So I have definitely been making an effort in the last few months to get more of these reads on my radar, as I’ve been shamefully bad at seeking them out in the past. Of course, I’ve nothing against them and have in fact loved most of the ones I’ve read, it just hadn’t occurred to me to look for them in the past.
Thank goodness for Bookstagram for reminding me that Diverse Reading is *IMPORTANT* and we need to make a concerted effort to read more diversely, because they’re not always the reads that get the most publicity and fall on to our radars by accident.
1. Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
I absolutely DEVOURED this book. It was a funny and delightful page-turner, with some steamy scenes to boot 😉 I absolutely fell in love with the main cast of characters, and the side characters were also such a joy to read. My review for this also went up on Monday, in case you missed it!
2. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
This was another book I absolutely delighted in. It’s a YA read, but I challenge you to read this and not fall in love with Arthur & Ben. You can read my review for this book here (warning it’s an old review and in my old blog format!). Re-reading that review has made me want to pick the book up again!
3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
I know this book had it’s #hype moment, but I also did genuinely love the characters, the development, and the ‘coming-out’ story for Simon. All the feels and feel-goods ♥
Do you make an effort to read diverse, LGBTQI+ and/or #OwnVoices books? I’d love to hear some of your favourites down in the comments!
Until next week,