As you probably already know, February is Black History Month. Which is great, because I do think it gets a lot more people to learn more about black history, which is a really important part of history in general. Really, though, I think we should be exploring black history all year, not just one month. The history many of us learn in school could be so much more diverse – I have a history degree, so I can tell you firsthand it wasn’t the most diverse education. And so can our reading.

This year, I set myself a challenge of reading more authors of color – you should definitely think about joining in however works for you – so I want to read more books written by diverse authors all year. And that includes black authors. So, instead of giving recommendations or talking about my TBR, I decided to share some of the books written by black authors being released in 2020 that I am really looking forward to. Hopefully you find a few that interest you so that we can both read more black authors in 2020.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

This is probably one of my top five most anticipated 2020 releases. And there are A LOT of books coming out this year I’m already freaking out about. I loved Gyasi’s debut, Homegoing, so much. I read it over a year ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it. So I cannot wait for more of Gyasi’s beautiful writing.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater is one of the strangest and most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s been two years, and it still hasn’t left my head. This one sounds just as weird and wonderful, and I’m excited (and a little scared) to read it.

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abe Daré

Okay, technically this has already been released. But I chose it as my Book of the Month for February, and I am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in the mail. The synopsis just gave my warm and fuzzy feelings, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

I have not yet read Behold the Dreamers – it’s on my list – but this book looks so good. It will probably make me cry. But in a good way (I hope).

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Atakora is a debut author, but this book sounds brilliant. It centers around black women living in the south before and after the Civil War, which is definitely something I’m interested in after reading – and loving – Octavia Butler’s Kindred.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This is about a set of twins who grow up and choose very different lives: one black, one white. This sounds so intriguing and I feel like I need to read it.

Bonus (because I already read it, and loved it): Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.


All books above are linked to Goodreads so you can read more about them – and add them to your TBR!

I hope you enjoyed this post! It was fun to do a little something different for Black History Month. I think we can all make an effort to read more black authors all year – not just for black history month.

Are there any 2020 releases by black authors you’re looking forward to this year?

Check out my post from last year: Black History Books to Read for Black History Month!

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