28 Days of #BlackLit!

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black girl in a library peruses a shelf of books as though putting a book back or taking one off the shelf. She is holding one book in her hand.]

For each day of Black History Month, I counted down (on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) 28 books that I believe are essential reading, particularly for black people under the hashtag #BlackLit.

This is the compilation of that list.

28. Gathering the Waters by Keisha Gaye Anderson

27. The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

26. The Good House by Tananarive Due

25. Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

24. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

23. My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid

22. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

21. Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris

20. Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

19. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

18. Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

17. Long Division by Kiese Laymon

16. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

15. Dawn by Octavia Butler

14. Paradise by Toni Morrison

13. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

12. Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker

11. The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

10. Kindred by Octavia Butler

9. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

7. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

6. A Mercy by Toni Morrison

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

4. The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

3. The Sexy Part of the Bible by Kola Boof

2. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

1. Beloved by Toni Morrison