So I did promise myself that I’d read more diverse books, and it’s one of those goals that I really want to see through. I asked twitter if they have any recommendations for diverse books and, along with the ones in my to-read list that I really need to get too soon, compiled them in this list. And here they are! Links take them to their Goodreads pages.
I add more books to this list when I come across them so feel free to suggest more diverse reads in the comments!
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – Frances, a study machine, becomes part of Aled’s podcast that goes viral… something she didn’t want to happen. Now she most confront her past and confess why Carys disappeared…
- Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – It’s 1919 in Boston and Corinne and her best friend are hermopaths–people who can create illusions through art. They perform at the Cast Iron Club at night and con elites by day. But when a job goes wrong, they are forced to hunt for answers and face betrayals at every turn…
- Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – Agoraphobic Solomon meets Lisa and Clark and the three form a friendship. But as Sol and Clark grow closer, the walls around them break and their friendship is jeopardized.
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe – Four months ago, Chloe’s friend Mina died in a drug deal gone wrong… but Chloe’s keeping a secret: Mina was deliberately murdered. Can Chloe track the killer before they come for her?
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – Amanda is a new girl in Lambertville, Tennessee, just trying to make friends. She meets Grant Everett, and he makes her want to tell him everything but she’s afraid to. Because the reason she moved places is because that she once was called Andrew.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante are nothing alike. But the more they spend time together, they discover that their relationship is the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime, and they discover who they want to become.
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Based on the real-life story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year olds taking part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record, all the while narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.
- When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – Roses grow out of Miel’s wrists, and Sam paints moons and hangs them in trees. The Bonner Sisters want the roses from Miel’s skin, believing they can make anyone fall in love, and they’re willing to expose everything about Miel to get them.
- The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – Natasha’s family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica, and she’s not interested with falling in love with that cute boy in the crowded streets of NYC. But fate has different plans for both of them…
I think I’m most excited to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Sun Is Also A Star, just because they’re such a hyped up books, and probably half the bookstagram accounts I follow have featured them in their photos! Aside from that, I really want to try If I Was Your Girl because I’m dying to read some romance. I hope it has a good ending!
I also really want to read When the Moon was Ours, mainly because of the author’s dedication:
To the boys that get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these worlds.
To those called names,
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky.
It just really tugs at my heartstrings, especially the part about wishing for them every light in the sky! It’s a very hopeful, positive thought, and I think that everyone deserves light in their life, no matter what they were born as. No one should ever feel like they don’t deserve it.
If you want to read reviews about diverse books I already read, head on to my list here!
What do you think about my list? Have you read any books from here? Do you have any recommendations you’d like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!