20 Something Books for A 20 Something Black Reader

Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy reading non-fiction, children’s literature, classic literature, essays anything well written.  If you are an avid reader like myself, you may have read most of, if not this entire list. If you do not like to read check these titles out. As a 20 something somebody trying to become somebody, these books were inspiring and empowering.  The following books are not only page turners.  They tell triumphant stories and teach vital lessons. Although some are fictional, the characters in every book below face struggles that we are presented with in reality.  It is not hard gain inspiration from any of these books. Give these titles a try and STAY LIT !

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  • The Bluest Eye- Toni Morrison

  • Monster- Walter Dean Myers  

  • The Fire Next Time- James Baldwin

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

All it takes to get along in this here man’s town is a little shit, grit, and mother-wit.
— RALPH ELLISON, INVISIBLE MAN
  • Invisible Man-  Ralph Ellison
  • The Ways Of White Folks – Langston Hughes

  • Coldest Winter Ever- Sister Soulja

  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe

  • Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave- Frederick Douglass

  • The Color Purple- Alice Walker

Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.
— Shonda Rhimes, Year Of Yes:
  • Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes
  • Devil In A Blue Dress- Walter Mosley

  • Sula-  Toni Morrison

  • Native Son- Richard Wright

  • A Lesson Before Dying- Ernest Gaines

  • Thomas & Beulah- Rita Dove

Isn’t that the realest shit ever?
— Issa Rae, The Misadventures of Awkard Black Girl
  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl- Issa Rae
  • Up From Slavery- Booker T Washington

  • Negroland- margo jefferson

  • Annie Allen- Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur

  • Between The World And Me - Ta-nehisi coates

  • The Autobiography Of Malcolm X- Malcolm X & Alex Haley

  • The Mis-education Of The Negro: Carter G. Woodson

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  • Decoded:  Jay Z
  • Bitch is the new Black: A Memoir: Helena Andrews

  • Go Tell It On The Mountain: James Baldwin

  • Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name: Audre Lorde

  • Kindred: Octavia Butler