Only Reading White Authors? Here are 20 Books by Authors of Color to Read!!

[whispers] The whites are at it again.

There were some Things going on other other certain online book platforms, so my response was to say nothing about it and instead write a post here, recommending books by authors of color that you should read, especially if you’re only reading from white authors!

These are by no means all the books I love that are by authors of color! Most of these are YA, with 2 Adult and 2 Middle Grade, and there are tons of more amazing books by AOC. So I’m going to link to Fadwa @ Word Wonders and Shri @ Sun and Chai, who both have wonderful initiatives that help boost authors of color, so you can follow them and get more recs!

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My Top 5 Favorite Diverse Romantic Couples in Celebration of Valentine’s Day!! (aka None of You Are Surprised)

I hate Valentine’s Day!

Call me a cynic but I just. feel so weird about getting sappy and sentimental (not really). I know I do it quite often but I like to appear Cold and Unemotional (not really) and Valentine’s Day just messes it all up!

BUT I do appreciate a good sappy romantic post now and then (not really), which is why today I’m going to share some of my favorite diverse romantic relationships!! I don’t know how I managed to narrow it down to just 5, but I love all of them very much.

Also, I just wanted to note how weird it is that while most fictional books have romance, I feel like in contemporaries it’s more prominent (since in fantasies there’s a whole lot of other things happening, like being on the Brink of Death), yet fantasy ships are the ones I find myself and others obsessing over the most??? I don’t know, just a weird thing I noticed!

NOTE: I’ve also included my favorite art of the couple as well! All art is credited of course, and I love them so much and looking at them makes me cry.
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It’s My Birthday! So Here are Books that Represent Me and Mean a Lot to Me (Because Birthday Means I’m Sappy!)

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!

(I posted this 5 minutes before midnight in my time zone but it still counts!!! I can’t help being a procrastinator and writing this post at 10pm okay.)

In “celebration” of my birthday, I decided to talk about books that mean a lot to me / represent me. Because I feel like it’s very on brand of me to talk about books on a day that’s supposed to be all about me*, and books have been worth more than any birthday gift (unless they are, of course, the birthday gift).

And in general, I’m just sappy on my birthday, so why not cry over books that mean everything to me??? I’m getting older and deserve to get a little sentimental about it!!

*I’m kidding! Mostly!

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How To Fill The Hole in Desi Teens’ Hearts: Guest Post by Kav @xreadingsolacex

As I think I’ve said many times before on this blog, representation is important.

I mean, I’ve discussed it quite a few times and as a marginalized person I’m ALWAYS going to be looking for books that represent me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m saying this.

But today, instead of ME talking about how representation of marginalized people is important, I have a guest poster!

Kav reached out to me for some help with a project they’d been planning for some time. Obviously, being friends with her and loving what she was trying to do with this project, I’m having them guest post on my blog about why When Dimple Met Rishi should have a movie adaptation!

I haven’t read WDMR yet, but I’m excited to, and I’m truly glad that this book exists to represent Indian and Desi teens.

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