Ten books by black authors you need to read this month
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October is Black History Month, and here at TNS we thought we would celebrate by sharing these amazing books by black authors that everyone needs to read, if you haven't already. Tomi Adeyemi. Image: Luigi Novi. 1. The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas Given that the movie is coming out this month, now would be the perfect time to pick up Angie Thomas' hit YA novel: inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The Hate U Give follows Starr as she attempts to navigate the aftermath of her best friend Khalil being shot by the police. The book has made waves since its release due to the honest and matter of fact way it deals with police brutality towards African-Americans, so definitely a must read for Black History Month. 2. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone is an epic fantasy novel following an all-black cast of characters (a real rarity in fantasy!) as they fight to return magic to their land. I read this book this year and it's one of my favourite books of 2018, it's a super exciting adventure story with really flawed and complex characters and such an awesome magic system. Fantasy fans will eat this one up! 3. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman Noughts and Crosses is the first of a five book series (the fifth book comes out next year), in a world where racism is reversed, Crosses (black people) are the ruling class and Noughts (white people) are treated as inferior. The story follows Sephy, a Cross, and Callum, a Nought, childhood friends who fall in love despite the prejudices of their society and have to deal with the fallout which comes from that. This book is one of my absolute favourites, I reread it a couple of years ago and it's still just as powerful now as it was then, 4. Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race-Reni Eddo-Lodge
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