Hello, book lovers! 💕
In light of everything that’s going one in the world, I want to sit and think about all of (or a majority of) the diverse books I’ve read and the ones I really want to get to. Because being that I’m not a person of color, I feel like I should educate myself as best as I can. I know I can’t ever imagine what it’s like for those who are going through this hardship firsthand. but I do know I stand with them. Even if I can’t go to protests or anything, I stand with them. Because they matter just as much as I do or anyone else. I know it’s a lot more complicated than this, but we’re all human regardless of our skin color, and it saddens me to think that there are people out there who don’t see that. But unfortunately that is the reality.
So I want to first share a couple of the diverse authors I’ve read books from, specifically those authors who are black. These books impacted me and taught me so much, though I know I have a lot more to learn. I’m not going to go into too much detail with what they are about, but just know, they are worth the read.
One of my favorite POC authors is Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give and On The Come Up. They are absolutely fantastic in every way. They’re powerful and eye-opening, and they give the reader some insight on what it’s like to be black in today’s society.
Another POC author I absolutely love is Elizabeth Acevedo. I cried after reading her first book, The Poet X. And her second book, With the Fire on High was equally as good. They were so vibrant and emotional. Elizabeth Acevedo has a recent release, Clap When You Land, that I want to read very soon.
Another POC author I’ve read books from is Tomi Adeyemi. She wrote the Legacy of Orïsha series, the first book being Children of Blood and Bone. I have yet to get to the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, but I definitely plan on it soon.
Looking at the list, I feel like there are so many more diverse books out there that I should read, though these were just off the top of my head and ones that were specifically written by black authors. But it kind of shocks me that these are the only ones I read so far.
That’s why I wanted to include diverse books that I haven’t read yet, but I know I want to get too really soon. I want to expand my knowledge as much as I possibly can.
I’m currently reading The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’m not that far into it, but I already know that it’s most likely going to be one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.
Again, this list isn’t that long, and I wish I could say I’ve read more books that were written by black authors. It’s kind of shameful that I haven’t, so if you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!