Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Books that Give Off Summer Vibes (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)’, but today I want to do something different.
Not gonna lie, I ummed and ahhed over this blog post because I worried that it seemed facetious, but then I figured that the more Black authors we in the book community support, the more Black voices will be heard and the more Black stories will be told because publishers will know that these are voices we want to hear.
Before I say anything else, though, if you have no idea how you can help the protesters and the Black Lives Matter movement, you can find a list of petitions you can sign right here.
So today I’m going to talk about ten YA books by black authors that are currently on my TBR. These are books that I actually own copies of, whether they’re on my physical bookshelves or on my kindle—as well as one that I’ve pre-ordered! I’m really looking forward to reading all of them.
If you have any recommendations, please do leave them below!
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: I desperately want more ace rep in the books I read and I’ve had my eye on this novel for a while, so, as it’s Pride Month, I decided to finally treat myself to a copy and I can’t wait to read it.
A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope ed. by Patrice Caldwell: This collection sounds amazing, so it’s about time I opened my copy! I haven’t read an anthology in a long time.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: Considering I love witches and I love novels set in Nigeria, it’s kind of ridiculous that I still haven’t read this. I’d like to cross it off my TBR this year!
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson: I really enjoyed Jackson’s debut, Allegedly, so I’ve pre-ordered a copy of her latest novel which is due out this September and sounds like a YA contemporary meets a thriller. I love YA thrillers, so I’m looking forward to trying this one!
With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo: I’ve heard wonderful things about Acevedo’s work and I love the sound of this novel, so it’s about time I read it!
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow: Firstly, how stunning is this cover? Secondly, this novel is about sirens. Naturally, I want to read it and, luckily for me, it arrived on my kindle today!
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney: Retellings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland aren’t usually my thing, despite it being one of my favourite classics, but I love the sound of this and yet for some reason still haven’t read it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This YA contemporary has quickly become a classic of its genre but I still haven’t read it. Hopefully that’s something I can change this year!