9 Books with Black Main Characters

9 books with a black main character

Hi guys! So, last week was the busiest week I have had in 2017. Actually, the entire month of March has been busy so that hasn’t let me get stuff done ahead and that’s why last week I collapsed. I had so much to do and I was not in a good place in terms of my mental health, so that made everything worse and that’s why I didn’t post anything. I finished most of the things I had to do by saturday morning, but my mental health was in such a bad state that I didn’t had the will to blog the rest of the weekend.

I’m excited to be posting somethins today! (even if it’s a bit late, it’s still monday in Colombia) For the last couple of weeks I have been posting  book recommendations every monday that focus on a marginalized group (Here are the 9 Books Monday posts I have written so far). These posts were so fun to make that I decided to keep doing them as a series on my blog. So, every monday, I will talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group.  Today, I will talk about 9 books with black main characters: 3 books that I read and loved, 3 books on my tbr and 3 book releasing soon.

3 Books I Read and Loved

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This was the lst book I read and I absolutely loved it. This is such a heartbreaking book and it’s really hard to read because the situations the characters end  up in are so frustrating and enraging. At the same time, this book has amazing family dynamics, great friendships, it has interesting storylines for all the characters and it has great representation. This is an #ownvoices book about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The writing in this book is brilliant, it explores race and immigration in a very complex and interesting way , the main characters are complicated and they feel authentic and getting to learn about Nigeria was incredibly fascinting.

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygn: I decided to include this graphic novel  because it not only has a black boy as the main character, it also has a diverse cast of characters that includes other POC’s, a character with an underrepresented body type and characters that belong to the LGBTQ+ community.

3 Books on my TBR 


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: A science fiction book with a black female main characters,  I can’t wait to read it! It sounds like this  book takes place in a very complex and interesting universe and it also seems like it has

This Side of Home by Renée Watson:  For what I know, this book has a mainly black cast of characters and it deals with heritage and being part of a community. Also, it discusses racism in different forms and there are reference to Black History Month and I’m excited to see how that it’s incorporated in this story.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz: This book has a black female main character that is also bisexual and has an eating disorder.  Finding a book like that has a character that lives in the intersection of so many identities is so rare that I can’t wait to read this one.

3 Books Releasing Soon 

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert:  This book has a black main character and she is also Jewish, and bisexual. Also, one of the characters in this book has a mental illness. There’s representation for a variety of  marginalized/ minority groups and I’m really excited to see how the author handles that. Release date: August 8th 2017

The Belles by Dhonelle Clayton: I have heard so many great things about this one.  It has a really interesting concept made even better by the fact that it’s a diverse, #ownvoices book. Release date: 2018

Dear Martin by Nic Stone: A part of this book is told thorugh letter that the main character is writing to Martin Luther King Jr and that’s so interesting. For what I know, this book discusses racism in a very honest and heartfelt way and I can’t wait to read it. Release date: October 17th 2017

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with black main characters? 

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15 thoughts on “9 Books with Black Main Characters

  1. I love Americanah and Chimamanda’s writing in general! My personal favourite of hers is Half of a Yellow Sun, it’s so good. 😍
    The Hate U Give and Binti are on my TBR!

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    1. I haven’t even tried to write a review for THUG. I don’t even know how would I start to convey how amazing that book is. Also, I can’t wait for the cover of The Belles. I think I haven’t anticipated the cover of a book so much in a really long time.


    1. I read We Should All be Feminists and I think the writing in that book is amazing too, but I think the fact that Americanah is fiction really let’s Ngozi Adichie display her writing so much more. If you like her writing in We Should All be Feminist, I would definitely recommend you give her fiction a try.

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  2. I’ve only read “Americanah” and being Nigerian was absolutely impressed and loved her portrayal of her characters. Will try to get a hold of the other books. Great piece!


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