Hey friends! Happy World Book Day! I hope you’re having a good day! And I hope You’ve been checking out any enjoying this series of World Book Day diverse book recommendations! It’s now time for me to share my recommendations, so read on to see them. Enjoy!
If you’re jumping in now and want to see the previous post in the series, you can find it on Kate’s blog, Reading Through Infinity, and the next post in the series will be coming on Nenah’s blog, Type 1 Fiction. Check them out!
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret for ever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part… because she’s a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can see who she truly is.
The main character of George is a trans girl, and this book is aimed at younger readers, and I think it is a really good book for younger readers to have the chance to read. It was also a really cute book and I really enjoyed reading it.
Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated–or understood.
Let’s Talk About Love features a Black, asexual and biromantic main character, and it is a book I absolutely adore because of how much I related to it, especially the asexual rep, and how much that meant to me, being able to relate to a character to that extent.
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.
Raybearer also features an asexual character (I won’t say who), and it is a really amazing West African inspired fantasy novel. It is one of my favourite YA fantasy books ever, and I really think everyone should read it. It was so unique and interesting and I just loved it so much.