This is one of the most important discussions in the book industry right now.
We need diversity in books. Badly. Here are some books I’ve read in the last few years that I think you should pick up.
The Candle and the Flame
I was lucky enough to read a review copy of this book.
Basic premise: a girl learns about where she comes from, and learns to use her Djinn fire magic.
- Slow burn read
- 5-7 different point of views
- Set on the Silk Roads
- Fantasy setting with lots of fire magic
- Romantic ending
- Intricate, lush writing
An Ember in the Ashes
Basic premise: Laia’s brother is taken. She must save him, so she disguises herself as a servant to get into the castle.
- Fast-paced read
- Content warning for violence
- Dual perspective
- Set in a Roman, brutal world
- Heart-racing action
- Addictive read; you won’t want to put it down
When Dimple Met Rishi
Basic premise: Indian American students who have been set up by their parents end up meeting in school. Dimple doesn’t want anything to do with romance, and Rishi does.
- Fun, quick read with lots of cute romance
- Coding nerds
- Dial perspective between Dimple and Rishi
- Light read with more serious topics
The Hate U Give
Basic premise: a black girl must deal with the aftermath of the police shooting and killing her friend. Based on the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Intense, emotional, important read
- Fast paced and amazing character voice
- Content warning for police brutality