Are you making time to read?
Even in the midst of this year’s madness and various cruelties, I’ve carved out reading time. Sometimes it’s been just a few minutes before bed, while eating lunch, or when one of my pots is simmering something good to eat. Little pecks of time. I’ve put aside these moments even while in the thick of my own deadlines, fighting against the psychic drag of the year’s events that has made it harder to write, harder to focus, harder to work.
This endless 2020 Black Mirror episode is why I admire so much those writers who’ve managed to finish their projects and finish them on-time this year. I raise my imaginary glass to them.
As a Black writer (who generally tries to write joy), it’s been particularly difficult this year. But I’ve been taking my victories where I can, and so today, I’m taking the time to celebrate recent books by Black Queer women. Congratulations to these wondrous darlings.
Big Girl Pill by KD Williamson
Maya Davis is done hiding. It’s left her empty and out of touch with her family. Now she’s a young woman on a mission: getting rid of residual feelings for her former best friend from college. Her plan is to put herself through a wringer by being in Nina’s upcoming wedding and burning away whatever emotions are left, so she can start anew. Her plan, however, has big holes, and everything she’s been feeling rushes through and leaves her thinking that this was a bad idea.
Hot for Teacher by Aunt Georgia Lee
Although Evelyn Hargrove is not Danielle Rivers’ teacher, she does have a lesson for this eager pupil to learn. Their relationship begins with a mutual desire to protect an innocent child, but soon it is their hearts they must guard.
About Love by Anondra Williams
From the author of black girl love comes a collection of short stories on love in the middle of life, sex, relationships, drama, hope, and failure. All from a Black woman’s perspective.
Sweet Dark Rum by Cheril N. Clarke
Erica Reed is overworked and underwhelmed with life. Despite having a thriving corporate career, she is in desperate need of a break from it all. When she goes on a spur of the moment trip to Colorado Springs, she meets Zara—a woman she’d befriended online—and Erica’s boring life takes an erogenous turn that she’ll never forget!
Femme Tales by Anne Shade
Six women find themselves in their own real-life fairy tales when true love finds them in the most unexpected ways.
Both Ways by Ileandra Young
Danika Karson, field agent of the Supernatural Prohibition, Extermination, and Arrest Regiment (SPEAR), has the highest capture and kill rate on record. That is, until the mayor of Angbec makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Moonlighting as a rogue private investigator, Danika must find the mayor’s son, presumed kidnapped by vampires.
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.
Femme Like Her by Fiona Zedde
Nailah has certain rules. She only dates studs, gets her therapy from racing her Camaro along shadowed roads, and always leaves exes in the past where they belong. But when one ex—her only femme mistake—comes back into her life bringing passion and an explosive secret, can Nailah throw out her rulebook to have a real chance at love?
If I’m missing any fiction written by/about queer Black women you love, please shout them out in the comments.