29 books by womxn of colour you need to get your hands on

While everything is looking rather bleak at the moment due to the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s also important to celebrate the little things in life like birthdays. And, we’re grateful to still be alive and have more second chances in life. 

For my birthday today, I decided to share my passion with you, books. I love literature, perhaps it’s the writer in me but I genuinely appreciate the art. And, not only because it’s beautiful but also because it literally keeps me sane. 

So, for my 29th birthday, I have put together a list of 29 books by womxn of colour that I think you need to get your hands on. I’ve picked these books because I really love them…well, I have read 17 of them so far, I have some still waiting for me to flip their pages open and the rest, I am also looking to get my hands on. 

Without further ado, here’s the list, in alphabetical order: 

  1. 30th CandleAngela Makholwa.
  2. Always Another Country — Sisonke Msimang. 
  3. A Prince On Paper — Alyssa Cole. 
  4. An American Marriage — Tayari Jones.
  5. Being Kari — Qarnita Loxton.
  6. Black Widow Society — Angela Makholwa.
  7. Colour Me Yellow — Thuli Nhlapo.
  8. Coconut Kelz’s Guide To Surviving This Shithole — Lesego Tlhabi.
  9. Dr T: A Guide To Sexual Health and Pleasure — Dr Tlaleng Mofokong. 
  10. God Help The Child — Toni Morrison.
  11. Hlomu — Busani Dube.
  12. Intruders — Mohale Mashigo.
  13. Killing Karoline — Sarah Jayne-King.
  14. Mornings in Jenin —  Susan Abulhawa.
  15. More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are — Elaine Welteroth.
  16. Nervous Conditions — Tsitsi Dangarembga.
  17. Period Pain — Kopano Matlwa
  18. Queenie — Candice Carty-Williams.
  19. Reflecting Rogue — Pumla Gqola.
  20. Such A Fun Age — Kiley Reid.
  21. The Ones With A Purpose — Nozizwe Cynthia Jele.
  22. The Golddigers — Sue Nyathi.
  23. The Sun is Also A Star — Nicola Yoon.
  24. The Hate U Give — Angie Thomas.
  25. We Are The Ones We Need — Sihle Bolani
  26. We’re Going To Need More Wine — Gabrielle Union.
  27. Who Fears Death — Nnedi Okorafor.
  28. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race — Reni-Eddo Lodge.
  29. White Teeth — Zadie Smith.