Black Voices On My TBR – Part 3: Contemporary

Welcome to the ending of my Black Voices series!

Previously, I talked about fantasy and social commentary books that I wanted to read. Today, I’ll be talking about some contemporary books by black authors that I really want to get into. These will be a mix of young adult contemporaries and some good old romance.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

When I read the synopsis for Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, it hit home. Like really close to home. Being Haitian, it’s hard to find a book that represents exactly who you are. So when I found this book, written by Haitian sister duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, I was overcome with joy. This book follows Alaine who gets sent to Haiti as punishment for getting suspended from school. And yes, getting sent to Haiti as punishment is a normal threat in a Haitian household.

Alaine is Haitian, like me and she lives in Miami, like me. So I’m intrigued to see what her experience is like when she visits Haiti. I’d love to compare them to my own as I went with my mother when I was 14. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is a YA coming of age contemporary with a little sprinkle of romance and I can’t wait to get into it this month.

Charming As A Verb by Ben Phillipe

Charming as a Verb

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger is quite the charmer. He is a devoted first-generation Haitian son and the neighborhood dog-walker. Among all these things, he has a burning desire to attend the university of his dreams, Columbia. However, his neighbor and classmate Corinne Troy is the only one who is impervious to his charming nature. When she finds out the truth about his dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Soon, they find themselves experiencing something more through this mutual agreement than they ever imagined.

This book popped up on my recommended list on Goodreads. I was happy to find yet another Haitian author to support. I’ve never read anything by Ben Philippe, but Charming As A Verb sounds like an entertaining quick read. It already has good reviews so I’m excited to see what hijinks Halti and Corinne get into. Charming As A Verb is set to release October 13, 2020.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose is a prequel set 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It will follow Maverick, Star’s father, when he was 17 and dealing drugs in order to earn money to help his family. We’ll het see how he battles through his life with a baby on the way. He knows he can’t be a father, a student, and sling dope, so something has to give. But loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear him apart.

I loved THUG and I enjoyed Mav’s character as Star’s father. We found out in THUG that he used to be in a gang, but somehow left the gang life years before. I can’t wait to read more about his story. Concrete Rose is set to release January 12, 2021.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson


Enchanted Jones wakes up one day with blood on her hands and no recollection of what happened the night before. All signs point to Enchanted being R&B artist Korey Fields’ killer. Korey was supposed to be her ticket to stardom. He took her under his wing after discovering her at an audition. But there was a dark side she wasn’t expecting. And now he’s dead and the police, his fans, and Enchanted have questions.

Grown has been circling bookstagram for sometime now and I love mysteries, so I had to add this to my TBR. I’ve never read anything by Tiffany D. Jackson but I’ve heard so much good things about Grown.

The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

There is nowhere I can go in the book community where I won’t see someone talking about one of these books. Everyone is raving about the Brown sisters series by Talia Hibbert and I feel so late to the party! Since fall is finally here, I’m definitely in the mood for some romance reads. Each book follows a Brown sister through life and love and I can’t wait to take the journey with them!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown and Take A Hint, Dani Brown are already out. Act Your Age, Eve Brown is set to release March 9, 2020.

So many books, but so little time! I need more hours in the day; sleep and work take up too much of my hours. But that’s it for my Black Voices series. I had fun discovering more black authors who write about black characters across multiple genres. Hopefully, I’ll able to read all these books soon!

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