Girl Reading

Being the nerdy black girl that I am, I’m always in search of a good book. If it’s written by a black woman I’m even more excited to turn the pages. So I was quite excited when I stumbled upon a list created by Clutch Magazine writer Tami Winfrey Harris. She interviewed over 2,000 people to create a list of books by black women that everyone should read. They are listed below in no particular order.  See full list below:


1. Krik! Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (Fiction)
2. Caucasia by Danzy Senna (Fiction)
3. Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris Perry (Nonfiction)
4. Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall (Fiction)
5. The Upper Room by Mary Monroe (Fiction)
6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Children’s Books)
7. Ugly Ways by Tina McElroy Ansa (Fiction)
8. Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Lori Tharps and Ayana Byrd (Nonfiction)
9. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Fiction)
10. Small Island by Andrea Levy (Fiction)
11. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction)
12. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Fiction)
13. Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown (Nonfiction)
14. A Street in Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks (Poetry)
15. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (Fiction)
16. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Science Fiction)
17. Breath, Eye, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (Fiction)
18. Daughters by Paule Marshall (Fiction)
19. Sula by Toni Morrison (Fiction)
20. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Fiction)
21. Naughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman (Fiction)
22. Coming to England by Floella Benjamin (Autobiography)
23. But Some of Us Are Brave by Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith (Nonfiction)
24. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks (Poetry)
25. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (Fiction)
26. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (Fiction)
27. The Fisher King by Paule Marshall (Fiction)
28. Before You Suffocate your own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (Fiction)
29. Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in a Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson (Nonfiction)
30. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Nonfiction)
31. Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Nonfiction)
32. Abeng by Michelle Cliff (Fiction)
33. Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (Fiction)
34. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Fiction)
35. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Autobiography)
36. Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker (Nonfiction)
37. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Various (Nonfiction)
38. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction)
39. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (Children’s Books)
40. The Shimmershine Queens by Camille Yarbrough (Children’s Books)
41. Darkest Child by Dolores Philips (Fiction)
42. The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey by Toi Derricotte (Nonfiction)
43. Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden (Fiction)
44. Corregidora by Gayl Jones (Fiction)
45. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke (Fiction)
46. The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Staceyann Chin (Autobiography)
47. Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis (Nonfiction)
48. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (Nonfiction)
49. Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair (Fiction)
50. Zami—A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde (“Biomythography”)
51. Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood (Fiction)
52. In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker (Nonfiction)
53. To Be Young, Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry (Autobiography)
54. Her Stories: African American Folktlaes, Fairy Tales and True Tales by Virginia Hamilton (Fiction)
55. The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissak (Fiction)
56. Wrapped in Rainbows by Valerie Boyd (Biography)
57. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (Children’s Books)
58. Betsy Brown by Ntozake Shange (Fiction)
59. Kindred by Octavia Butler (Science Fiction)
60. Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa (Fiction)
61. Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Nonfiction)
62. Daughter by asha bandele (Fiction)
63. Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do by Pearl Cleage (Fiction)
64. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta (Fiction)
65. Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez (Poetry)
66. Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero (YA)
67. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost by Joan Morgan (Nonfiction)
68. The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales by Bessie Head (Fiction)
69. The Collected Poetry by Nikki Giovanni (Poetry)
70. Jubilee by Margaret Walker (Nonfiction)
71. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology by Barbara Smith (Nonfiction)
72. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Fiction)
73. For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange (Fiction)
74. Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and Values Wars by Sikivu Hutchinson (Nonfiction)
75. The Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa (Fiction)
76. Deals with the Devil and other Reasons to Riot by Pearl Cleage (Nonfiction)
77. Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta (Fiction)
78. NW by Zadie Smith (Fiction)
79. The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker (Fiction)
80. Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks (Nonfiction)
81. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (Fiction)
82. Ain’t I A Woman by bell hooks (Nonfiction)
83. The Street by Ann Petry (Fiction)
84.Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriweather
85.Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriett Jacobs
86.Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (Nonfiction)
87.White Teeth by Zadie Smith
88.Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michelle Wallace(Nonfiction)
89. Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime by J.California Cooper (Fiction)
90. Meridian by Alice Walker (Nonfiction)
91. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
92. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (Fiction)
93. Homemade Love by J. California Cooper (Fiction)
94. Bitch is the New Black: A Memoir by Helena Andrews (Autobiography)
95. Color Blind: A Memoir by Precious Williams (Autobiography)
96. On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe (Fiction)
97 .Oh Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam CJ Walker by A’lelia Bundles (Biography)
98. Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Dr. Marimba Ani (Nonfiction)
99. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Fiction)
100. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler (Science Fiction)


I’ve read 14 of the 100 books listed. How many have you read?

Happy Reading!!


  1. Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I
    have read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this blog.

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