7 Books to Read Summer 2019


If you are like me I prefer to plan out my seasonal reads ahead of time, and with summer only a few weeks away I have started to pull summer selection off my shelves.

Although you can read what you want when you, I tend to go for lighter/fun reads around this time of year, so here are the top 7 book recommendation under the sun, written by women of color for your reading pleasure.


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 

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The National Book Award–winning YA author of The Poet X returns with a story about a teen mother who aspires to become a chef. 


The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

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A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this historical fiction thriller.


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall 

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Rachel Howzell Hall is back with a highly entertaining stand-alone that pays homage to Agatha Christie from her novel And Then There Were None.  In They All Fall Down, Howzell Hall gives us the classic plot twists established by Christie.


Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen

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Seen all over Instagram a debut by Jayne Allen, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted tells the story of a black woman with a demanding schedule trying to cope with some dire medical news.


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

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This funny and heartbreaking novel is being compared as Bridget Jones's Diary meets Americanah, but this little lady carries her own. A Jamaican British woman breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and finds herself heading towards a blackhole of trouble.


The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose by Oprah Winfrey 

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I‘ll be honest I am not a fan of self-help books, but occasionally I come across one that makes me say otherwise. In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success but how to pursue it with passion and focus.


Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

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 A debut from Emma Dabiri and a voyage to empowerment. Don't Touch My Hair is centers on the Black hair and for Dabiri, this story begins with an upbringing in Ireland, where her hair was a “constant source of deep, deep shame”. She explores black hair history relating to her own Nigerian ancestry as well as in the US, the UK and other parts of Africa and Latin America. 


Anna Isaac is the creator and innovator behind Never Without a Book and Diverse Classics Book Club. Born and raised in Florida. Because representation plays a big part in her TBR stacks, Anna aims to inspire and motivate not only readers but also non-readers to read more and diversify their bookshelves. Find her at @never_withouta_book & @diverseclassics (Instagram), and @withoutabook & @classicsdiverse (Twitter)