This is so overdue! I spoke awhile ago about consciously changing my reading habits to ensure that it was more diverse. At the end of that post I promised a reading list and then, you know, life happens. Here are some #ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks that I have enjoyed. There are a ton of others. I am concentrating on YA realistic fiction that has been fairly recently published in this list just be clear. There is a whole diverse fantasy world that I NEED to get into to.
All American Boys
By Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
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Release date: September 29, 2015
This was one of the most powerful books that I have read in the last year. If a book could personify zeitgeist this book has managed it. This book is both well written and important as hell. I kind of want to buy a thousand copies and leave them around everywhere for people.
This is the story of a Native American boy living on a reservation near Buffalo (ah, home sweet home) during the winter of 1977. It is a very moving story about friendship and identity. Excellent use of music as well.
A novel is verse, which isn't usually my thing, but this book managed to overcome that. I love how it explores the idea of figuring out who you are when the thing that you have defined yourself with disappears.
To All the Boys I've Love Before
By Jenny Han
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Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Release date: April 15th 2014
Because fluffy happiness and butterflies.
As I said before there are a TON of people more qualified to speak on this subject than me. But this is an issue that we all need to see and do whatever small part we can to address. We are all missing out on some amazing books because they aren't being published.
I would like to do some internetting and see if I can come up with a list of links to specific articles/posts of all those people that I mentioned that know more about this than I do.
What book would you add to this list?