7 Recent Diverse Reads that Blew Me Away


Ever since the news got out of an extremely racist book being published (See Mason’s review here), I’ve been actively trying to read more diversely and supporting #OwnVoices authors. While all of these may not be #OwnVoices, here’s a list of 7 books that I’ve read that personally blew me away, and that you all need to try.

(By the time this post is public, this list will probably be doubled. Or tripled.)

1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

One of my few non-fictions reads, this was an extremely educational novel. I highly recommend that people who want to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement or just knowledge in the first place.

2. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

A book that was promised to be a great Reading Slump Breaker, I loved the combination of pirates, sea monsters, and lesbians. The sequel, The Edge of the Abyss, will be coming out soon, and it’s one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

3. Dreadnought by April Daniels

I had the chance to have an ARC of this book, but it comes out today! It’s about a transgender girl who inherits superpowers from a dying superhero. She has to deal with his murderer, as well has coming out. It’s such an amazing read, and it’s #OwnVoices!! Please check it out!

4. Thanks a Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst

I was approached to read this one for the Blog Tour, and I had so much fun! It was so unfortunately short, but every word was so nice. I highly recommend it, especially for teens in sports who are struggling with their sexuality.

5. Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

This short, fantastical mystery had so much diversity and love in it. My copy of this book has so many parts that are marked, and I’m waiting for my reread so I can annotate and love it all the more.

6. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

I had no clue what to expect from this one, but all I knew about it when I got it was that it had a trans main character. It had such a magical feel, with a solid ending.

7. Ida by Alison Evans

Found out that this one had genderqueer representation with they/them pronouns. This was such a fun and new read, and I can’t believe that more people don’t know about it. It’s published next week, the 30th, and please, please, try it!!

What are some recent diverse reads you’ve read? Tell me about them, I’d love to review them!

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