You are probably wondering “what is this challenge that you speak of?” and if that is on your mind, let me put you up on game! Every year, the amazing Free Black Women’s Library (which has multiple locations, hosts a reading challenge each year to read a certain amount of books by Black Women or Black Non-Binary Authors! This year was my 2nd year participating and the goal was 20 books…I read 40 (which was my intention)! And I read soooooooooooo many good books! Here is this list of the books I read (I also noted if it was adult or middle grade, otherwise it is a YA book) and if I did a review/reaction, that is hyperlinked as well!

  1. When The Stars Led To You by Ronni Davis
  2. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (middle grade)
  3. Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (Sequel)
  4. A Phoenix First Must Burn Anthology (ARC) edited by Patrice Caldwell
  5. The Only Black Girls In Town (ARC) by Brandy Colbert (middle grade)
  6. Raybearer (ARC) by Jordan Ifueko
  7. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
  8. Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni (adult)
  9. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
  10. Kings, Queens And In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
  11. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  12. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat (adult)
  13. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone (middle grade)
  14. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  15. Ayiti by Roxane Gay (adult)
  16. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (adult)
  17. Dear Haiti, You’re Not Who They Think You Are by Martine Harris (adult)
  18. Overwatch: The Hero Of Numbani (ARC) by Nicky Drayden (middle grade)
  19. Maya And The Rising Dark (ARC) by Rena Barron (middle grade)
  20. Grown (ARC) by Tiffany D. Jackson
  21. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Marrow
  22. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne Brown
  23. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
  24. Ways To Make Sunshine by Renee Watson (middle grade)
  25. The Black Kids (ARC) by Christina Hammonds Reed
  26. Legendborn (ARC) by Tracy Deonn
  27. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  28. Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  29. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
  30. What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson
  31. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi (adult)
  32. Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  33. Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
  34. Dear Justyce by Nic Stone *Dear Justyce Universe*
  35. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (middle grade)
  36. Daughters of Jubilation by Kara L. Corthon
  37. Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor (middle grade)
  38. Race To The Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (middle grade)
  39. The Cost Of Knowing (ARC) by Brittney Morris
  40. Reaper Of Souls (E-ARC) by Rena Barron (sequel)

If you are now thinking…”oooooooh, I wanna do this too”, well they are running the challenge again and it’s to read 25 books by Black Women or Black Non-Binary Authors! For more information, click here! You can also follow them on IG, twitter and facebook. I hope you decide to join me! I’ve already finished my first book and am on my second! If you are undecided now but to decide to later on, you can jump in any time!

Have you done this challenge before? If so, how many books have you read for it? Did you read any of the same books I read? Let me know in the comments! So Many of these books fell in my favorite reads of the year and I’m sure you are wondering, some are Raybearer, Legendborn (I am working on a post) and Reaper Of Souls (out in February)!

My next post will be ALL the books I read last year so look out for that by subscribing! Happy Reading and sending Bookish love your way! Feel free to find me on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic or Twitter @bookishgrlmagic for more bookish banter!


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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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