Before I became a part of the bookish community, most of my reads were by straight white authors with likewise leads. Since then, I have become so much more aware due to lots of lovely people who promote diversity on their blogs/ booktube etc.
As an Asian myself, I understand how important it is for different cultures to be shown in books, and it is a different feeling altogether to feel represented. In the last couple of months, more than half of the books I’ve read recently are by Asian authors or have Asian characters so I am proud of how far I’ve come.
Diversity in books can mean a lot of things, but this list shall be focusing on books written by POC authors and/or having POC leads. In the first part of this post, I’ll be showcasing some of my favourite diverse reads with their highlights and in the second part, I’ll be listing diverse books which I’ve not read but are on my TBR!
I hope you have your Goodreads (or wherever you make your tbr list) open and ready, because we are starting now!
(the formatting is off in the Reader, kindly click here to read further!)
💘 spirits (and a certain sweet but possessive, bad boy spirit)
💘 mexican culture
💘 themes of identity and acceptance
💘 fantasy with contemporary feel
The Girl Who Drank The Moon
💘 whimsical, dreamy writing
💘 magic running wild
💘 multiple third person POVs
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
💘 talking goldfishes and lion statues
💘 chinese folklore
💘 beautiful atmosphere and conclusion
We Hunt The Flame
💘 arabia – inspired fantasy
💘 atmospheric setting and brilliant world-building
💘 subtle found family with lots of banter
💘 morally grey characters
A Clash Of Steel
💘 set in imperial china
💘 pirates! and lost treasure!
💘 strong woman characters
💘 treasure island retelling
How We Fall Apart
💘 majority of the cast is Asian
💘 thrilling murder mystery
💘 set in an elite prep school
💘 secrets and rivalry and revenge
💘 secret society
💘 a world where books are banned
💘 deep and meaningful writing
💘 pirate stories!
We Are Not Free
💘 set during WWII
💘 love, life and laughs amidst war
💘 14 POVs
💘 heart wrenching and impactful
Here are 8 diverse books I am yet to read, but will hopefully be picking up soon!
Have you read any of these? Do you have any more diverse recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!