Friday Favorites: Diverse Reads!

Happy Friday bibliophiles! Kibby started this tag at Something of the Book. It’s a fun way to celebrate the books you love on one of the best days of the week!

This week is all about diverse books, which I am totally in the mood for with pride month right around the corner. I’ve been speckling my Instagram page with pink, purple, and blue for like 2 weeks already! A lot of my favorite stories are ones that don’t exclusively feature people who look like me, go figure. Today I would like to feature some own voices stories that I’ve especially loved.

1. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Wow I loved this book. It centers on a half-taiwanese girl grieving the recent loss of her mother. It’s moving and magical. One of my very favorite tales of magical realism.

2. The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

This one was a more recent read for me! Full of queer witches in the forests of California. I absolutely love how Amy Rose talks about love, and I cannot wait to read lots more of her books in the future.

3. Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

Uh Oh, controversy! For real though, I loved this book and the fact that it was filled to the brim with Asian characters. I think Amelie has some very important things to say about racism and oppression, and I am so happy that she has decided to go forward with publishing the book. Can’t wait to read the final version, though I do hope they keep the cover, it’s so beautiful.

4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti is a very large Science Fiction story in a small package. The covers are beautiful and the writing is awesome. I need to finish the series and finally get the hardcover bind up someday. If you need more Sci-Fi on your shelf and you don’t have Binti, go ahead and fix that.

5. March by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

March is one of my absolute favorite graphic novels. It so clearly illustrates how the comic book format can be used to educate and inform readers. In a lot of ways it’s a more personal and almost visceral experience. Though it is by no means a fun read, it is an important one. I highly recommend this trilogy of graphic novels to every living human.

Those are some of my favorite diverse reads! I need more on my shelves though. Please recommend some of your favorites in the comments!


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