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Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse

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Happy Sunday! Instead of telling you what I’m up to, I decided to do something different. A Diverse Universe event is coming up and I thought I’ll write a list post for anyone who’s thinking about joining the event and don’t know what to read.

Bloggers like Aarti and Nymeth have eloquently written about why more people should read diversely. I’m not going to do it. I’ve realized that exploring works of art based on an author’s race means being open to something different. And either you are open to that or you’re not. Readers love the adventures that books can take them on, like new worlds light-years away or a dystopian version of the world they live in. Looking at race can be a different and harder thing to do. But it doesn’t have to be.

It’s an ongoing process, one that means making a decision book by book. It doesn’t mean suddenly changing the way you read overall. I, myself, have been guilty of not reading many books by people of color over the years. Or, I’ll read them but don’t review them. This year has been fantastic with books by people of color dominating my reviews, but I still have work to do.

Some critics have stated that by purposely choosing to read a book written by a person of color, you’re excluding whites. Well, that’s true. When you’re in the mood to read science fiction or fantasy that means excluding all writers who don’t write in that genre. Race isn’t any different. Nor is it any different when choosing to read books that won certain awards or set in different countries or translated from other languages. I hope everyone who reads this post makes a decision to pick up a book by a person of color. Like I stated earlier, that choice is up to you.

The books on my list were all published this year. I decided to give newly released books more bookish love than those that were published in previous years. By buying, borrowing, or reviewing new releases shows the gatekeepers that books by people of color are desired by readers.

Note: Most of the links to the titles below will take you to Goodreads. Several will take you to my reviews or the reviews of other bloggers.

Looking for a short read?

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I don’t read short stories often enough though I love them. The great thing about them is that you can often find amazing ones online via Tor and other online publications.


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Have you read any of these books? What newly released books would you recommend?


25 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse”

  1. Love the cover and concept of Pioneer Girl. What fun! Lots of great books to choose from — thanks!

  2. What a great collection you have put together for us here, so many titles are new to me. It’s true that were either open to reading about diverse cultures, or we’re not. For me, reading internationally has increased my pleasure and knowledge exponentially. I love love love getting out of my little corner in Illinois to the big wide world through books.

  3. I am reading The Book of Unknown Americans on audiobook right now. I’m really enjoying it! I will have my review up for #Diversiverse, too. I am hoping to review a few books by people of different cultures and in different genres to show just how much there is out there.

    Great points about reading based on race above – and I agree. Sadly, you are either going to convince someone or you are not . People always have excuses for everything. But I’m not above shaming people into doing it by making them feel left out while everyone else is participating 😉

  4. This is a great list! You have some of my favorite books of the year here (An Untamed State, Everything I Never Told You) and several others I’ve really enjoyed. I’m really excited for this event and looking forward to starting my first book promptly tomorrow morning!

  5. Awesome suggestions! I definitely second This One Summer and Amulet. I’m planning on reading An Untamed State for #diversiverse this year and I can’t wait!

  6. I’ve read a few of these and thought they were great. I’ll bookmark this page so I don’t forget about your other suggestions.

  7. Great list! I can recommend Kim Fu’s book and Cristina Henriquez’s. And you know that I love love love This One Summer. The Amulet series is one that I need to catch up on; I only read the first but am keen to see the newest (the sixth, I think) which has just come out.

    I still haven’t picked my read but I do have a stack now. And then I saw your list. And now I have a whole bunch of library holds coming my way. That might disrupt my stack. Slightly. Or massively. Thanks.

  8. I realize what I am going to say, but are you going to be putting up a September linky or not? Its already the 3rd and September only has 27 days left. Tick…tock…tick…tock…

  9. Podcastle did an excellent auido version of Ken Lui’s “Paper Managerie.” i’ve no idea if it’s still available but you can check their website or iTunes. It’s a free download.

  10. I really need to read more diverse. I feel like I get caught up reading some of the “same” stuff and sometimes you just need a push to get out of your comfort zone. Great list and I’ll have to add some of these to my TBR list.

    Also, Vasilly, I’ve been meaning to tell you I got the lovely paper pack you sent me! Thank you so much. Made my day!

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