Black Book Recommendations for the Make Your Myth Taker Readathon

I came up with over a hundred books for the #MakeYourMythTaker readathon, but things have changed a lot at the moment. One of the changes is the removal of the rule that you can’t change your TBR, meaning you can read more books by Black authors if you want, for example. Whilst I can’t recommend hundreds of books by Black authors because I just, unfortunately, haven’t read enough, I will try to recommend as many as I can find from Goodreads, Google, Instagram etc. Hopefully there’s a mix of genres in here, so you can find something that interests you!

If I’ve left any of these blank, it means I searched for hours and didn’t find anything, but please let me know if there’s one you think I missed!

Knight

Favourite Author

Elizabeth Acevedo has now written three books and people always seems to have loved each of them. If you’ve read only one or two of them, try reading one you haven’t read yet.

Weapon on the Cover

A River of Royal Blood, Amanda Joy

Continue a Series

Try the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. It was recently a series on BBC and is a series that’s been around for a while now.

Quest to Save Something

Ironheart, Eve Ewing

Gladiator

Training/Fighting

A Blade So Black, LL Mckinney

Weapon on the Cover

Dread Nation, Justina Ireland

Outsourced Book: Audiobook/Ebook

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon is apparently narrated by the author.

Over 500 pages

Stamped, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

Mercenary

Anticipated Read

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron isn’t out yet but sounds SO GOOD.

Weapon on the Cover

The Rage of Dragons, Evan Winter

Magic Battle

I can’t confirm if this actually does have a magic battle in it because I haven’t read it myself, but Legendborn by Tracy Deom sounds like it might have a lot of magic involved.

Inspired by History/Legend

Mae Among Stars by Roda Ahmed is inspired by the first African-American woman to travel into space.

Viking

Cold Place

It’s certainly not your typical cold place, but ‘m pretty sure most of Zadie Smith‘s book are set in English which isn’t… warm.

The summary on Goodreads didn’t give much away but The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah has a title that implies a cold place.

Weapon on the Cover

Featuring a Journey

Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

Overhyped Book

Overhyped doesn’t necessarily mean bad, it’s just means you see it around a lot and I think it’s good that so many people are talking and reading about Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Monarch

Queen Main Character

I know I’m cheating a bit here but I’m 90% sure You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson involves the Prom Queen. And it’s queer, I also think.

Royal Colours on Cover (Red/Purple/Gold)

Badass Black Girl, MJ Fievre

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, Junuada Petrus

Highest rated

Read a Favourite

Courtier

Big Cast of Characters

Pride, Ibi Zoboi

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, Temi Oh

Royal Colours on Cover (Red/Purple/Gold)

The clue’s in the title but The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Slay, Brittney Morris

Continue a Series

I believe the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is out.

Read a Host Favourite

Royal Spy

Heard Good Things

Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad

Royal Colours on Cover (Red/Purple/Gold)

Pet, Akwaeke Emezi

The Girl with the Louding Voice, Abi Daré

Secret Book

Underhyped

This Lovely City by Louise Hare was a book I read quickly back in March and absolutely loved!

Jester

Fun Middle Grade

Blended, Sharon Draper

Royal Colours on Cover (Red/Purple/Gold)

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evarvisto

Dear Martin, Nic Stone

Book about Books

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is a book I’d not heard of before I published this list, but it sounds really interesting.

Performance Elements

The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton

Bandit

Steal a Book

Dark Cover

The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon

Featuring Woodland

I may be stretching it by including Dawn by Octavia Butler, but I think the story involves going back to an Earth that’s been overrun by nature.

Myth Take Group Book

Pirate

Featuring Water

The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Deep, Rivers Solomon

The Mermaid, The Witch and the Sea, Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Dark Cover

Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

Featuring a Journey

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender may not include a physical journey, but certainly does a metaphorical one. It also has a lot of LGBTQ+ rep in it.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayetu Moore contains a much more typical journey.

Bargain Book

I don’t know if they still are offering it, but Haymarket Books were offering a free copy of Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? the other day.

Assassin

Friend Pick

Dark Cover

The City We Became, NK Jemisin. Or anything by NK Jemisin – good for Pride month and if you want to read more books by Black authors.

Secret Book 

Quick Read

We Should All be Feminists by Chimanda Ngozi Adiche is less than 100 pages long and is the transcript of her TED Talk.

The Black God’s Drums, P Djèlí Clark

Exile

Banned Book

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Dark Cover

The Lesson, Caldwell Turnbull

Outsourced Book

Becoming is narrated by Michelle Obama herself.

Disliked Book

Goddess

Non Human Protagonist

The blurb for Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor talks about the Leopard People, so maybe the main character is one of those too.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow apparently includes sirens, so it shot straight up my TBR.

Foiled Cover

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown looks like, from the amount of silver on the cover, it should be foiled.

Highest Rated

Randomise TBR

Witch

Featuring An Animal

Beasts Made of Night, Tochi Onyebunchi – maybe?

Foiled Cover

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando again looks like it should be foiled.

Featuring Magical Battle

Daughters of Nri, Reni K Amayo

Occult Themes

Kingdom of Souls: The Last Witch Doctor, Rena Baron

Conjure Women, Afia Atakora

Faerie

Featuring Fae

Foiled Cover

The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta

Featuring Woodlands

The Changeling, Vicor LaValle

Outside Comfort Zone

Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid

I Almost Forgot About You, Terry McMillan

Oracle 

Go into Book Blind

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot, Mikki Kendall

Foiled Cover

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory is glittery?

I’m halfway through reading The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant and I didn’t realise the author was POC before I made this blog post.

Book about Books

Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim

5 Star Prediction

Let’s Talk About Love, Claire Kann

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

I’ve included multiple books where I can but I’m also going to list all the books I didn’t know where to recommend on this list because they sound incredible and shouldn’t be missed. Unfortunately I can’t include them all but please do look.

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

Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams

The Hope Family Calendar, Mike Gayle

Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin

The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, Catherine Johnson

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. Taking the time to read or even just share this post is a step in the right direction. We all need to do better and I know that I do too. I haven’t read nearly enough books by Black or POC authors, but I’m going to try to make a conscious effort to change that starting this month.

Before I go, some final “words of wisdom”: When looking for books by Black authors, please don’t automatically go to a Black person to ask them their recommendations because they’re going through enough right now, just Google like you would Google books about fairies or even look on my Instagram to share all the books I’ve saved to a highlight. Sign some petitions, watch a documentary, read a book, leave that advert-filled video playing. Don’t judge people immediately for not being vocal because you don’t know what they’re going through. And please, please just try to be a better person.

Resources:

https://www.goodreads.com/genres/black-books

https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/young-adult-books-by-black-authors-2020?ref=bfbiobuzzfeedbooks&utm_campaign=bfbiobuzzfeedbooks&utm_source=buzzfeed.bio&p_id=6349&d_id=1400329

Must read LGBTQIAP+ YA books written by Black authors

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/books-by-contemporary-black-authors

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ffsB6mzGdOlHztJOCyFjFLYcfpP7l6H5UrV45tz42eg/edit

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