Hey book lovers.
A lot of diverse books came out in 2017. Books written by different authors from different races with unique main characters and worlds. It was good to see people being properly represented in books, giving the rest of the world insight into the lives of different races around the world and challenging stereotypes. We are finally having more writers of color and their books are sold and read worldwide.
So here are some books you should add to your TBR list to diversify your reading in 2018. It’s never too early to start planning.
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE: Written by Nigerian author Tomi Adeyemi. The story is set in Orisha, a land of magic or at least it was until the day magic disappeared and the maji were slaughtered under the orders of the king. It is the story of Zelie Adebola and her struggle to bring magic back to her people and the land of Orisha. To do this she must team up wih rogue princess, Amari and strike back against the monarchy and the crown prince who is hell-bent on eradicating magic…for good.
I’ve read an excerpt of this book so I can tell that it’s going to be a great read. It uses a lot of Yoruba Folklore and I can’t wait to read the full book. Children of Blood and Bone come out on the 6th of March and a movie is currently in development by Fox 2000 which has me really excited.. A film about black people with magic….yay.💃💃. You can pre-order the book HERE.
I try not to think of her.
But when I do, I think of rice.
When Mama was around, the hut always smelled of Jollof rice. I think about the way her dark skin glowed like the summer sun, the way her smile made Baba come alive. The way her white hair fuzzed and coiled, an untamed crown that breathed and thrived. I hear the myths she would tell me at night. Tzain’s laughter when they played the agbon in the park.
Baba’s cries as the soldiers wrapped a chain around her neck. Her screams as they dragged her into the dark. The incantations that spewed forth from her mouth like lava. The magic of death that led her astray.
I think about the way her corpse hung from that tree. I think about the king who took her away.
BINTI: THE NIGHT MASQUERADE : written by Nnedi Okorafor. It is the final book in the Binti Trilogy. Follows the story of Binti, a Himba girl. In this book, Binti struggles to adapt to the alien technology in her body and to the startling truths revealed in the last book as she hurries home to her people. The Himba’s are caught in a revived rivalry between the Khoush and the Meduse, jelly fish like aliens. It is up to Binti and her new companion Mwinyi to try to prevent a war that could be the end of her people. But to do that she must come to terms with who she is and the visions that plague her.
If you haven’t heard of this trilogy, you might want to buy the first two books so you can follow along. The first two books are Binti and Binti:Home .The books take you through a rollercoaster of emotions as you follow Binti on her journey to Oomza university and back to earth as she discovers herself. Binti is one of the most fascinating female characters ive ever read about and I’m certain you will love her too. Binti: Night Masquerade was released on the 16th of January, 2018. You can order it HERE.
I felt the pressure of his strong hands as he grasped me. They didn’t feel arthritic at all. “The root is the root”, he said. “We will be okay. Stay where you are.” He brought his face close to mine, then the words appeared before my eyes. Red as blood. “Because they are looking for you.”
“Where is Mama?” I asked again, this time waving my hands in my nightmare, as I clumsily used the zinariya, the activated alien technology in my DNA.
But I was suddenly in the dark, alone with my words, as they floated before me like red desert spirits. Where is Mama? Instead, the sound of hundreds of Meduse thrumming filled my head and the vibration traveled deep into my flesh. Laughter. Angry laughter. I sensed anticipation, too. “Binti, we will make them pay,” a voice rumbled in Meduse. But it wasnt Okwu. Where was Okwu?
ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO: Written by N.H Senzai. It tells the story of twelve-year-old Nadia who flees with her family from her home city of Aleppo as civil war starts in Syria. It follows her from her birthday, her happy times to the event that sparked the riots, the start of the civil war and her struggle for survival after being separated from her family.
We all know what is happening in Syria, the civil war that has ravaged Syria and led to an international refugee crisis. So I think it will do us good to read a book about it which will give us an insight into the ravages of war and the effects on the people even if it’s a work of fiction. Although its put on goodreads as a children’s book, I think we all need to read it. . Escape from Aleppo was released on the 2nd of January, 2018. You can order the book HERE.
“What are you doing?” Nadia asked.
“I’m watering mommy” he replied.
Nadia frowned. “Watering you mother?”
He looked at her like that was the kind of idiotic question only outsiders asked. “If I water her, then something will grow for sure, to give her shade.”
His mother’s grave. “I -I’m sorry,” she stammered, eying the mounds hugging the playground on all sides.
The boy shrugged. “It was her heart. We wanted to take her to the hospital but it was gone. Destroyed by bombs. We couldn’t find anyone to help her in time.”
LOVE,HATE AND OTHER FILTERS: Written by Samira Ahmed. All Maya Aziz wants to do is to go to film school and be with her cute crush. But her parents have other plans for her, they want her to go a college close to home and be with a nice muslim boy whom they approve. But before she can tell them her plans, a terrorist attack takes places and the suspect shares her last name. Maya and her family become victims of Islamophobia as friends and neighbours are consumed by fear and hate. Everything changes and she has to find the strength to pull through.
What made me interested in this book is that is has a main character that is an Indian Muslim living in America who experiences Islamophobia. You can order the book HERE.
My father picks up where my mother leaves off. “These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us.”
I’m scared. I’m not just scared that somehow I’ll be next; it’s a quieter fear and more insidious. I’m scared of the next Muslim ban. I’m scared of dad getting pulled into Secondary Security Screening at the airport for “random” questioning. I’m scared for the hijabi girls I know getting their scarves pulled off while they’re walking down the sidewalk––or worse. I’m scared of being the object of fear and loathing and suspicion again. Always
THE ASTONISHING COLOUR OF AFTER: written by Emily X.R. Pan. Leigh Chen Sanders is in love with best friend Axel but on the day they share their first kiss, her mother commits suicide. But she is pretty sure her mum turned into a bird. Left with a scribbled note her mother left behind, She travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents in search of her mother, the bird. In the process she ends up learning more about her family, its secrets, forming new bonds and dealing with her grief and saying goodbye.
I’m excited about this one cause I have never read a book with a Taiwanese main character though technically she is half asian and half white. Im hoping it will give us more insight into the Taiwanese culture and mental health. It will be published 22nd of March 2018. You can pre-order the book HERE.
Thanks for reading till the end. But it’s not over yet, there’s more. The remaining five books will be talked about in my next post.