I know it’s been a minute (okay, way more than a minute) but life in this new “normal” (could it even really be considered that?) has been odd to say the least. Balancing virtual work sessions, additional screen time that has been killing my eyes not so softly, mental health, trips to the fridge that disappoint because I can’t make things appear with my mind and naps has been draining, to say the very least! So to jump back in, I’m going to post a list of books coming out the rest of this year (and a few next year) by Black Authors that you should DEFINITELY pre-order! I’m pretty sure that I’ve said this in the past in some way, shape or form (especially if you follow me on Social media) but Black Authors need to be amplified…not just during Black History Month & not just when there is racial injustice (which is really, all the time) posted by the media but ALL-AH-DA-TYME! Black Stories are AMAZING and deserve the attention of all the eyes, ears and hands they can reach!

I’m also listing some books that came out that you should get after the 2020/2021 releases as well as a graphic of Black Own Bookstores you can support!

  • June 2020
    • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (6/16)
  • July 2020
    • The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (7/7)
    • Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (7/7)
  • August 2020
    • Facing The Sun by Janice Lynn Mather (8/11)
    • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (8/18)
    • Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor (8/18)
    • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest (8/25)
  • September 2020
    • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed (9/1)
    • Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam (9/1)
    • Flyy Girls Books 1 & 2 by Ashley Woodfolk (9/1)
    • Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe (9/8)
    • The Summer Of Everything by Julian Winters (9/8)
    • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (9/15)
    • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (9/15)
    • Maya And The Dark Rising by Rena Barron (9/22)
    • Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds (9/22)
    • Everybody Looking by Candice Iloh (9/22)
    • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (9/29)
  • October 2020
    • Tristan Strong Destroys The World by Kwame Mbalia (10/6; Sequel)
    • Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron (10/13)
    • Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi (10/20; Sequel)
  • December 2020
    • King Of The Rising by Kacen Callender (12/1; Sequel)
  • January 2021
    • One Of The Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite (1/5/2021)
    • Roman & Jewel by Dana L. Davis (1/5/2021)
    • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (1/12/2021)
    • The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson (1/12/2021)
    • A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney (1/19/2021; Book 3)
  • February 2021
    • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (2/9/2021)
    • Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron (2/18/2021; Book 2 of Trilogy)
    • Muted By Tami Charles (2/21/2021)
  • March 2021
    • A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy (3/16/2021; Sequel)
    • Bruised by Tanya Boteju (3/23/2021)
  • April 2021
    • Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart (4/20/2021)
  • Books that Are Out Now That You Need In Your Life
    • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
    • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
    • A Song of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne Brown
    • You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
    • Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone
    • The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
    • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
    • A Phoenix First Must Burn Edited by Patrice Caldwell
    • When You Were Everything By Ashley Woodfolk
    • Not All Boys Are Blue by George M. Johnson
    • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
    • Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
    • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black In America Edited by Ibi Zoboi
    • Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo
    • A Blade So Black & A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
    • Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
    • Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
    • Dread Nation & Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
    • War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
    • SLAY by Brittney Morris
    • A River Of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
    • Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron
    • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Now go forth and Pre-order (or in the case of the ones out, order) these books! Support these amazing authors! And while you are at it, support the Black Owned Bookstores in the graphic below (which I borrowed from Angie Thomas’ Instagram)!

Happy Reading and remember…


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I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them! My mission is to amplify their voices and work so this generation and all the others after them will have literature that will reflect them.

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  1. This is an amazing list!!! I’m right now in the middle of Stamped, and I’m really enjoying it 🙂 I just ordered a copy of You Should See Me in a Crown, and I’m so excited to read it!

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