Diverse Reading Lists

The book blogging community just loves making lists! There are weekly memes surrounding themed lists and the List feature on Goodreads continues to be extremely popular. Lists are always fun but one of my absolute favorite uses for lists in this community is the way folks use the format to building reading lists for diverse authors. Publishing houses disproportionately purchase books from white writers. The small margin of BIPOC that do make the cut are poorly advertised in comparison to their white counterparts. One of the greatest powers in the hands of influencer communities is to share these books via word-of-mouth and help them grow in popularity.

And it works – I promise! One of my favorite stories is about R. F. Kuang, who relied largely on word-of-mouth for marketing of The Poppy War. Now, four years after the first book’s publication, the entire trilogy is getting another printing. If you want to truly diversify your reading, these lists are great places to start. Reading about the experiences of those different than us builds empathy and understanding. From a logistical perspective, popularity and sales of these diverse books or from diverse authors is a concrete indication we can give the industry to show that these types of books will sell. The change is far too slow coming, but we can do our part to help.

Beyond that, these are also excellent lists curated by excellent bloggers and deserve to be perused!

Latino/a/x/e & Hispanic | Black | LGBTQIAP+ | Asian-American and Pacific Islander | Disability | Mental Health | Native American and Indigenous

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Latino/a/x/e & Hispanic Books

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

Black Books

One of the Good Ones by Maritza Moulite and Maika Moulite
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

LGBTQIAP+ Books

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Books

Disability Books

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Mental Health Representation

Indigenous and Native American Books

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
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Did I miss a well-curated list or (eek) misrepresented anything above? Please let me know so I can adjust accordingly! Any suggestions of lists I should add can be emailed to TheLiteraryPhoenix@Gmail.com and I will add it to the database.

Thank you and happy reading my friends!