I love The Hate U Give and Children of Blood and Bone as much as the next person (and very much appreciate all they've done for the book community), but I wanted to use today's recommendation post in honor of Black History Month to highlight some quieter, smaller YA releases from black authors. Diverse books with huge marketing budgets behind them … Continue reading 18 Underrated Books by Black Authors for Black History Month!
I am so so excited to announce this challenge to y'all! 2019 is full of so many awesome releases by Asian authors, and I can't boost them enough! So me and some friends (CW, Lily, & Shealea) have started this reading challenge so we can enjoy awesome Asian novels--old and new--as well as have fun … Continue reading Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Have Fun Reading More Diversely! 🎉
To end 2018, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday left in the year will be dedicated to a list of 6 books that absolutely wowed me this year. Today is all about diverse books, and 2018 did so well with all the diverse books that came out, I'm quaking??? Like, there were so many amazing … Continue reading Best of 2018: Favorite Diverse Books
Based on popular demand, I have some reading recommendations for teens of all ages! I have a more complete list of some of my most relatable reads coming in the future in partnership with someone else, so you'll have to wait on that, but for now, here are some reading recommendations for teens 12+! This post was … Continue reading Reading through the Ages: YA Book Recommendations for Teens of Any Age!
4.5 stars Orïsha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie Adebola’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. A ruthless king ordered all the maji to be killed, leaving Zélie and her people missing both loved ones and hope. But when the change to bring … Continue reading A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
A couple weeks ago, I came across a conundrum. I had read a book, and there were people of color featured in it, but it felt unequivocally white. There were some characters of color, but they were trussed up in medieval style clothing and medieval culture with lords and ladies and princes, princesses, too-tight corsets, … Continue reading What Qualifies as “Diverse”?
I am a huge sucker for romantic comedies. In YA, I don't really like seeing full blown romances because nearly every time, they're not convincing to me. I don't know any teenagers that I immediately think "That's the couple that's truly in love. I bet they'll be married for 84 years." Sorry, but no. Which … Continue reading 13 Diverse Romcom Contemporaries That Will Make You Aww
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for American Panda by Gloria Chao! This is such an amazing #OwnVoices contemporary, and I have a lot of fun things lined up for you! There's an interview with the author, and even a giveaway (which you should definitely enter! or maybe not so I can win) … Continue reading American Panda by Gloria Chao: Interview, Review, & Giveaway!
5 stars Love, Hate & Other Filters is an #OwnVoices debut about an Indian-American Muslim teen who both forges her own path in life as well as confronts Islamophobia. Maya Aziz wants to go to film school in New York City and pursue her dream boy, not attend a college close to home and be … Continue reading ARC: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
One of the things I love to see on a YA book cover is some good ol' representation of people from all over the world. And so, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite book covers displaying POC loud and proud on the front of them. Ember in the Ashes (Remake … Continue reading Cover Geek #18: Book Covers with POC Representation