Are you looking for some great books to add to your reading list? This list has some of the best newish (a year old or less) novels written by women. There are short stories, nonfiction, and books full of drama.
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The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation
The Three Mothers is a nonfiction novel that tells the stories of the women who raised Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Amazon Link
Olga Dies Dreaming
Olga Dies Dreaming is a great dramatic novel that will keep you turning the pages. Olga is a Puerto Rican wedding planner for the wealthy. Olga isn’t just wrapped up in family drama, but political drama too. Amazon Link
Crying in H Mart
Crying in H Mart is a memoir about a Korean American’s struggle with finding her identity and dealing with grief. This one is sure to make you cry, but it is so good! Fun fact, the author, Michelle Zauner, is a singer and guitarist for the Japanese Breakfast. Amazon Link
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
In South to America, Imani Perry will help you learn and relearn the history of the South.
Perry takes a trip through the South, and we hop on that journey with her.
I love how this book blends history with her personal stories. Amazon Link
I’ve been reading a lot of short stories lately, and this one did not disappoint. Nobody’s Magic is composed of three short stories about Black women with albinism. Amazon Link
So I LOVED this book (I mean I loved all of them lol), but Black Cake has some serious family drama! In Black Cake, we meet a Caribbean family that has a lot of secrets that spill out after the death of their matriarch. Amazon Link
Bad Fat Black Girl
I love Black feminist books, but Bad Fat Black Girls is hands down my favorite! I was sold when I saw the names of the chapters. There are some really good Black feminist books, but this is the one for me. Amazon Link
Arsenic and Adobe
Arsenic and Adobe is a super cute murder mystery. Labeled as a cozy mystery, it was so popular it was turned into a series. And because I want you to trust my reviews, I want you to know, I was not a fan of the sequel. It wasn’t bad, just not as good as the original. The third book in this series will be released later in 2022. Amazon Link
If there’s a book that I need to add to this list, drop it in the comments!