There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book.

Everyone needs a diversion every once in a while.

From stories of family love and loss to personal adversity, perspectives on Black female lives to feeling comfortable in our own skin, check out our list of 10 Books Black Women Need to Read Right Now:

1. The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett 


2. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward


National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. Buy on Amazon

3. The Homecoming: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi


The story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history. Buy on Amazon

4. Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day by Ty Alexander


Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her readers on a deeply emotional level. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow. Buy on Amazon

 5. Swing Time by Zadie Smith


Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. Buy on Amazon

6. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis


In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Buy on Amazon

7. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi


Luvvie Ajayi’s debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives -from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook. Buy on Amazon

8. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, this collection of short stories maps, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. Buy on Amazon

9. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston