January’s Diverse Book Mail

Hey bibliophiles! January turned out to be a rather pleasant month for me in terms of finding wonderful diverse books! Much of the haul consists of Asian, #OwnVoices titles, which is spectacular. Some of you may recall that one of my goals for 2017 is to read more #OwnVoices novels, so being able to find as many as I did (for the cheap prices no less) is a great steal, and a fun way to begin the new year!

Islamic & South Asian Books:

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (#OwnVoices)

  • Adult Fiction, Romance
  • WOC (Indian-Canadian) Author, POC Protagonists

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (#OwnVoices)

  • Islamic Literature, Young Adult, Romance
  • WOC (Pakistani-American) Muslim Author, Muslim POC Protagonists

East, West by Salman Rushdie (#OwnVoices)

  • Indian Literature, Adult Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Muslim POC (Indian-British) Author, POC Protagonists

The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie (#OwnVoices)

  • Indian Literature, Adult Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Muslim POC (Indian-British) Author, POC Protagonists

Japanese Books by #OwnVoices Female Authors

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto

  • Japanese Literature, Magical Realism, Contemporary Adult Fiction
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

  • Japanese Literature, Japanese Post-modernism, Magical Realism
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

Real World by Natsuo Kirino

  • Japanese Literature, Feminist Noir, Psychological Thriller
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

  • Japanese Literature, Mystery, Magical Realism
  • Japanese-Canadian Author, Japanese Protagonists

Japanese Books by #OwnVoices Male Authors:

This Scheming World by Ihara Saikaku

  • Japanese Literature, Historical Fiction (1600s Japan), Classical Literature
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto

  • Japanese Literature, Contemporary Adult Fiction, Mystery
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

The Elephant Vanishes: Stories by Haruki Murakami

  • Japanese Literature, Magical Realism, Anthology
  • Japanese Author, Japanese Protagonists

Non-Asian Diverse Books:

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

  • Young Adult Fiction, Mental Health Representation (Schizophrenia)
  • This is an #OwnVoices book that was written by the author to offer insight and understanding for a mental illness that is highly misunderstood, and also to be a voice for his son, who has schizophrenia.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

  • Queer Literature, Young Adult, Romance (M/M)
  • Queer Author, Queer Protagonists

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

  • Young Adult Fiction, Magical Realism
  • WOC (Mexican-American) Author, Protagonists who deal with gender identity & sexual identity.

Honorary Mention:

A Silent Voice (Volumes 1-7) by Yoshitoki Oima

  • Young Adult, Coming-of-Age, Physical Disability Representation

**My full review will be up within one week**

This is a manga series with a protagonist who is deaf and a protagonist who is a bully. It’s an extraordinary story about growing up—emotionally and psychologically. A Silent Voice takes readers into Japan’s society where the dark stigma of having a disability is explored with deep and profound feelings, complex relationships, and an evaluation of the effects that alienation from being different can have on a person, no matter how strong their fortitude. The series also shows us that first impressions can never truly illustrate to us the power that lies beneath the surface. It is a story that everyone should read.


What are some diverse books that y’all picked up in January?? Do you have any diverse recommendations to share??


6 thoughts on “January’s Diverse Book Mail

    • Thank you!! 😊 I’m most looking forward to Challenger Deep. I haven’t been able to find good representation of schizophrenia that hasn’t been jaded by terribly frightening misconceptions, so I’m hoping this will be a good first. A Silent Voice is definitely worth it. Intense. But amazing.


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