Diverse Books I Want To Read

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Happy Friday, everyone! In case you missed my post a couple of weeks ago, I’m going to be participating in Hype or Like Friday from time to time. I became part of this group last year when it was created and decided to finally join in, haha. If you’re not sure what Hype or Like Friday is, check out the Goodreads group here. The short version: each month has a different theme and a popular book. Every Friday there’s a post for group members to post and then at the end of the month, everyone reviews the book and says whether or not it deserves the hype. I’m not going to be able to read the book this month, but I wanted to do a couple of the posts anyway. This week participants are sharing some of the diverse books they want to read. I could easily put dozens of books on this list, but I tried to limit it to only a few. Feel free to chime in with comments and let me know what you thought of these if you’ve read any of them!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore book cover

I don’t think I’ve seen a single negative review of this book. I haven’t read anything by McLemore before (I know, a major oversight on my part), but I need to fix that very soon.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by becky albertalli book cover

I absolutely must read this book before the movie comes out! I’ve been meaning to read this for so long now and I’m hoping that the movie release will give me the final push to pick it up.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver book cover

Adam Silvera is another one of those authors that I really need to finally read. More Happy Than Not is at the top of my list simply because I own it, but all of his books are on my TBR.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee book cover

I heard so many good things about this book when it first released. I’ve had it taken out from the library for awhile now, but still haven’t gotten around to it. I desperately need to change that, though!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi book cover

I’ve seen surprisingly little about this book, but it sounds so fantastic. Those of you who are familiar with my blog know that I’m always looking for more racially diverse books to read, so that’s one of the reasons this is on my list.

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins book cover

This is on my radar for similar reasons as American Street: it’s written by and about a woman of color, plus it sounds amazing. I might have to get this next time I go to the library.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao book cover

I’ve wanted to read this ever since I heard it was an Asian Snow White retelling. I mean, really – what’s not to like about that?!

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo book cover

I honestly cannot believe that I still have yet to read this book. I was dying to read it before it even released last year and then I won a copy from Goodreads. I still haven’t read a book that has a trans MC and is written by a trans author, so I definitely need to pick this up.

What diverse books are on your TBR?


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22 thoughts on “Diverse Books I Want To Read

  1. I need to read every one of these books except SIMON.I loved it so much though.WILD BEAUTY looks gorgeous and I have FOTL.I am just waiting for the right moment,I guess.Thank you for giving me some more diverse recs 🙂

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  2. Um, how have you not read Simon VS yet??? That book is honestly so fantastic! I can’t wait until we get more movie content because even just the little Halloween party sneak peek we got was so fantastic! Though, maybe don’t pay too much attention to the content as you MIGHT get yourself spoiled – especially if you pay close attention to the fandom’s reaction to certain people. It’s what happened for me unexpectedly!

    More Happy Than Not, American Street and Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns are all on my TBR too! I just need to get to them already – especially American Street! I talked about it on the blog before the book came out and I still haven’t read it…

    Also, this sounds like such a fantastic post idea, I might just have to check out the group, thank you for mentioning it again today! I can’t quite remember if I read your other post before!

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  3. WILD BEAUTY HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVER EVER. Just Sayin’

    I have Forest and Epic Crush on my shelves and I HONESTLY NEED TO READ THEM. What is wrong with me?! I haven’t ready any SILVERA NOVEL. I know, kill me now but I’ve never got the opportunity *hides* Love diverse books and think it’s super important to read them and create a TBR themed around them!

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  4. What a fantastic list! I adore Simon Vs (I’m actually rereading it right now, haha), Wild Beauty, More Happy, and If I Was Your Girl. Genie Lo, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and You Bring the Distant Near are all on my TBR, as well!

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