Ten Diverse Books I Want to Read
North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
Mexican-American protagonist who runs away to the United States to escape the stigma of the perfect son, all while having the voice of his now dead brother leading the way. Carlos Portillo loves to cook and pursues a career in cooking under his favorite celebrity chef, and must now decide what is most important to him.
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Based off the story of Mulan and additional Asian folklore (I believe), our protagonist, Mariko, is the daughter of a samurai and skilled alchemist, promised to be wed to the Emperor's son. Attacked on the way to the castle, Mariko is now on the hunt to infiltrate the Black Clan, the people who attempted to kill her.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross is a virtual reality game that has taken the world by storm. Emika Chen, a bounty hunter who tracks down players who illegally bet on the game, accidentally glitches herself into the game to become an overnight sensation. Emika is then called in by the games creator to solve a security problem in the game. Sent off to Tokyo, Emika now has to unravel a sinister plot that may change the way the world views Warcross forever. Warcross features a primarily POC cast and Marie Lu is my favorite author, so of course I'm excited.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Featuring a cast of primarily POC characters, Empress of a Thousand Skies is a space opera dealing with raging war, vengeance, and legacy. Rhee is the crown princess and only remaining survivor of her powerful dynasty. Aly is falsely accused of killing Rhee and in turn now has to prove his innocence. With the galaxy on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly must confront evil that threatens everyone.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This is a YA romantic comedy about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Dimple and Rishi are both headed to the same summer camp together, where they immediately gravitate towards each other. In this book, the two discover how love may prevail in the most unexpected of ways.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour is known to be a brilliant writer with an excellent way with words, so I am beyond excited for the release of this book. We Are Okay features a queer protagonist, who I am so thrilled to meet. Marin is a college student in New York who left all the tragedy of her old life behind in California. Now, months later after the consistent pull and lure of the life she left behind, Mabel, her best friend, is coming to visit and Marin will have to face everything that's been left unsaid.
Want by Cindy Pon
Want features a POC cast (that may be mostly Asian, I am not sure don't quote me on that) with an interesting dystopian, sci-fi tech fused plot line. Jason Zhou lives in a divided society where the wealthy elite can buy longer lives. The rich wear these special suits that protect them the pollution and disease that plague the city. With the help of his friends, Jason infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the cooperation from the inside out. Soon enough, however, Jason finds himself falling for the head of the cooperation's daughter. Now, he must find way to save his city, while also protecting his heart
The Bone Witch by Sin Chupeco
I believe The Bone Witch features a cast of diverse characters, including an Asian MC (maybe?). Tea is a witch unlike the others in her family. Born with the powerful gift of necromancy, Tea is feared by her community. Tea leaves to take up an apprenticeship with another bone witch, where she plans to learn elemental magic. However, soon Tea realizes that dark forces are on the move and that she must make a powerful decision. Dubbed as Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind, I know The Bone Witch is going to be amazing.
The Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. Then the return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a happy distraction to the heavy responsibilities of her life. But then, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.
See also (regarding the synopsis of this book): thread by Tristina Wright & thread by Hannah Moskowitz