Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

It took me a quick second to get into this book, but once I got into it I was hooked. I’ve read a lot of fantasy and this has to be one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a while. I didn’t think this was an easy read. I didn’t think this was one…

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Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

I’ll admit, this is one of those books I picked up because the cover was gorgeous. I’d never heard of Mary HK Choi or the work she’s done, but I knew she wrote a YA for the current generation of kids and that it was epic. The cover seemed like a bonus. Here’s more about…

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Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

As I write this, I’m also reading an article about how a 19-year-old girl was attacked at her local hospital. She was wearing her hijab and a 57-year-old man came up from behind her and proceeded to punch her repeatedly in the back of her head. Why? The article doesn’t go into the details as…

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

If you were born a first-generation child of an immigrant, then this story will resonate so much in your heart that it might break. Here’s more about the book At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is…

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan

This is an incredible story about how a young teenager sets out to find the truth behind her mother’s passing. What she finds is something way more than she imagined. Here’s more about the book Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.…

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I loved this book. It’s just quirky and fun with a hint of seriousness in it. If you’re looking to get away from some heavy diverse reading, then this diverse contemporary romance will whisk you to better and more fun-loving days. Here’s some more about the book Agreeing to go to a wedding with a…

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Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

“A novelist is a person who lives in other people’s skins.” – E. L. Doctorow I didn’t know much about Forough Farrokhzad. I’ve actually never heard the name before, but when I received this book from Netgalley, I was interested in reading the life of a poet and how that life can be fictionalized to…

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

An epic fantasy with daring sword fights, magic spells, but no prince in disguise. This is a book you’ll want to read, fall in love with, and hopefully see it turn into a movie. Here’s more about the book Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century…

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Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

When you read this story, you’re going to be taken aback. You’re going to assume this is the story about young women who are kidnapped and rapped and treated like dirt and you’ll feel this overwhelming need to protect and speak out for these women. What you won’t understand is that this life is a…

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Why I read diverse books

I was going to hold off on posting this for a few days, but I’ve been feeling down lately and decided to post this today. This is a question I’ve been trying to post about for a little while now. I think for a lot of people “diverse reads” means something different to them. It…

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