25 Must-Read Books by Black Authors for Your 2024 TBR

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Make room, readers, your 2024 TBR is about to be stacked! In honor of Black History Month, we’re taking a look at some of the must-read books being published by Black authors this year. We’re highlighting 25 books here, but it’s just a small sampling of the great books by Black authors hitting shelves in 2024. With this list as your guide, you’re certain to have an incredible TBR list for this month and every one to follow.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself by Onyi Nwabineli

Onyi Nwabineli explores self-discovery and the impact of social media in this tale of a woman taking control of her life after spending her childhood as the star of her stepmother’s social media channels.

One of Us Knows by Alyssa Cole

You may have spotted this thriller in our 2024 roundup. Readers who love atmospheric mysteries won’t want to miss this one set on a remote island during a storm that traps a woman with a man from her past.

The 7-10 Split by Karmen Lee

When teachers Ava Williams and Grace Jones are tasked with heading the school’s new bowling team, it reignites their old rivalry and brings back memories of a long-ago kiss neither quite forgot.

In the Shadow of the Fall by Tobi Ogundiran

Tobi Ogundiran kicks off a new fantasy novella duology this summer. Ashâke is an acolyte tired of waiting for it to be her turn to reach priesthood, but when she tries to speed up the process by trapping an orisha, things go terribly wrong.

With Love, Miss Americanah by Jane Igharo

After her family moves from Nigeria to America, Enore Adesuwa decides to prepare for her new school in the best way possible: by consulting classic teen movies for a blueprint of how to survive an American high school.

Acts of Forgiveness by Maura Cheeks

Complicated questions of forgiveness and family arise for single mother Willie Revel as she digs into her ancestry in order to qualify for the country’s first federal reparations program.

A Dream in the Dark by Robert Justice

Robert Justice drew inspiration from real-life cases for this novel about a lawyer fighting the injustice of a wrongful conviction set against the backdrop of rising police brutality in Denver.

Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places by Claire Kann

A haunted house sets the stage for this supernatural romance. Lucky Hart hits it off with Maverick Phillips when the two end up on the set of a television show filming at an infamous and creepy Victorian house.

The Fallen Fruit by Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle Madison’s historical fiction debut follows a history professor in 1964 as she attempts to learn about and break a family curse that sends one person from every generation back in time.

Blood Justice by Terry J. Benton-Walker

In this sequel to the YA contemporary fantasy Blood Debts, readers reunite with twins Clement and Cristina in New Orleans, where they need to defend their newly acquired positions as heads of the magical community.

And So I Roar by Abi Daré

From the bestselling author of The Girl with the Louding Voice comes a follow-up novel that reunites readers with Adunni and Tia, who learns of a secret that her mother had hidden for decades.

It’s Elementary by Elise Bryant

The last thing that Mavis wants is to be on the PTA for her daughter’s school. Despite her busy schedule, she allows herself to be talked into joining. But things go from inconvenient to dangerous when the pushy PTA president goes missing.

Between Friends & Lovers by Shirlene Obuobi

When the best friend she’s crushing on begins dating her high school bully, doctor and social media influencer Jo decides to focus on her own happiness and hits it off with Malcolm, a debut novelist.

Those Beyond the Wall by Micaiah Johnson

Featured in our Highly-Anticipated Books of 2024 roundup, this science fiction thriller focuses on a mechanic who witnesses a horrific murder seemingly committed by an invisible force.

Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

YA readers looking for psychological thrills, this one’s for you. Sunny’s mother’s dying wish was for Sunny to look after her brother Dom, a task made difficult when a classmate is killed and he’s found with blood on his hands.

Sisters with a Side of Greens by Michelle Stimpson

In this tale of forgiveness and family, sisters Rose and Marvina had a falling out decades ago and haven’t spoken since. But when Rose forgets the recipe for the spice blend passed down from their mother, she turns to Marvina.

Do What Godmother Says by L.S. Stratton

An heirloom hides a terrible secret in this gothic thriller. After Shanice is gifted a painting, she begins to research the Harlem Renaissance painter behind it and her relationship with a patron known as Godmother.

Hathor and the Prince by J.J. McAvoy

The third installment in J.J. McAvoy’s Regency romance series opens at the close of the London season. Hathor Du Bell’s hopes for finding a match for herself hinge on the arrival of the Queen’s nephew, Prince Wilhelm.

Daughter of the Merciful Deep by Leslye Penelope

Leslye Penelope’s latest is a historical fantasy featuring a young woman on a mission—with the help of a mysterious stranger—to save the all-Black town she lives in from being washed away and turned into a lake.

Dead Girls Walking by Sami Ellis

In this YA horror novel, the daughter of a serial killer must pose as a camp counselor in order to retrace her father’s footsteps and search the surrounding woods in the hopes of finding the body of her dead mother.

Pride and Joy by Louisa Onomé

The death of a matriarch divides generations of a Nigerian Canadian family as Joy attempts to plan her mother’s funeral while contending with an aunt who believes Mama Mary is going to rise again.

What Fire Brings by Rachel Howzell Hall

Bailey Meadows travels to the Topanga Canyon under the guise of working with a famed local thriller author Jack Beckham. In reality, she’s searching for her friend, who went missing near Jack’s home.

Fake It Till You Make It by Siera London

Amarie Walker leaves D.C. in the hopes of starting over and soon finds herself in a small town pretending to be an investor for the local grumpy veterinarian in order to help save his practice.

Lost Ark Dreaming by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

An analyst, a mechanic, and a bureaucrat living off the coast of West Africa must work together to stop an attack of the reanimated dead, who are seeking vengeance after being left to die in a climate disaster.

We Don’t Have Time for This by Brianna Craft

Sparks start to fly between high schoolers Isa Brown and Darius Freeman, co-presidents of the environmental justice club who can’t seem to agree on the best way to run the group.

Which of these books is at the top of your to-read list?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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