This week’s topic is PICK YOUR OWN. So of course, I thought I would choose a topic near and dear to my heart: multicultural literature. I feel that we can learn so much about people from books and I quite enjoy reading multicultural books. ALSO, I know that books by authors of color typically do not get the same amount of marketing by white authors. It’s why sometimes when you go to stores you have to search really hard to find a book by an author of color, or they are relegated to sections like: African American Lit, etc. SO, as a book blogger, I like to review books by authors of color from time to time because I have a huge platform to talk about those books. /ramble
Top 10 Books To Color Your Reading:
1. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Why? Sherman Alexie brings the tears and the laughter with dignity while describing Junior’s experience being the first Rez kid to go to a white school.
2. What Can’t Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
Why? A girl caught between loyalty to her family and following her dreams. Also Math. Contemporary fans THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU!
3. When The Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
Why? This sexy, sexy book has it all: drama, romance, MARCHING BAND, Carmen, STEAM. EVERY THING. FYI I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO READ IT!
4. Bitter Melon by Cara Chow
Why? You ever dislike a bad character SO much that you want to shake them? That’s how I feel about the mother in Bitter Melon. ALSO THERE IS DEBATE TEAM. Nerd love, yo.
5. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
Why? Epic fantasy is how I roll. I love it when I read fantasy that deviates from the vaguely European norm. And yo, Jemisin brings the epic.
6. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Why? Graphic novel about the Iranian revolution. Do I for serious need to say more? No, no I don’t.
7. Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok
Why? BOOM characterization. I fell, fell, fell for this book.
8. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Why? Amari, I love you and how prickly you are because you obvs have REASONS. Sigh.
9. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Why? MORE COMICS! And actually a pretty clever way of talking about being second generation and first generation and being perceived as Other. ALSO massively entertaining.
10. The Silence Of Our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos Illustrated by Nate Powell
Why? Yes, yes, EVEN MORE COMICS. Yo, I love graphic novels. The Silence Of Our Friends is based on a true story, but with some fictional elements all about the failure of people to speak out against things that are wrong. And also how awesome it is when you stand up for the right thing. IT IS SO GOOD OMG.