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9 Books with Muslim Main Characters

9 books with muslim main characters

9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess where I talk about books that are focused on marginalized group (Here are the 9 Books Monday posts I have written so far). The idea is that on Mondays, I will talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group.  Today, I will talk about 9 books with Muslim main characters.

The truth is that I have not read that many books with Muslim characters and I definitely want to change that. This series is not only to recommend books that I have read to you and to talk about books I want to read, this series is also a reminder to me that I need to expand my reading and search for books that allow me to know other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. Today, I will talk about books with Muslim Main Character: 2 books I read and loved, 4 books on my tbr and 3 books releasing soon.

2 Books I Read and Loved

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik:

This book is really funny; it deals with a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lives, while being respectful, honest and entertaining (this is my Opinion, but I also looked at #ownvoices reviewers to check their opinions). Another thing that I loved about the book was that female relationships have such a central place throughout it. Also, it’s #ownvoices. 

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

This book is a funny, charming and interesting book that talks about the problems Muslims have to deal with in everyday life, particulary, Muslim teenage girls. The heart of this book is the main character Asiya, she is funny, smart and she has a unique voice that shines throughout the book. The humour in this book is absolutely brilliant and that comes from being honest and outspoken about things that are not often talked about in YA like sex and religion. Also, it’s #ownvoices. Here’s my full review.

4 Books on my TBR 

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

This is described as a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair and I’m so excited. I loved Jumanj (the movie) when I was young and I haven’t read that much steampunk, so those two things definitely have me intrigued about this book. Also, it has a Muslim main character and it’s #ownvoices.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

I only found this book recently and I wanted to included in this list becuase is set in England and I would love to read about the lives of Muslims in different parts of the world. I’m also really excited to read this because it focuses on the lives of 4 different Muslim women that have made different life choices and that want different things, I think it’s gonna be fascinating to read about them. Also, #ownvoices

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

This book talks about arranged marriage, which is a topic I have not read anything about, and I’m quite interested in seeing how it plays out in a contemporary setting. I know it’s gonna revolve around a Muslim family, which is also somethings I’m curious about.  I have heard great things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.  Also, #ownvoices

When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

This is another one I chose because I want to read about the lives of Muslims in different parts of the world; this is set in Australia. For what I know about this book, When Met Mina is full of political discussions, it adresses racism and imigration and I think those are very important subjets right now, so I’m really excited about reading it. Also, #ownvoices

3 Books Releasing Soon 

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

The main character of this book is an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager and at the same time she is a book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist. I think the main reason I want to read this is that description of the main character. I’m also interested in the fact that it seems like a tightknit Muslim community plays a big role in this book. This is #ownvoices. Release date: June 13th 2017

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

This book has a Pakistani-American main character and I have never read a book told from a Pakistani-American perspective, so it’s exciting to be changing that. It seems like this has references to historical events like the Partition of India, which I don’t know much about, so I’m looking forward to learnd about it a little bit. Also, it seems like there’s gonna be discussion about some religion related subjets and I think it’s gonna be fascinating coming from a #ownvoices perspective.  The release date for this one is May 9th 2017.

The City of Brass by S. Chakraborty

I wanted to add this book because is fantasy and recently I have looking for diverse fantasy books to read. There’s a magical Middle Eastern kingdom in this book, it’s set in 18th century Cairo, the main character is a con woman and there’s also a djinn warrior. I don’t know what else to say,  I simply  can’t wait to read this!  The release date is November 14th 2017.  Also, #ownvoices. 

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with Muslim main characters? 

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9 Books with Black Main Characters

9 books with a black main character

Hi guys! So, last week was the busiest week I have had in 2017. Actually, the entire month of March has been busy so that hasn’t let me get stuff done ahead and that’s why last week I collapsed. I had so much to do and I was not in a good place in terms of my mental health, so that made everything worse and that’s why I didn’t post anything. I finished most of the things I had to do by saturday morning, but my mental health was in such a bad state that I didn’t had the will to blog the rest of the weekend.

I’m excited to be posting somethins today! (even if it’s a bit late, it’s still monday in Colombia) For the last couple of weeks I have been posting  book recommendations every monday that focus on a marginalized group (Here are the 9 Books Monday posts I have written so far). These posts were so fun to make that I decided to keep doing them as a series on my blog. So, every monday, I will talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group.  Today, I will talk about 9 books with black main characters: 3 books that I read and loved, 3 books on my tbr and 3 book releasing soon.

3 Books I Read and Loved

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This was the lst book I read and I absolutely loved it. This is such a heartbreaking book and it’s really hard to read because the situations the characters end  up in are so frustrating and enraging. At the same time, this book has amazing family dynamics, great friendships, it has interesting storylines for all the characters and it has great representation. This is an #ownvoices book about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The writing in this book is brilliant, it explores race and immigration in a very complex and interesting way , the main characters are complicated and they feel authentic and getting to learn about Nigeria was incredibly fascinting.

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygn: I decided to include this graphic novel  because it not only has a black boy as the main character, it also has a diverse cast of characters that includes other POC’s, a character with an underrepresented body type and characters that belong to the LGBTQ+ community.

3 Books on my TBR 

 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: A science fiction book with a black female main characters,  I can’t wait to read it! It sounds like this  book takes place in a very complex and interesting universe and it also seems like it has

This Side of Home by Renée Watson:  For what I know, this book has a mainly black cast of characters and it deals with heritage and being part of a community. Also, it discusses racism in different forms and there are reference to Black History Month and I’m excited to see how that it’s incorporated in this story.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz: This book has a black female main character that is also bisexual and has an eating disorder.  Finding a book like that has a character that lives in the intersection of so many identities is so rare that I can’t wait to read this one.

