Reading List: 2018’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

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View a list of all the critically acclaimed titles on our list from 0 to 2019.


  1. An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
  2. A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
  3. Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
  4. Better Late Than Never (Final Book in Reverend Curtis Black Series #15) by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  5. Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray
  6. Housegirl: A Novel by Michael Donkor
  7. Whiskey & Ribbons: A Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith


  1. The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
  2. Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills
  5. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
  6. May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem by Imani Perry


  1. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  2. I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
  3. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  4. The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis


  1. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) by Terrance Hayes