For Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of romance reads by Black women. These are all books that I’ve read and loved. If you’ve been curious about any of these, hopefully this post will inspire you to pick up one or more of these books! Also, this list has lots of ideas if you’re participating in Crystal’s challenge to read 20 books by Black women (more about that here).
- Love in Color by Bolu Babalola- I loved this collection of mythological retellings! I really enjoyed her writing and appreciated that she chose stories from a variety of places and cultures.
- The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams- This book was so warm, charming and sweet. In particular, I thought that Williams did such a good job writing about body image, wellness, and fitness.
- Rebel by Beverly Jenkins- This was the first book I read by Beverly Jenkins, the queen of Black historical romance, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned about what New Orleans would have been like at that time and I was very into the swoony love interest in this story.
- Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory- I’d recommend any of Jasmine Guillory’s books, they are so delightful! I chose Party of Two because it’s one of my favorite books of hers and sinking back into this world she’s created is such a comforting feeling.
- The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon- In case you don’t know this about me, I love a fake dating story. Even though I’m not a huge sports person, I enjoyed this book from start to finish. And I think if you are a football fan, or a sports fan in general, you’d enjoy it even more!
- Seven Days in June by Tia Williams- This book just had to be on the list. It was one of my favorite books of 2021 and every time I see this cover pop up on my feed, I just think about how much I loved this book.
- Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon- Nicola Yoon got me good with this one- I definitely cried! There is so much humor and warmth and emotion in this sweet YA romance, and I was swept along for the ride.
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole- I picked this up on a whim one day and enjoyed it so much. I loved that this book focused on a woman in STEM and Cole’s writing really drew me into the story.
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert- Dani and Zaf have to be one of my favorite literary couples of all time! I absolutely loved the dialogue and banter between these two characters. The whole Brown Sisters trilogy is great, but Dani was definitely my favorite.
- Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon- When I heard that all of these amazing YA authors were writing this book together, I was so hyped! This interlinked novel set in NYC did not disappoint- it was so cute.
Have you read any of these? If so, tell me what you thought down in the comments below!
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