book-rec

since it’s pride month i decided to just go on a lgbt+ binge read and i thought you guys would like to too, so below are some lgbt+ books you can check out if you want to.

children/middle grade:

young adult

new adult/adult

a list of gay ass books i whole heartedly recommend and why

ok well this list has been a long time coming tbh but i’m finally motivated enough to do it and i PROMISE u i will forget something throughout the course of writing this, so please don’t hesitate to reblog with your own recs!!

disclaimer that most of these are white gay dudes, bc that’s what i’ve read and that’s what i’ve got. if u have more recs that are NOT white gay dudes, please PLEASE share. i need more of that in my life.

all for the game by nora sakavic @korakos (the foxhole court series)

  • summary: ugh man. ok so like. this series is the story of a kid (neil) who’s been on the run his whole life finding a home and finding a Reason To Stay in a family of exy players (exy is a made up sport - kind of like lacrosse and hockey had a baby). the team (the foxes) is made up of troubled kids and so there’s so much more to it too, with all the twists and turns and a whole host of shitty abusive characters i have to be vague here bc Spoilers but like. man. there’s a Whole Lot.
  • why: yOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ALL OF THE CHARACTERS. i’ve never seen a sports story like this where you get to know everyone’s story and character except check please before. the main characters are andrew minyard and kevin day (who is the jack zimmerman of the foxhole court series tbh what a Dork). it’s kids learning that their boundaries will be respected, it’s neil learning that he can have a home, can have this, it’s andrew learning that Some Things Are Worth Fighting For IT’S SO GOOD AND I’M SO GAY. (the first book is free to download!!!)
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: rape, csa, abuse, torture, etc etc etc are not good for you it’s chock full of it tbh

check please by @ngoziu​ 

  • summary: i lied a lil this one is a webcomic and not a book BUT it’s about a small gay kid named eric bittle from georgia goes to play hockey at an elite made up school, samwell. the captain of this team is hockey’s former golden child, jack zimmerman who has So Many Issues (god he is the kevin day of check please). there’s character development and sheneganins galore. 
  • why: ok listen. when i was first recommended this i was ALSO like. hockey? really? but man you start reading it and YOU CAN’T PUT IT DOWN. the art is GORGEOUS and the characters are SO WELL DONE and there’s so much EXTRA CONTENT.  i don’t even have anything else to say I LOVE CHECK PLEASE SO MUCH it’s gorgeous and adorable and portrays college life SO GODDAMN WELL it’s amazing. (there’s a point when a character makes an excel spreadsheet to figure out future plans for another characters and i DIED bc i have def done this before)
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: i guess like? anxiety/mental health stuff? but it’s mentioned a couple times and characters are dealing with it and stuff. can’t think of anything else. this one’s p vanilla actually.

the song of achilles by madeline miller

  • summary: like, if you’re reading this list you’ve probably already either read or been recommended this book at least a thousand times. i’m gonna do it again. it’s the greek myth story of achilles, told in the pov of his lover patroclus and follows them from kids to their deaths (this is not a spoiler the myth is like thousands of years old like come on). there is a war (u might have heard of it, it’s called the trojan war), a training montage, and a lot of gay ass kissing.
  • why: gorgeous writing. like honestly i couldn’t put it down for the whole night i was reading it. it’s beautifully written and talks a lot about legends and how legends are made (who lives who dies who tells ur story, amirite). and about humanity and living past your life through your deeds and what you can do and prophecy, etc, and a lot about what you’d give up for another person. 
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: mentions of homophobia, war violence, mentions of rape + slavery

the half life trilogy by sally green

  • summary: it’s a fantasy world where witches and magic exist, and the witches (co-ed term here) are split up into white witches (the Good Witches) and black witches (the Bad Witches) (gotta love that coded word terminology :/) and our protagonist, nathan, is half white witch, half black witch (and his father is like, the Most Powerful black witch so there’s that) so the story follows nathan and all of the white witches’ attempts to figure him out and control him and his powers and shit while nathan’s trying to fight them and find his dad. (nathan is like the epitome of Fucking Fight Me tbh)
  • why: ok i gotta be honest here i haven’t actually read the last one and apparently some #problematic shit goes down in that one, so approach this one warily. but man, this one also has a beautiful storyline and the plot is so, so interesting because the world is so beautifully done and intricate, and the characters are allowed to change and mature as the story goes on. tbh i’m probably the least excited about this series in this whole list, esp bc of what i’ve heard goes on in the last book but. it’s a good read.
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: abuse, torture, medical torture, etc

aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by benjamin allire saenz

  • summary: man this one doesn’t even really have a summary - it’s two kids growing up together and figuring out who they are and learning to love one another.
  • why: again, gorgeous writing oh my god (are u seeing a pattern). TWO NON WHITE NON STRAIGHT DUDES!!!! YUUSSS. anyway this entire book was gorgeous and talked about the Growing Up Not White In American thing wonderfully?? it’s also the first ya novel i read where the parents are as involved as they are and it’s amazing. it’s so sweet and so pure i love this book
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: i don’t remember anything overtly triggering about this book but i also read it a while ago so i could be wrong bUT it’s a Wholesome Pure book so i doubt it tbh READ THIS BOOK

i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson

  • summary: this is the story of two twins, jude and noah, growing up in the world, coming to terms with sexuality, coming to terms with their past and who they are, and finding their family again
  • why: it’s told in two diff povs, one of noah in the Past and one of jude in the Present, and i am a Huge Sucker for that shit. noah’s entire sections are such powerful uses of language and when you see what they both turned into in jude’s present perspective it’s amazing. it’s growing up and healing and learning to love your family all over again and it’s amazing
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: mental health stuff, family stuff, mentions of suicide, there’s not a whole lot tho

the proxy series by alex london

  • summary: proxy is a dystopian story where the main character, syd, is the Chosen One and has to save the world, ft. knox, Rich Boy extraordinaire, and marie the Social Justice Warrior. syd’s super gay and knox is super bi and there are shenaginans. the sequel is after they’ve ~saved the world~ and it’s still sort of a dystopia, and then u meet liam, a bodyguard who is basically a giant puppy and is also Super Gay. oh yeah the dystopia part is that like, the super rich all get the poor “proxy’s” to take their punishment whenever they do something illegal/bad/whatever, and syd is knox’s proxy B)
  • why: proxy was the first one i read of all these books, i think? i loved it so much. so goddamn much. syd is the most soft most wonderful and knox is an asshole and also Trash Son and MARIE. ugh marie. anyway proxy does such a good job of talking about social issues on a large, well thought about scale. it talks about privilege and how it seeps into everything you do, even if you’re trying to help and have good intentions. also liam is adorable and wonderful and So Pure and you’ll never get to him if u don’t read the first book, so. the WORLD is also so intricately woven and so interesting to think about it feels like it COULD HAPPEN it’s really fun to read through!
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: uhhh, death, torture etc stuff

captive prince trilogy by cs pacat

  • summary: SHIT OK. um, basically. damen, our protag is the prince of a country that’s just been usurped by his half brother and then he gets sent to that country’s MOST RIVAL country, as a slave to the prince there. plot twist (that’s not rly a plot twist bc u find out in the first chapter i promise this isn’t really a spoiler but if u want u can skip ahead like a sentence anyway): DAMEN KILLED THAT RIVAL PRINCE’S OLDER BROTHER IN A WAR A WHILE AGO. ok potential spoiler over, moving on: the whole series is about them facing off against laurent’s uncle for the right of the throne and there’s a shit ton of political intrigue but a lot of laurent trying to make damen’s life as miserable as possible for a while before they both eventually start warming up to each other and then it turns into the sweetest most affectionate relationship and i want to Die.
  • why: dude. dude the political intrigue and plot twists in this book are TO DIE FOR. laurent is that character that you HATE SO MUCH at the beginning but then REASONS happen and as damen starts to fall for him you do too and it’s amazing it’s so amazing. their relationship is so pure and it’s SUCH A SLOW BURN. it feels REAL and unhurried and is so so so fun to read through.
  • (my tag for it on my blog)
  • maybe don’t if: oh god um, rape (NOT laurent to damen, bc that’s what i was worried about at first tbh), csa, torture, fucking slavery, abuse, a whole fuckton of shit tbh

two last shameless plugs:

dates! an anthology of queer historical fiction by @marginscomics

  • dates is a comic book anthology that my friend @zhgilbert​ edited and distributed and i contributed to! it’s full of queer historical fiction of all time periods and spans the entire globe, and has one rule: no one dies. my story for it, if ur interested, is called To War We Go and is about two gay girls finding love and peace in each other during the mahabharatha era of hindu mythology.

the carnalis series by @arcsismedia

  • i’ve only read the first book of this series, and only the first two are out, but i need to plug arcsis since i helped with its founding! carnalis is a fun, campy supernatural story centered around a redheaded lesbian named pemberly and it’s really fun to read. the gorgeous illustrations by @falloutgirlongirl​ also make the book SO WORTH IT. the first book is also free to read on the website!!

