To-Read List

Popular titles like Americanah, Ghana Must Go, The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives are not included on this list because I’ve already enjoyed them and they’re currently resting on my bookshelf.

Below are the books I plan on reading in the near future! Titles that have been crossed off are recent purchases or newly discovered oldies in my parents’ bookshelves. To see my full TBR, add me on Goodreads!


A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta

A Deeper Love Inside  by  Sister Souljah 

Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara by Ellah W. Allfrey (editor)

Aké: The Years of Childhood  by  Wole Soyinka


Banana Bottom by Claude McKay

Becoming Abigail by  Chris Abani

Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe

Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Lokko

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed

Boy by Lindsey Collen

Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction by Terry McMillan (editor)

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah


Call Me Woman by Ellen Kuzwayo

Can We Talk and Other Stories by Shimmer Chinodya

Caribbean Chemistry: Tales from St. Kitts by Christopher Vanier


Daughters by Paule Marshall

Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

Disgrace by J.M Coetzee


Efuru by Flora Nwapa

Endings and Beginnings by Redi Thlhabi

Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole

 Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

Eyebags & Dimples by Bonnie Henna


Fine Boys by Eghosa Imasuen

Fools And Other Stories by Njabulo S. Ndebele

From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and her Island by Lorna Goodison

Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy


Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing by Jack Mapanje

Girls at War & Other Stories by Chinua Achebe

Graceland by Chris Abani


Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta 

Harmattan Rain by Ayesha Harruna Attah

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

Hiding In Plain Sight by Nurrudin Farah

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper

How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (Vol. One) by Chuma Nwokolo


I Do Not Come To You by Chance by Adaobi Nwaubani

In Dependence by Sara Ladipo Manyika

In The Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez


Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat


Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night by Sindiwe Magona

London Life, Lagos Living by Bobo Omotayo

Long Distance Life by Marita Golden

Love is Power, or Something Like That by Igoni Barrett

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela


Measuring Time by Helon Habila

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

Minaret by Leila Aboulela 


Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Never Far From Nowhere by Andrea Levy

No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff


On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe

Open City by Teju Cole

The Only Way Is Up- The Journey of an Immigrant by Folake Taylor

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola 

Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean by Peekash Press (editor)

Pig Tails ‘n Breadfruit by Austin Clarke

Powder Necklace: A Novel by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond


Saturday’s Shadows by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan 

Some Soul To Keep by J. California Cooper

Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: stories by J. California Cooper

Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English by Ken Saro-Wiwa 

The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo  

Sula by Toni Morrison

Summertime by J.M Coetzee


The Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories by Anthony C. Winkler

The Black Woman: An Anthology by Toni Cade Bambara

The Harder They Come by Michael Thelwell

The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories by Chinua Achebe

The Sun by Night by Benjamin Kwakye

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey


Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta


Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Women Are Different by Flora Nwapa 

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar

Wounding Words: A Woman’s Journal in Tunisia by Evelyne Accad


Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down by Alice Walker


Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

Any other suggestions?


17 thoughts on “To-Read List

  1. Whoa! That’s one deliciously long list! Anyway, you have only two books under ‘H’ and I am sure that you would looove “How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories” by Chuma Nwokolo. You should really check it out. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog btw.

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  2. This is one amazing list! Bookmarked!
    You could add Burnt by Onyeka Nwelue to your list. I’m yet to read it, but I’m getting it soon.
    Another book I’m hunting for is “Tomorrow died yesterday” by Chimeka Garricks. It’s a few years old so you’ve probably read it already. And, have you read “Say You’re One Of Them” by Uwem Akpan? I loved it.

    All Sefi’s books are pretty awesome!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I bought Uwem Akpan’s book this summer, so I’ll read it soon. Yeah, Sefi Atta’s “Everything Good Will Come” is on my next to-buy list! I shall look into the rest you mentioned. Thank you 🙂


  3. I started reading “The Black Woman: An Anthology by Toni Cade Bambara,” but then I graduated & had to return the book :/. I love Toni Cade Bambara!! Also, I’m going to have to borrow so many books off this list–it’s great!

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  4. Hello Darkowaa and blog readers,
    I just came across the African Book Addict blog today. The listing of books are very interested. I appreciate the diversity of region, genre, and authors. I notice that the Black Woman Anthology edited by Toni Cade Bambara is on the list. Bambara was a gifted writer, community activist, and filmmaker. The range of writings in the anthology by established and emerging writers, artists, educators, students, and mothers is important and still relevant today. Two blog readers have posted thoughtful comments on the anthology. I hope that The Black Woman anthology would be promoted more within academia and the general public.


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