The title says it all! Today we’ll be discussing our favourite diverse reads of the year (so far, since it’s only July). This has been a great year in terms of published books with diverse characters, and we loved all of them! Being POC ourselves, this is always refreshing to see, especially with the WNDB movement. 😀 Here is a short list of our faves:
1. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon’s voice is one we adored. The book really touches on a lot of great aspects of diversity, specifically LGBTQ teens. Simon + Blue 5ever! ❤
2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
One of my favourite books of the year (Sasha hasn’t read it yet). I loved the setting and all the Persian aspects. It’s a lush, epic fantasy that was amazing!
3. The Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
We loved how this book had an Asian MC (like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), and it was super refreshing for a contemporary revenge story! Here’s our trilogy review! 😀
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This is my favourite book of the year by far. A great fantasy in a Roman-like world. PLUS it’s written by a POC author and has a diverse cast. Win-win!
Here’s my ARC review!
5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Basically the creepiest book we read all year, even though we’re not horror junkies. We both read this in one sitting (ahhh!) and wrote a review here. And an MC with Mexican heritage was really great–especially with her grandmother.
That’s all for now! What diverse reads have you read and loved? Leave a comment below!