Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Ten book recommendations for X!
Hello! (I know it’s barely Tuesday anymore, but better late than never!)
I’m not going to apologize for the words I say in this post, because they are going to be ranty. I will however give you fair warning that I am writing this post with a migraine after working a 10-hour day. But I mean. Every. Word. Well, last weekend (if you live in the US) was pretty awful. I don’t think I’ve ever refreshed my news feed so many times in one weekend. The volatility of the political and social atmosphere at the moment (as well as Clara from Lost in My Library’s post) really inspired me to speak out today. It’s been so hard to watch everything going on around me, and I’m tired of using my privilege as a white relatively well-off female as an excuse to remain uninformed and silent. So, I’m speaking out today. I’m going to say how upset, angry, disappointed, and just exhausted I am.
Another thing that inspired me to do this post is the author Laura Silverman (who will make and appearance later in this post) who created the hashtag #PunchNazisReadBooks, which I feel is thoroughly appropriate at this moment and time in the world. So, this list is filled with books written by marginalized authors that you can read while you go out and punch those Nazis! It’s important now more than ever to show people with marginalized identities that we are here, we support them, and they are people who are worthy, deserve every right of any other person (yes person – not just citizen – as stated in the constitution) , and have valid experiences.
If you have a voice. If you have money. If you have a platform. USE IT. NOW is the time.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: First of all, we need more Native American narratives. Please. Someone give them to me. Sherman Alexie’s writing is funny, witty, and also incredibly raw and true. This book is such an interesting insight into the “modern” Native American, and how their lives have been so drastically affected since the creation of our nation.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: An Indian author writing an adorable romance about an intelligent, tech-savvy Indian girl who knows exactly what she wants in life and will stop at nothing to get it? YES PLEASE. I knew I was going to love this book going into it, and it did not disappoint.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: This book is chalk full of unapologetically Jewish and queer characters, and it’s definitely one of my favorite books I read this year. Becky Albertalli herself is Jewish, so her books (like most of the others on this list) are #ownvoices.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This is the only work by Adichie, and even though it’s just a transcript of one of her speeches, it’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. Her arguments are succinct, persuasive, and perfect. I really want to read more of her work in the future.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: This book takes #ownvoices to a whole new level. Meredith Russo, a trans woman, wrote this beautiful book about a trans girl. The book features a trans girl on the cover, and the audiobook made is read by a trans girl. How much more perfect could it get?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Not only is Nicola Yoon a woman of color (she is Jamaican), but she also tackles incredibly relevant topics in her book like: immigration, American vs immigrant culture, family expectations, and interracial relationships.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: Adam Silvera is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He’s a super tall gay man who writes books that will utterly destroy your emotions, and you should read his books.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book is so powerful, not least because it was inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement. Now more than ever we need to be supporting people of color and work to validate their experiences. They need to be heard, and we need to be the ones to listen.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Benjamin Alire Sáenz is Latino and gay, and his books are absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. I think everyone can find something to enjoy in his books, just because there is so much to enjoy.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman: And finally, the woman that inspired this post. A Jewish and disabled author who has completely stolen my heart with this debut, which features a disabled main love interest. I can’t wait for her next release, which is going to feature a Jewish main character and just generally be very Jewish.
I hope you enjoyed this somewhat ranty, but honest post from me. What are some of your favorite books by authors with marginalized identities? Tell me in the comments!