Hey Y’all, long time no post! My last post was in May, over 3 months ago, and since then a lot has happened in my life and I just wasn’t feeling like I could post any good content. Also, I got a puppy and he takes up so much of my time it’s not even funny lol. The only reason I had the chance to write this post (and draft a bunch of others) is because Gus, my pup, is in his kennel for the night. He’s a perfect baby and I love him a lot. Anyways…
I’m in a Facebook group full of YA book nerds, and the other day someone posted a question for book recommendations for books that had titles starting with the letters J, K, Q, U, V, X, Y, and Z. I was able to find books with titles that started with those letters, but it made me wonder if I could list the whole alphabet, which then turned into what if I did a reading challenge like that? It finally morphed into “well, what if I made every book on the list a diverse book? So I did. I’ve been meaning to read more diversely, and this seemed like a fun way to do that! So below is my list of books that I am going to try to read this year/next year, but I don’t think I’m going to read them in alphabetical order since I’ve been in such a reading slump and don’t want to ruin this for myself. I’m just going to pick a letter at random!
So, below is my list of books I picked along with the author and whether it’s diverse. It was pretty difficult to find book titles that fit the criteria towards the end, but I tried my best! If you have any better book recommendations, let me know!
The rules for my selections:
- Must be a diverse book (I.E queer or written by an author of color, or both!)
- Must be a book I have not yet read
- Must have been a book published within the last decade
- You can use a book if the title has a “The” in front (example- The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles would count as ‘E’)
Notes- I mentioned that I can’t have read the book beforehand, so I am getting my information on whether these books could be queer by looking at the book descriptions or based on what I have heard. If I got something wrong, the book is problematic, or a book is queer that I didn’t label, please let me know!
How they’re categorized:
Book title (with link to Goodreads page), Year published, Author of Color (AoC) if applicable, Queer (LGBTQIA+) if applicable
The Book List
Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro (2018, AoC, Queer)
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (2019, AoC)
Color Outside The Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna (2019, AoC, Queer)
Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith (2020, AoC)
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee (2020, Queer)
Find Me by Tahereh Mafi (2019, AoC)
Girls of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan (2018, AoC, Queer)
How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (2020, AoC, Queer)
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver (2019, Queer)
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz (2020)
Keep This To Yourself by Tom Ryan (2019, Queer)
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (2020, AoC)
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal (220)
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (2017)
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds (2019, AoC)
The Poppy Way by Rebecca F. Kuang (2018, AoC)
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (2018, Queer-ish)
River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy (2009, AoC)
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2018, AoC)
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (2018, AoC)
Uprooted by Naomi Novak (2015)
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (2015)
With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (2019, AoC)
The XY by Virginia Bergin (2018)
Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (2020, AoC)
Zodiac by Romina Russell (2014, AoC)
So there’s my list! Have you read these? Which were your favorites?
And if you’d love to join me, feel free to follow along! I plan on posting reviews for the books I read for this, and you can comment your thoughts on the book and we can talk!
See you then!