3 Books Releasing Soon 

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert:  This book has a black main character and she is also Jewish, and bisexual. Also, one of the characters in this book has a mental illness. There’s representation for a variety of  marginalized/ minority groups and I’m really excited to see how the author handles that. Release date: August 8th 2017

The Belles by Dhonelle Clayton: I have heard so many great things about this one.  It has a really interesting concept made even better by the fact that it’s a diverse, #ownvoices book. Release date: 2018

Dear Martin by Nic Stone: A part of this book is told thorugh letter that the main character is writing to Martin Luther King Jr and that’s so interesting. For what I know, this book discusses racism in a very honest and heartfelt way and I can’t wait to read it. Release date: October 17th 2017

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with black main characters? 

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9 Books with Latinx Main Characters

9 books latinx

I had a lot of fun writing the post about 9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters  and I decided to make this a kind of series that I will be posting on my blog. Every monday (Today I’m posting it a bit late, but in Colombia is still monday!), I will talk about 9 books that have representation for a minority/marginalized group. Today, I will talk about 9 books with latinx characters: 5 books that I read and loved and 4 books that I want to read.

BOOKS I HAVE READ AND LOVED 

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson was the first fantasy book I ever read that had latinx characters. Fantasy has always been my favorite genre and finding characters in a fantasy world that I could relate to meant the world to me. Here’s a really old post where I talk about 10 reason to read this book. 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova has a bisexual latinx main character (#ownvoices, the author is latinx, as well) and it has an incredible world and magic system based on different believe system and cultures from Latinamerican countries. I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns 2 years ago or more and it took me until December of 2016 -when I read Labyrinth Lost- to see myself represented in a positive way in a book again, because of that, this book has a really special place with me.

 

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: This is my favorite book of 2016, I love that the main character in this book is Latinx and queer (#ownvoices!) and I love the fact that this books deals with a lot of importatnt subjects related to intersectional feminism. I know now that there’s one line in this book that it’s harmful to native readers and I did notice that when I read it and then completely forgot about it and that it’s a huge mistake on my part. I just wanted all of you to know that.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez  This book  portraits depression through the stories of two main characters that experience this mental illness in very different ways and that it’s definitely the thing that makes this book unique, as well as incredibly important. This book does not only represent mental illness, there’s different kinds of diversity represented including a latinx main characters. Also, this is #ownvoices since the author is also latinx.  Here’s my review.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe  by Benajmin Alire Saénz: I remember loving this book so much when I read it; it has two latinxs male main characters and they are gay  and I remember that I reread the last scene so many times after finishing it because Ari and Dante are so cute together. I really wanted to have this on this list because there’s not enough latinx male characters on it,  I just tend to read mainly books with female main characters.

BOOKS I WANT TO READ 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: I have been hearing about this book for so long and I still haven’t read it, I really need to fix that. This is a really short book about a Latina girl growing up in Chicago  and it’s #ownvoices.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: I have heard nothing but great things about this one, I read the dedication and the first page recently and it made me really want to read it, because the writing style is beautiful. Also, I know this book has a latinx main character and a trans Pakistani main character and it’s #ownvoices because the author is latinx.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez: I added this book on Goodreads so long ago, because Roxane Gay gave it a great rating and wrote a lovely review. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I know this is about a neighborhood where a group of latinxs immigrants live and also that it’s #ownvoices because the author is also latinx.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez: I only found out about this one recently, the release date is  October 17th 2017 and I can’t wait to read it. In the synopsis this book is compared to Jane the Virgin and I’m sold, defenitily reading this one. Also, #ownvoices!

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with latinx main characters? 

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9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters

9 books with bisexual female characters

In this post, I will talk about 9 books with bisexual female main characters: 3 books I have read and loved, 3 books on my tbr and 3 books releasing soon. I haven’t read that many books with bisexual characters, but it’s something that’s important to me and I will definitely be reading more books with bisexual female characters in the future.

3 BOOKS I HAVE READ 

The book that inspired this list is How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, I think the way in which  Grace’s bisexuality is described in the book feels real and honest and the way her bisexuality is treated and viewed by other characters as something normal is so meaningful. here’s my full review.

I recently read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee and the main character in this books is not only a bisexual girl, she is also biracial. Sadly, it’s not that easy to find positive representation of a bisexual, biracial girl, so I think this book is so incredibly important.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is especially important to me, because the main character is not only bisexual, she is latinx like me. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and finding a fantasy book that I can relate to means so much to me.

3 BOOKS ON MY TBR 

I’m so excited to read Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas, it sounds like Parent Trap (the movie with Lindsay Lohan, which I have watched countless times and loved it all of them), but instead of sisters the girls like each other and one of them is bisexual. I think that’s all I need to say about it.

I have heard so many good things about Ash by Malinda Lo from Riley @RileyMarie that I can’t wait to read it. Also, I love retellings and more when the main character in the retelling is bisexual.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz has a black, bisexual female main character that has an eating disorder.  Finding a book like that it’s so rare that I can’t wait to read it. I’m so happy this book exist.

3 BOOKS RELEASING SOON 

27 Hours by Tristina Wright sounds amazing, the synopsis is great but the fact that it has a bunch of queer teens in space saving the day has me really excited to read it.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate has a bisexual, Asian-American female main character and it has accapela and I’m intrigued by that. I love books where there’s music and I want to see how they incorporate the accapela into the book.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde sounds amazing, I have heard the representation is spot on and I know it includes not only a bisexual female character, but also positive representation for autism (this is #ownvoices).

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with bisexual female characters? 

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