Diversifying Your Reading

I recently posted a list of resources for worldwide issues, which you can find here, and on it, I included a list of books you can read to educate yourself on numerous causes, but I also wanted to create a list of books that aren’t solely educational, but are still written by diverse authors. I’ve organized this list by genres, so you can easily find books on your favorite subjects.

This list will be updated regularly as I find more books. If you have any suggestions or recommendations of books to add, please let me know in a comment, or you can send it to me on Instagram, Twitter, or at my email. My Instagram is @Imaginereaders, my Twitter is @Imaginereader01, and my email is imaginereaders@gmail.com.

Posted: August 31, 2020. Last Updated: September 6, 2020

All of the books will be hyperlinked to their Goodreads page so you can read a full description and find reviews.


A Blade So Black by L.L McKinney

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

The Deep by River Solomon

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Simoqin Prophecies by Samit Basu

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Descendant of The Crane by Joan He

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

Mirage by Somiaya Duad

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Science Fiction

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum

The Marrow Thieves by Cheire Dimaline

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Want by Cindy Pon

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Historical Fiction

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Cario Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

Fools Crow by James Welch

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Middle Grade

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Santiago’s Road Home by Alexandra Diaz

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia


You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite

Slay by Brittney Morris

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

Starlight by Richard Wagamese

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

Parachutes by Kelly Yang


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Dream of The Red Chamber by Xueqin Cao

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe

Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Border Town by Shen Congwen

Near To The Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

Poetry and Verse Novels

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The Collected Poetry by Léopold Sédar Senghor

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

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