ANYA’S BOOK MASTERPOST/REC LIST

If you want to read something new, those are the books that I recommend! Im putting links to purchase with free shipping and download/read online in brackets when possible. The list is mostly YA and I will update it as often as I can:)

Fantasy:

Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare:

Clockwork Angel (epub/read online)
Clockwork Prince (epub/read online)
Clockwork Princess (epub/read online)
City of Bones (epub/read online)
City of Ashes (epub/read online)
City of Glass (epub/read online)
City of Fallen Angels (epub/read online)
City of Lost Souls (epub/read online)
City of Heavenly Fire (epub/read online)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (epub/read online)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (epub/read online)

Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead:

Vampire Academy (epub/read online)
Frostbite (epub/read online)
Shadow Kiss (epub/read online)
Blood Promise (epub/read online)
Spirit Bound (epub/read online)
Last Sacrifice (epub/read online)
Bloodlines
The Golden Lily (epub/read online)
The Indigo Spell (epub/read online)
The Fiery Heart (epub/read online)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan:

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (epub/read online)
Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters (epub/read online)
Percy Jackson & the Titan’s Curse (epub/read online)
Percy Jackson & the Battle of The Labyrinth (epub/read online)
Percy Jackson & the Last Olympian (epub/read online)
The Lost Hero (epub/read online)
The Son of Neptune (epub/read online)
The Mark of Athena (epub/read online)
The House of Hades (epub/read online)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (epub/read online)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (epub/read online)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (epub/read online)
Days of Blood & Starlight 
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (epub/read online)

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater:

The Raven Boys 
The Dream Thieves (epub/read online)

Sci-Fi and Dystopia:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire (epub/read online)
Mockingjay (epub/read online)

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

Cinder (epub/read online)
Scarlet (epub/read online)
Cress (epub/read online)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (epub/read online)

Divergent by Veronica Roth:

Divergent
Insurgent (epub/read online)
Allegiant 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (epub/read online)

Romance, contemporary e.t.c:

Threads series by Sophia Bennett

Threads
Beads, Boys & Bangles 
Sequins, Stars & Spotlights 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (epub/read online)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green (epub/read online)
Paper Towns by John Green (epub/read online)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (epub/read online)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (epub/read online)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (epub/read online)
Fangirl by Rainbor Rowell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (epub/read online)

BOOK REC (Sci-Fi with PoC and wlw)

Why you should read The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

  • IT HAS A HUGE EMPHASIS ON FOUND FAMILY and also on moving forward and how you sometimes need different people at different stages of your life
  • The alien cultures, man, they are like nothing I’ve ever seen before on this scale. It’s not just surface stuff, it’s down to the belief systems and social interactions and how they view things like motherhood and violence and even board games! Also, FEMALE ALIENS WITHOUT BREASTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED VERY ATTRACTIVE TO HUMANS CAN I GET A HELL YEAH
  • Gender and sexuality are definitely way more fluid, one of the crew members is a species that changes gender across their lifetime (plus there is a crew member that goes by they pronouns, though not exactly in a nb way, it’s hard to explain)
  • Imagine Firefly, except in a universe full of aliens like Guardians of the Galaxy, and the crew aren’t criminals (for the most part) and are just generally a bit nicer. And by nicer I mean, as someone else more eloquent than me said about this book “they’re not all good people, but most of them are trying to be”. They care about each other despite all the cultural differences that sometimes have them screaming
  • most of the humans on the crew are not white
  • TWO FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE CREW BECOME A COUPLE I’m not gonna say which because it totally took me by surprise and that was an incredible thing cos I already adored this book and then it gave me the one thing it was missing that I hadn’t dared hope for 
  • polyamory is discussed frequently and is a base part of one of the alien cultures and it’s very normalised and respected
  • seriously everyone does their hardest to be respectful of each other’s culture and all the differences and even though sometimes they fail or really struggle they really TRY and that’s what makes it so great
  • the book is genuinely hilarious (“What do your crazy speciests do?” “Live on gated farms and have private orgies.” “How is that any different than what the rest of you do?” “We don’t have gates and anybody can come to our orgies.”)
  • there’s plot but it’s very character driven in a way that works really well
  • Kizzy - my favourite character who is just a joy (imagine Kaylee Frye if she was Chinese, hyped up on extreme amounts of caffeine, and totally eccentric)
  • REALLY AMAZING PLATONIC MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS
  • like seriously every damn relationship in this book is so incredible and important and well done
  • I’ve never done a book rec on here before and the fact that I feel the need to do this should in itself say something about how amazing it is

