years ago and have yet to publish anything beyond these blog posts. I remember telling myself that I would be published by the time I was 30, and well, that ship sailed many a year ago. But fear not, I’m back in the saddle as they say, and what sustains me is reading the works of my fellow black women writers. Reading, and reading voraciously is the lifeblood of any would-be writer. Even if you don’t have designs on entering this field, being well-versed in the writings of black women is something we should all strive to achieve. Without further ado, I give you this list of over 100 books written by black women including selections from the following genres: fiction, children’s literature, non-fiction, poetry, cooking, and fashion.

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100+ Books Written By Black Women To Add to Your Reading List

The Bluest Eye



Linden Hills (Contemporary American Fiction Series)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Breath, Eyes, Memory

A Small Place

Sing, Unburied, Sing


We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

The Last Black Unicorn

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

We Should All Be Feminists

Heart and Hustle: Use your passion. Build your brand. Achieve your dreams

The Turner House

Push: A Novel


Milady Standard Natural Hair Care & Braiding

Ghana Must Go: A Novel

If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide To Healthy, Beautiful Natural Hair

Gorilla, My Love


A Raisin in the Sun

Calling My Name


The Hate U Give

American Street

Magical Negro

We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel

Queen Sugar: A Novel

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel for Grown Ups

Brown Girl Dreaming

Careful of the Company You Keep


The Day You Begin

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Color Purple

The Coldest Winter Ever

The Darkest Child

Nappily Ever After: A Novel

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Parking Lot Attendant: A Novel

Addicted: A Novel

Salvage the Bones: A Novel

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Halsey Street

So You Want to Talk About Race

An American Marriage: A Novel

How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

Assata: An Autobiography

How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style



Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets



How to Love a Jamaican: Stories

Whiskey & Ribbons: A Novel

Women, Race, & Class

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (Gender and American Culture)

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America

Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul

What I Know For Sure

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Girl, Just Quit!: Motivation for Female Entrepreneurs and Women Searching for Their Purpose

Princess Hair

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

Dread Nation

The Mothers: A Novel

Akata Witch

Monday’s Not Coming



A Blade So Black

What We Lose: A Novel

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

In Your Hands, by Carole Boston Weatherford, Brian Pinkney

Caribbean Potluck: Modern Recipes from Our Family Kitchen



My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World



Mae Among the Stars



Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present



Step Up, Step Out, and Shine



Dancing in the Wings



Let’s Talk About Love

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now

The Sun Is Also a Star


Astrology for Happiness and Success: From Aries to Pisces, Create the Life You Want–Based on Your Astrological Sign!

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel

Resonate: For Anyone Who Wants To Build An Audience

Own Your Glow

She Would Be King: A Novel

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist


White Teeth: A Novel

Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You: A Cookbook

The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

Hair Like Mine (Kids Like Mine)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened)

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

The Street: A Novel

Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family

The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love

Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable

Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life!

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

Negroland: A Memoir

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers

Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient

That’s all for now! I’ll be adding new titles weekly! Feel free to share some of your fav titles in the comment section.



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