- When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid – This is at the top of my Diverse Books I Must Read Immediately list because it’s Canadian, it’s about homosexuality and bullying, and it won a ton of awards. MUST READ.
- 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger – Futuristic novel set in India discussing gender roles in verse. This is a fast, solid read.
- Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee – I’ve been waiting for my library hold of this one forever! Chinese girl meets runaway slave on the Oregon Trail in 1849. THIS HAS EVERYTHING.
- Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund – If you haven’t read this post-apocalyptic Veronica Mars-esque set in an islander world (based on native New Zealanders), you’re missing out.
- Every Day by David Levithan – A little obvious, but truly a groundbreaking story of personality/soul over appearance
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – adorable gay love story. One of my fave rom-coms this year.
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – really fascinating graphic novel about growing up in Iran – also a movie!
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – I learned so much about being intersex and gender from this awesome novel.
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – dealt so realistically and painfully about being gay and from a poor family in the Bronx – I can’t even think of it without tearing up a little.
- Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – I haven’t even read the first book, but apparently this is light and wonderful lesbian romance. Must get to it!
What diverse books are you recommending this week? Leave a comment and I’ll stop by!