February’s Massive Diverse Book Haul

Once again I’ve fallen victim to fabulously irresistible book deals that have lured me into their traps! As such, I have a diverse book haul that consists of approximately 35 books!! On one hand, I’m extremely proud of myself for being able to discover so many awesome diverse titles. On the other hand, I’m kicking myself for being irresponsibly weak and squishy when it comes to the power of dead tress dressed in fancy ink.

Well, I’m a little sad to say this, but after February I’m officially going on a book-buying ban for the rest of the 2017 year! This means that I will not allow myself to buy any more novels until January 2018. Truth be told, I buy more books than I’m physically capable of reading and it has been quite disheartening. I look at these giant unread pillars stacked around my living room and I can feel myself getting depressed over the fact that I may not be able to read every single one of these books during my lifetime. Guys, this feeling really fucking sucks. So… NO MORE BOOK BUYING!!

I’m currently working on a YouTube video about the whole thing, so if you wanna check it out along with more specifics of just what this ban will entail, please check out my channel here, and keep an eye out for the update.

Anyway, moving right along! I have listed all of the books down below, broken up by 1) Diverse YA Lit., 2) World Lit., and 3) Chinese & Japanese Lit. Hopefully y’all will find something that shall catch your interest!

Happy reading, friends!!


Diverse Young Adult Literature

  1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – Korean Female Author, Fantasy
  2. History is All You Left Me ­by Adam Silvera – Queer Romance (M/M), #OwnVoices, Contemporary
  3. To All The Bous I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Chinese-American Female Author, Contemporary Romance
  4. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Chinese-American Female Author, Contemporary Romance
  5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Jamaican-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Contemporary Romance
  6. The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – Chinese Female Author, #OwnVoices, Middle-Grade, Fantasy/Folklore
  7. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – WOC Author, Science-Fiction


Adult World Literature

  1. Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen – Vietnamese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Contemporary Women’s Fiction
  2. Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao – Vietnamese Female Author, #OwnVoices, Fiction Literature
  3. Zorro by Isabel Allende – Chilean-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction
  4. The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther – Iranian-Anglo Female Author, #OwnVoices, Fiction Literature
  5. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma – Nigerian Male Author, #OwnVoices, Suspense Thriller
  6. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Vietnamese Male Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction, War Fiction
  7. Oeleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – Indian-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Mystery Fiction Literature
  8. The Harafish by Naguib Mahfouz – Egyptian Male Author, #OwnVoices, Multigenerational Historical Fiction


Adult Japanese & Chinese Literature

  1. When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka – Japanese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction
  2. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka – Japanese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction
  3. Kokoro by Natsumo Sōseki – Japanese Male Author, #OwnVoices, Classical Historical Fiction
  4. Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang – Taiwanese Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction
  5. Three Souls by Janie Chang – Taiwanese Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction, Folklore
  6. On Gold Mountain by Lisa See – Chinese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Biographical
  7. China Dolls by Lisa See – Chinese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction
  8. Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen – Chinese-American Female Author, #OwnVoices, Contemporary Fiction
  9. The Lost Daughter of Happiness by Geling Yen – Chinese Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction (very adult and mature content/themes)
  10. Beijing Coma by Ma Jian – Chinese Male Author, #OwnVoices, Political Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
  11. Diamon Head by Cecily Wong – Chinese-Hawaiian Female Author, #OwnVoices, Historical Fiction, Supernatural/Folklore

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