Hi readers! I’ve been struggling a little with ideas for blog posts lately and figured that doing weekly memes is a great way to showcase some of my fave and most anticipated books! Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Each week, you feature:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released that you haven’t read yet
- A diverse book that has not been released.
For all the info, check out Aimal’s announcement post here.
This week, I’ll be sharing diverse fantasy books!
“The City of Brass” by S.A. Chakraborty
The City of Brass is hands down the best debut fantasy I’ve ever read. It has phenomenal world-building, political intrigue, and amazing character development. The writing and settings were completely immersive, but what brought it all together was the cultural influence. This is an own voices Muslim fantasy and it has the sort of authenticity you cannot get from non-own voices authors. I very highly recommend you read this and I am highly anticipating the sequel.
“Mirage” by Somaiya Daud
I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a single bad thing about Mirage. This was only very recently released (last week, I think) and pre and post release I’ve heard amazing things. I think this one falls under both fantasy and sci-fi and I have to admit, I don’t actually know much about this. But I’ve heard that it’s an amazing multi-dimensional story about colonization with ownvoices Moroccan rep, so I was sold! Also, lots of people whose opinions I highly value loved this book, so I’m 100% sure I will too!
“Girls of Paper and Fire” by Natasha Ngan
I don’t really keep up to date with fantasy releases because I don’t read a lot of fantasy. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere lately and so I finally read the synopsis for this and I need this book asap. Girls of Paper and Fire is an ownvoices Asian inspired fantasy with a f/f romance. Sign me the fuck up. There are so little f/f fantasy books out in the world and I really hope this one becomes mainstream. I cannot wait to read and promote the heck out of this. Luckily for all of us, we won’t have to wait long. Girls of Paper and Fire releases on November 6th!
Okay, that’s it for today! Let me know some diverse fantasy books you’ve recently read and loved, or some diverse fantasy you can’t wait to get your hands on!
Thank you so much for reading,