Hi Brittle Paperians! We have an exciting list of African beach reads for your summer vacations. Whether you’re relaxing by a tropical beach, swimming in a neighborhood pool, or vacationing in the mountains, pick up any of these books for a quick and fun read!

We have a good mix here. All the books on the list are either published in 2024 or forthcoming in a few weeks.  Some of our 2024 favorites are Jane Igharo’s newest romance With Love, Miss Americanah, Tlotlo Tsamaase’s sci-fi story Womb City, Akwaeke Emezi’s latest novel Little Rot, and Damilare Kuku’s humorous debut Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow.

If you love short stories, check out Uche Okonkwo’s A Kind of Madness, Wole Talabi’s sci-fi collection Convergence Problems, Ama Asantewa Diaka’s someone birthed them broken, and African Ghost Short Stories, the first ever African horror anthology.

For YA lovers, we have Djamila Morani’s murder thriller The Djinn’s Apple and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s gripping mystery Where Sleeping Girls Lie.

We hope you find something you like in this carefully curated list. Enjoy the summer and happy reading!