Okay. Alright. I feel like POC authors are like hidden fucking gems since there arent many in the game (THOUGH MANY MORE ARE COMING OUT. YAS QUEEN YAS). Here are some of my favourites though!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (novel) - THIS BOOK. Okay. I feel like this is one of the books that you see the cover of all over the place, but you never actually read it. Well, fucking read it. I skipped over this book so many fucking times only to not read it. When I finally picked it up, I read the entire fucking thing in one sitting on my moms couch at 5 in the morning. It’s a heartwarming, beautiful story of two boy’s finding their sexuality and acceptance with it. I really really REALLY recommend this book. Honestly. It’s one of my favorites of all time.
I’m going to put Red Rising here again. It isn’t written by a poc (Pierce Brown is as white as you can get), but I feel like its an important book for everyone to read. It is extremely diverse and some of the best fucking characters in the entire series are poc. I cannot recommend this book enough.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Series) - Okay. I know a lot of people are having a problem with Sabaa right now because of her support of Carve the Mark (ABSOLUTE FUCKING TRASH), but I’m going to recommend this book and this author anyway. What we have to keep in mind, is that even though its fucking wrong and anyone with a fucking brain should understand how wrong this book is, Sabaa is not black. This is also her job. I think it makes her have an extremely weak spine or a blindspot, but she has a different experience as a poc in America. Honestly, I think she just doesnt fucking udnerstand and/or is oblivious to the black experience and because she is a poc, she feels she has a standing to comment. She doesnt. But that is all I’m going to say about the carve the mark debacle. I’m not going near that book with a ten foot fuckin pole.
ANYWAY. An Ember in the Ashes was one of my most anticipated books of the year and deserves more recognition. Fucking read this book. I personally thought it was fantastic.
Legend by Marie Lu (series) - Okay. I have not finished this series, but I loved the first book. Not to mention, Marie Lu is absolutely magical. I’ve seen her speak on a few panels last year as well as in a small bookstore panel with Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh (a POC author, who’s books I have not read, but everyone seems to love A Wrath & the Dawn), and Richelle Mead (One of my favourite authors in high school because of her creation of the infinitely beautiful, amazing, iconic Adrian Ivashkov. However, after seeing her speak, she seems like the fame has gotten to her head. Get over yourself Richelle. Your movie was shit and your series have plummeted). I cannot wait to read the rest of the books. But so far, this series is amazing and I recommend it and I recommend HER (She also wrote The Young Elites series).
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (novel) - I have a lot of feelings about this book. At first I thought it was weird how she spoke about a culture she seemed to know nothing about (Korean). But I found out that her husband is Korean (She is a Jamacian American author). So i’m not so sure how I feel about her language in the book, but I do find it to be a good book especially in the American political climate right now. It has to do with a Jamacian illegal immigrant girl fighting to stop her family from being deported. She has less than 24 hours to do it and in that time, meets a korean boy whom is convinced they are in love. That sounds weird, but it really is a good book for people to read right now and I feel, came out in perfect time. I personally didn’t finish the book because I didnt particularly like the ending (just because I’m a sap and I cant handle shit like that.) But It really is a good book. She also wrote Everything, Everything.
The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America by D. Watkins - Okay. This isnt YA, nor is it fiction or fantasy. This is a reflection on the political and racial climate in America. D. Watkins goes into his own experiences of being black in America and I find it SO FUCKING IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO READ. Not to mention, its BLACK HISTORY MONTH! So I suggest you pick this up. I’m not going to say much about it but the fact that this book is beautifully written and begs for the attention of a more diverse crowd. It is an eye opener and EVERYONE. NEEDS. TO. READ. IT.
Here is a FANTASTIC FUCKING WEBSITE for more diverse and poc books!!! I’ve only just found it a few day’s ago, but I honestly love it so much.
I hope this helped!!! I’ve been in a reading lull lately, but these are the few thing Ive read and really fucking loved. I’ve been in a podcast kick lately so that’s dominating my life rn lol!