February TBR, reading black authors

I quite like the idea of centering my TBR around a certain theme every month, even though I probably won’t be able to finish all the books I set out to read. I, like many others, am dedicating February to black authors and characters. Black history month is the perfect time to make sure I read enough stories from black perspectives, both in terms of authors and characters.

I aim to read a variety of genres and target audiences as well. Let’s take a look at the books I hope to read in February!

The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin
I started the Broken Earth trilogy in December 2018, and have been eager to continue ever since. Who knows why I’ve been putting the sequel off for so long. If I get lucky and have a lot of reading time in February, I might even aim to read the final book in the trilogy as well.

How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
This book was actually on my January TBR but I didn’t get around to it. I had too many big books on my to-read list for the month and not enough time. Luckily, it fits perfectly for February as well. I hope I’ll love this just as much as his previous novel, Running With Lions.

A Blade So Black (Nightmare-Verse #1) by L.L. McKinney
I bought A Blade So Black in the same Amazon sale I’ve mentioned a few times this month. From what I can gather, it’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling – in which Alice is obviously a black girl. The cover looks absolutely epic, and even though I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, I can’t wait to read this.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I’ve seen this book on quite a few “best of 2019” lists which makes me even more excited to read it. The synopsis (and title) sound incredible, and the audiobook is available on Scribd. It’s also only 4 hours long!

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
I literally have no idea what this novel is about. I know it has an f/f relationship and it’s contemporary. I want to go into this not knowing what the expect from the story itself, and just be surprised by it.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Wicker King has been on my to-read list for ages, and I finally bought myself a copy in the sale I keep mentioning. One of the details I love most about this (before actually reading it) is that the story revolves around a boy with a degenerative hallucinatory disorder, and that as the hallucinations get worse, the pages of the book get blacker and blacker.


I have another list on my Scribd account dedicated entirely to black authors and  black characters, so I might end up listening to a different book as well. Just in case I have more time to listen than to actually sit down and read a physical copy. I’m so excited for these books! Some of them I’ve been meaning to read for absolute ages.

Have you read any of these books? Which one should I pick up first?

8 thoughts on “February TBR, reading black authors

  1. I hope you enjoy The Wicker King! K. Ancrum’s writing is a breath of fresh air.
    But also, you’re entire TBR is looking good, too. Happy reading xo

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  2. This looks like a great TBR! I really want to read A Blade So Black and My Sister, the Serial Killer, too, and I’ve heard really good things about The Wicker King so I’d be interested to hear what you think of it. I love The Obelisk Gate – I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy!

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