Last year I didn't set aside any specific time to read books with diverse characters and authors, and at the end of the year, I was disappointed in my stats.
So this year, even though it's February 16th (I know, but it's been a crazy busy beginning to the month, okay?), and I know that using February as African American History Month to celebrate diversity as a whole is problematic, I'd like to officially recommence a month of Anne Reads Books By & About People Different From Her.
What's on tap?
My TBR (To Be Read) pile for the next month includes:
"Seventeen-year-old Marisa Moreno has smarts and plenty of promise, but she’s marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood—and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters more than making it to college. At school, it's another story. Marisa's calc teacher expects her to ace the AP test and to get into an engineering program in Austin—a city that seems unimaginably far away. When her home life becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhere—and suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds and carrying a dark secret, Marisa will finally have to decide what can't wait."
"At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting... Full of deliciously creepy details, this unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Māori mythology, romance, betrayal, and war."
"Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.
When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all."
And I can't help but brag that I know Jasmine, who is one of the kindest people in the UK publishing industry, and I'm really excited to read her debut novel!
No more specific books in mind, but for a few years I've been hearing really good things about Christopher Paul Curtis (Bud, Not Buddy; and his latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone). Two years ago I read Scorpion by Walter Dean Myers, and really enjoyed it, so I've been anxious to read another one of his books as well (Monster? Sunrise Over Fallujah?).
What have you been reading lately? Any diverse books you love which haven't made my list? Any ones I've interested you in? You can follow the "diversity" tag in my blog to see other books I've highlighted in the past. And if you're really obsessed with my reading, I put all books I read on Goodreads, and review my favorites.