While beach reading might be a bit different this year due to obvious reasons that doesn’t mean you can’t escape the confines of your own home by going on a written getaway.

You might not be able to luxuriate on a beach this year, but these books could definitely take you there. You’ve just got use your imagination!

ESSENCE has selected 14 books by Black authors that are so necessary to read right now–from children’s books to romance novels. Whether it’s a love story of which Black women rarely get to be the star, or the uncovering of Black history that needs to be passed down throughout generations, these books tell our story.

Check out which books to binge right now:

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