Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, with so many options at one's disposal, deciding on a title can prove difficult.

Huffington Post BlackVoices has compiled an extensive book list, featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, science-fiction and the autobiography.

From Ralph Ellison to Jesmyn Ward, many of the authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Others, such as Zadie Smith and Tsitsi Dangarembga, have broken literary ground abroad in countries such as Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Uganda. Stemming back to 1789 with Olaudah Equiano's "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano," these 50 titles have heavily contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.

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  • "Annie Allen" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1949)

  • "Assata: An Autobiography"  by Assata Shakur (1987)

  • "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" by Danielle Evans (2010)

  • "Breath, Eyes, Memory" by Edwidge Danticat (1999)

  • "Coffee Will Make You Black" by April Sinclair (1995)

  • "Coconut" by Kopano Matlwa (2008)

  • "Dreams of My Father" by Barack Obama (2004)

  • "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" by ZZ Packer (2004)

  • "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" by Olaudah Equiano (1789)

  • "Flight To Canada" by Ishmael Reed (1989)

  • "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange (1975)

  • "Half Of A Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Adichie (2008)

  • "Head Off & Split" by Nikky Finney (2011)

  • "Decoded" by Jay-Z (2011)

  • "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison (1952)

  • "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou (1969)

  • "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones (2003)

  • "Kindred" by Octavia Butler (1979)

  • "What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day" by Pearl Cleage (2009)

  • "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley (1987)

  • "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga (1989)

  • "The New Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander (2010)

  • "I Am Not Sidney Poitier" by Percival Everett (2012)

  • "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by James Baldwin (1953)

  • "The Other Side of Paradise" by Staceyann Chin (2009)

  • "Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class" by Lawrence Otis Graham (1999)

  • "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" by Alex Haley (1976)

  • "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison (1977)

  • "The Intuitionist" by Colson Whitehead (1999)

  • "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker (1982)

  • "The Value in the Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas" by Iyanla Vanzant (1996)

  • "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes (1925)

  • "The White Boy Shuffle" by Paul Beatty (1996)

  • "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

  • "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith (2000)

  • "The Women of Brewster Place" by Gloria Naylor (1983)

  • "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" by Audre Lorde (1982)

  • "The Warmth Of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)

  • "Sula" by Toni Morrison (1973)

  • "King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr." by Wil Haygood (2006)

  • "The Souls of Black Folks" by W.E.B Dubois (1903)

  • "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon (1961)

  • "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe (1958)

  • "Black Boy" by Richard Wright (1945)

  • "Blood In My Eye" by George Jackson (1996)

  • "Devil In A Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley (1990)

  • "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines (1993)

  • "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison (1970)

  • "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward (2011)

  • "Native Son" by Richard Wright (1940)