2020 Black Girls Still Read Book List

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Happy New Year! Is it too late to still say that? Anyway! A new year means a new me and I am so ready for this decade! I plan on traveling more with my family (like we don’t do that already), welcoming a new baby, starting new ventures, strengthening my connection with my wife, and being a better version of myself!


Just like everyone out there (or almost everyone), I made a list of goals and New Year’s Resolutions that I am determined to accomplish in the next 12 months; one of which so happens to be getting back into my reading habit!


It seems with the raise of social media and the decline of talks around good books, I’ve caught myself slipping into reading short news articles and CliffsNotes of stories. I am not proud of the number of books I read last year or rather the lack of. It just isn’t like me at all. My love for writing (treat yourself to a copy of my book KATRINA: When God Closed His Eyes on New Orleans) links right back to my love for reading. So maybe it’s about time for me to get back to what I enjoy!


I read not too long ago, yes that too was a short article, that big CEOs and well-known leaders read about four or five books a month. While we all want to be boss babies, I just don’t have time for 48 to 60 books a year. Not yet anyway. So, I’ve come up with a list of 12 books for 2020 to start me on my path for a more extensive list next year. Come take the 2020 Black Girls Still Read journey with me by clicking on the links and getting your very own paperback or Kindle version of each book!


**All of the following synopsises are directly from the description of each novel**


January

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. Get you copy here.




February

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Jayne Allen

“Black girls must die exhausted” is something that 33-year-old Tabitha Walker has heard her grandmother say before. Of course, her grandmother (who happens to be white) was referring to the 1950’s and what she observed in the nascent times of civil rights. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a “paper-perfect” boyfriend, and a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, Tabitha never imagined how this phrase could apply to her as a black girl in contemporary times – that is, until everything changed. Get yours on Amazon now.


March

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

Michael Arceneaux

Equality for LGBT people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being black in America is…well, have you watched the news? With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today’s boldest writers on social issues, I Can’t Date Jesus is Michael Arceneaux’s impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today’s America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity whe