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my top 3 reads of 2023 by black authors

    over the last two years i got back into reading and honestly it’s one of the best decisions i have made. reading is truly one of my favorite pastimes. being completely immersed into a new world that’s full of possibilities is such a beautiful experience and honestly, i will never shut up about reading books. 

    so far this year i have read ten books in different genres and by different authors; however, i will always comeback to my black authors because there is nothing like relating to the book you’re reading — in experiences, looks, the author’s descriptors of the characters, etc.. 

    from all the books i’ve read this year this is my list:

    #3 — Only for the Week by Natasha Bishop

    if you’re in my book club on Instagram then we just wrapped up reading this book together in October and i absolutely loved reading it alongside everyone in there.

    summary: “You are cordially invited to the wedding of Amerie Cross and Arnold Hightower. And now a toast from the maid of honor, Janelle Cross! Hi everyone, thank you for being here. Some of you may know me as the sister of the bride. Some of you may know me as the ex-girlfriend of the groom. But I’m willing to bet none of you know me as the woman secretly sleeping with the best man. I am. I know, I’m just as surprised as you. It was only supposed to be for the week; but every kiss, adventure, and stolen moment with Rome Martin feels like it could last forever. Oh well. What happens in Tulum stays in Tulum.”


    #2 — Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

    yes, another romance novel. what can i say? they’re my favorite types of novels to read. this one was super cute and just overall kind of tugs on your heart.

    summary: “Sharp-tongued (and secretly soft-hearted) Kiki Banjo has just made a huge mistake. As an expert in relationship-evasion and the host of the popular student radio show Brown Sugar, she’s made it her mission to make sure the women of the African-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University do not fall into the mess of “situationships”, players, and heartbreak. But when the Queen of the Unbothered kisses Malakai Korede, the guy she just publicly denounced as “The Wastemen of Whitewell,” in front of every Blackwellian on campus, she finds her show on the brink.

    They’re soon embroiled in a fake relationship to try and salvage their reputations and save their futures. Kiki has never surrendered her heart before, and a player like Malakai won’t be the one to change that, no matter how charming he is or how electric their connection feels. But surprisingly entertaining study sessions and intimate, late-night talks at old-fashioned diners force Kiki to look beyond her own presumptions. Is she ready to open herself up to something deeper?”


    #1 — Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

    I AM ALWAYS ROOTING FOR TRUE LOVE [especially black love] and this book will have you in shambles. you have to read. you have to. a rollercoaster of emotions that i highly recommend that everyone reads! that is it. that is all.

    summary: “Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

    It couldn’t save their marriage.

    Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

    Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?”


    i thoroughly enjoyed all of these books and i hope you do too. feel free to send me a DM on Instagram to let me know your thoughts on them, i love hearing opinions on books! 

    are there any books you recommend? 

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