books for poc

anonymous asked:

Hi mom! How's you're day going? I hope you're okay. I was wondering if you (or anyone really, anon love yay!) could recommend any LGBT+ book to me since I've never read one and I'd like my first one to be good and also I wanna read stories that I can relate to more so any book with a bisexual character would be great! Thanks for the help and take care!

Hi love!! I’m alright, thank you! :)

Try these lists on for size: there’s so much to explore!!!! :D

I absolutely love Malinda Lo’s ASH and HUNTRESS (no coincidence that I linked you to her website twice up there), so especially if you like fantasy, those will be amazing for you. <3 <3 <3
11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden
Turn these pages.
By Jaydon Ono

I’ve seen multiple, well respected First Nations people on twitter sharing this article, so I think its safe to say that these authors are worth checking out.

Also, I’ve read Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson. Its a very good book.


Bi’s of Colour book, edited by Asha, Jacq and Nila

Are you a bisexual/pansexual/fluid person of colour?
Do you live, work or study anywhere in Europe?

If you answered YES, then read on!

We are making plans to write a book about the lives and experiences of bisexuals of colour in Europe.  This is part of our long-term plan to have a document that reflects us.  It will be built on the foundations of the Bi’s of Colour History Report.  We plan to have the following chapter headings, but this is just a guide.

  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Visibility and Erasure of Bi’s of Colour - where we are welcome, and where we aren’t
  • White Academics versus Activists of Colour
  • Dominant culture gaze - hypersexual, fetishes, imperialism and colonialism
  • Dating and Relationships
  • Isolation, exclusion and loneliness 
  • Health - Sexual health, Mental health, Disabilities
  • Bi’s of Colour and BAME organisations
  • Bi’s of Colour and LGBT organisations
  • Families, Carers, Acceptance and Rejection
  • Racism
  • Religion, belief and spirituality or lack of
  • Body image and fashion
  • Class
  • Ageing
  • Violence

We are open to other headings, so if you think of something you can’t wait to express, let us know.  We are also interested in non-fiction, art, photography or things we haven’t thought of yet!  You can always contribute using a pen name if you want to be anonymous.

All contributors will be paid - we’ll be crowdfunding, so everyone will get an equal share - the amount will depend on how much we raise and how many contributors

If you are interested in contributing, email us at .

Books V.S Movies
  • Book: This character is Asian.
  • Movie: White
  • Book: This character is black
  • Movie: WHite
  • Book: We don't describe what they're skin color is to leave it to the imagination.
  • Movie: WHIte
  • Book: This character is a dark tan.
  • Movie: WHITe
  • Book: This character is a POC
  • Movie: WHITE


Reasons to read Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
  • gay
  • awesome plot
  • robots
  • badass old lady in a wheelchair
  • boys obsessed with Shakespeare
  • POC main characters
  • literally starts with a cliffhanger??
  • gAY
  • shakespearian pickup lines
  • main character is the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president and it’s just rlly emotional
  • but lots of cutesy feel-good stuff
  • pining dorks
  • the secret service are p cool
  • the statue of liberty got blown up?
  • the main character is just a huge nerd
  • more ravens
  • why is ya literature so obsessed with ravens????
  • feminism
  • main character’s best friend is just rlly passionate about social justice
  • she may also be kinda emo
  • there’s a plot-twist about the principle at the end and it’s not what u think
  • there’s robots
  • and gays
  • *whispers* gay robots
  • “Hamlet was pretty much the poster boy for clinical depression, right?”
  • really realistic look on depression and suicidal thoughts like fuck bro
  • but lots of fluff so that’s good
  • I’m like 83% sure Singh is a lesbian
  • this book will make you question the very concept of free will and i’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not but i couldn’t sleep for like 4 days so
  • did i mention gay boys quoting shakespeare as pick-up lines?
  • cuz that happens

listen….. regarding the matter of the illyrians being POC, in my mind, they absolutely are. But here’s the thing: readers in this culture assume white is the default. Unless the author is ***extremely specific*** in indicating otherwise, most readers are going to assume a character is white. And that sucks, and I think we should all be working to dismantle that assumption, but that’s how this works. It is the responsibility of any author who gives a half of a shit about representation to know this and to work with it.

“Tanned” is not ***extremely specific*** enough. Even though I, and many other people, choose to read them as such, “tanned” does not good POC rep make. It just doesn’t. There are an endless number of other, less ambiguous ways that Maas could have indicated we were meant to read them as nonwhite, and she chose not to use them. If “Tanned” was truly sufficient as an indicator, we wouldn’t have all these fancasts with Az and Cas as white dudes. Like, listen, yes, we need to have those conversations in fandom and educate each other, but ultimately, blaming the people who read them as white won’t get us anywhere. Blame the work, which, whether it meant to be or not, was ambiguous enough to allow it.

Listen, I love these books, but Maas has a fucking abysmal diversity track record. I am going to HC Amren as a WOC and the Illyrians as Middle Eastern and I am going to hold the authors I read to a high standard re: diversity and acknowledge that Maas using the word “tanned” doesn’t meet it.

(i’m white as hell, so let me know if i’ve stepped out of line here, but rep in literature is something i feel strongly about and Ambiguously Tan just doesn’t cut it in the year of our lord 2k17)


[image description: the covers of Loving Her by Ann Allen Shockley, In the Game by Nikki Baker, Blacker Than Blue (Vampire Sorority Sisters #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez]

Interracial Lesbian Fiction

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