In summary: 

  • SPACE GIRLFRIENDS NEED I SAY MORE
  • amazing and compelling alien cultures
  • a crew/found family that are so beautiful in their differences and how they do their best to respect and accommodate them
  • it’s really fucking funny
  • “Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.” “What causes the other ten percent?” “Natural disasters.”
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Book that made me cry like a baby: All the Bright Places - jenniferniven

“You know what I like about you, Finch? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.”
“You know what I like about you, Ultraviolet Remarkey-able? Everything.” 

For the love of God, read YA. 

No, not that. Read this

TRUE GRIT BY CHARLES PORTIS: This is YA. I will fight you tooth and nail if you say otherwise. 14 year old Mattie Ross leaves home to bury her father and get revenge for his death. Both equally funny and intelligent and a coming of age story in a strange, adventurous way. I love this book and Mattie fiercely. 

When we reached the top I said, “Wait, stop a minute.” He said, “What is it?” I said, “There is something wrong with my hat.” He stopped and turned around. “Your hat?” said he. I took it off and slapped him in the face with it two or three times and made him drop the reins.

UNWIND BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN: Dystopians were a huge thing after The Hunger Games (think Divergent and The Maze Runner). Unwind was published a year prior to THG. But it really, it’s like…there is no other YA dystopian that can top this. Nothing (sometimes I think it can be seen on the same level as other classic dystopians—sometimes).  It’s one of the most politically driven dystopians I’ve come across. It’s also one of the few YA books that actually tackles how society views and treats teenagers. I want to gush more, but I’ll stop and let you decide. But fair warning, this book hurts in so many ways. It’s hard to read. But then it’s hard not to read either. 

In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.”

WHITE CAT BY HOLLY BLACK: One of the reasons why I love White Cat is that it’s a mash up of different genres—magic realism, crime, mystery—and it does it EXCELLENTLY. There is this sort of twisted grittiness that makes Cassel and his (fucked up) family so appealing. They manipulate and lie to each other’s faces and then say I love you. Also, Cassel is such a great, fun narrator. And unreliable. You desperately want him to forgive and love himself, it’s insane.

Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.

RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN: By the end of this book you will be screaming BLOODYDAMN, GOOD MAN. This series is intense on numerous levels. It’s a science fiction mashed with historical context (heavy heavy Roman culture. Greek myth themes are incorporated as well). It’s incredibly smart, and fast paced. Even if you’re expecting a twist or turn, something else will shock you. Some crazy shit happens, man. The characters suck you in and refuse to let you go even when you beg and cry. Darrow is a great lead, even if he is a bit Gary Stue. He gets the shit beat out of him plenty of times to make up for it. I wonder if Brown intended Darrow’s journey to resemble a Greek hero’s. Fair warning: this book has major issues (its sexist, there’s rape). I’m trash for suggesting it.

Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO BY PATRICK NESS: Chaos Walking (the series name) is the only series that’s had me sobbing. Unwind is emotional by the themes presented. Chaos Walking is emotional thanks to the damn narrative. Todd is your modern Huck Finn on some distant, strange planet where he lives in a town full of men, where thoughts are heard loud and clear, whether you want them to or not. This book is about a boy and his dog who find a girl who crash landed on this strange planet. They make a run for it from this town of crazy men into the unknown. Basically this is a coming of age story. Todd and Viola goes through some pretty twisted stuff. I don’t even wanna talk about it because it’s messed up man.

And the pain is too much it’s too much it’s too much and my hands are on my head and I’m rearing back and my mouth is open in a never-ending wordless wail of all the blackness that’s inside me.
And I fall back into it.

THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI: Oh yes. This is a romance and fantasy. But don’t fret! Something amazing occurs. Intelligent. Characters. The romance isn’t a forbidden one—it’s an impractical one. The fantasy elements are soft, but they’re unique enough (and in further books they develop and grow—it’s great). Rutkuski’s prose is almost poetic at times. This is what you get from an experienced author. More importantly, Kestrel is one of the most intelligent flawed female characters out there. If you get sucked in quick enough, you can finish this in one sitting.

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER: I almost didn’t put this on here, but then I thought better. You’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of or seen this book on tumblr. There is a whole searching for a dead king to grant one wish plot going on, but really it’s about the four boys and one girl and their relationships with one another. Complex relationships. That makes you laugh and cry and swoon. Seriously some great stuff here. It helps that Stiefvater is such a talented writer. God, I hate her seriously what did you do? Swallow a dictionary???

Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.

Peace out,

Caitlin

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The Infernal Devices: Tessa Gray +

“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” 

*whispers* Asian-centric Young Adult novel with a female protagonist, a major transwoman character who actually has a healthy and beautiful romance with a badass warrior dude and is one of the most important characters in the story, excellent worldbuilding of a beautifully-crafted fantasy setting based on Ancient Chinese culture, heavy gender politics and internalized and systematic misogyny being slowly and steadily crushed by character development, emphasis on the importance of femininity,

and dragons

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And it’s so well-written, the writer just gets your attention and keeps it. You guys should go read these books. 

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Gryffindor | Hufflepuff | Slytherin | Ravenclaw

  • Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  • Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
  • Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

more book recommendations on my blog The Bookavid

all recs by genre/topic

This is the first installment in a series of book recommendations, all of which will introduce you to kickass women from mythologies around the world, all of them written by women. All books listed had to pass the following criteria:

  • Be written by a woman
  • Have a woman from Greek mythology as (one of) the protagonist(s)
  • Be fictional
  • Be set during ancient times (i.e. not be a modern AU)

Thanks are due to @marcusantonius, @astynomi (x), and @hephaistionisawesome​ (x) for their insightful and enthusiastic replies.

Finally, I would like to direct your attention towards this meta on Medusa, seeing as she is one of the women who played a big role in my decision that I want to create these recommendations (here’s the cool essay mentioned in the meta). Both her and Persephone have had their power taken away from them as years passed and patriarchal values were introduced into their stories. Don’t forget the original stories. 

UPDATE #1: I added Memoirs Of A Bitch and had Daughter Of Troy struck off - I didn’t realise Sara B. Franklin is the pseudonym of Dave Duncan. Oops!

UPDATE #2: a kind anon suggested some poems by women about women in Greek mythology, so those are now added as well.

UPDATE #3: I changed the link for the chapbook by Rishika on her request.

UPDATE #4: I added Destroyer Of Light under Demeter - it is the sequel to Receiver Of Many, which is listed under Persephone.

UPDATE #5: relinked some of the poetry collections, since @mhythology-deactivated20160909 is no longer active.

And now, without further ado, the list(s):

Kickass human women

Kickass non-human women

Poetry

Honourable mentions

More lists you can consult

If you have any suggestions for other Greek women who deserve more attention (and a corresponding book), or which mythology should definitely be in this series, drop me a line

Other kickass women in mythology: women in Egyptian mythology & history | women in Mesoamerican mythology | women in Celtic mythology | women in Native American mythology | women in Asian mythologies | women in Russian & Slavic mythologies

reasons to read radio silence by alice oseman

  • a contemporary realistic ya novel set in england featuring characters who actually sound and act like contemporary english teenagers!!! yes this is so rare that it does deserve three exclamation marks
  • a really refreshing critique of the social and academic pressure put on young people to go to uni, even if they’re not suited to it
  • a beautiful friendship between a boy and a girl who have a typically tropey meet-cute and then DON’T FALL IN LOVE
  • you know that feeling you get when your heart flutters over an adorable fictional couple? i seriously have FRIENDSHIP BUTTERFLIES from reading this book
  • four of the main five characters are lgbtqiap - including a bisexual protagonist whose story doesn’t revolve around romance and a canonically demisexual character WHO USES THE WORD
  • eta: also three of the five mains are poc!
  • It’s all about friendship and fandom and figuring out who you want to be and doing what makes you happy :’)
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Other POC lists:

YA About POC with POC on the Cover | Arab Characters | LGBTQ* POC in YA

more book recommendations on my blog The Bookavid

all recs by genre/topic