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Y’all. Is it to soon to say that I am so excited to be able to do T5W again?! And this month’s topic are literally fire. FIRE. So just to get on into the fun, this week’s topic was a freebie week, meaning I get to choose the topic! And because this month is all about Women, as well as Thursday being International Woman’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to make this week’s topic centered around… you guessed it, women. However, I wanted to take it a step further and highlight books that feature female POC characters.
5. Ms. Marvel by G. Wilson & Adrian Alphona
If this ain’t a great female empowering comic since Wonder Woman, I don’t know what is. I loved how relatable Kamala is and how un-stereotypical she is in relation to other super-heroes. I also loved how unique the story is compared to other graphic novels out there. It is somewhat confusing and I did have to read it twice, but I enjoyed the story immensely!
4. Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book is literally one of those super quirky reads that you fall in love with and end up bingeing it in one sitting. Filled with diverse representation, Queens of Geek, follows the main characters Charlie and Taylor during their time at SupaCon (basically ComiCon). Charlie is a Chinese-Australian vlogger and actress who is trying to distance her career from the train wreck that is her ex-boyfriend all the while falling for her long time crush Alyssa Hunnington. I loved every minute of this novel, from the representation (Own Voices: Bi Rep, Aspie Rep, Anxiety Rep) to this little nerdy lingo that is so naturally place within the novel it makes my heart swoon. I really connected with Charlie in so many ways, and I loved how the author developed her character throughout the story so naturally. Never felt rushed, and never felt like it fell short. Just...Swoooonnn.
3. From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
Okay, I know I talked about this book in my February Wrap Up, but I could not resist adding this story to this list! Our main character, Jasmine Santos is a half-Filipino figure skater who would die for her love–figure skating. However, shit hits the fan and she is left without a partner until she gets an offer from the very guy she has dreamt of pushing into oncoming traffic. And this is where I handed over my heart, and squealed my fangirl heart out. As a biracial former figure skater, I could relate to everything Jasmine was going through. I loved how natural and strong her character was; and I absolutely loved that even though she is confident in who she is and her body, we were given those lows moments that every girl feels about herself. Add that to the witty banter and spandex? I was in hog heaven.
2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Y’all. This book is probably one of my favorite contemporary novels of 2017. our MC, Dimple, was hilarious and literally made me smile every time we were given her POV. Not only does the author give us Indian Representation with both main characters, but our beloved Dimple’s dream is to become a web developer. Y’all she is into computers. Not knitting, music, or the arts…but the sciences. Which in the book community is a rarity to find. And obviously, I loved every moment of it. Menon, gave a different perspective to what a female main character can look like, and I have grown so much as a person because of this novel and because of Dimple…not to mention my Bollywood library has increased immensely, thank you very much.
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Is this one much of a surprise to anyone that knows me or follows my YouTube channel? This book will remain the best novel I have read in 2017 and no one can dethrone it. NO ONE. If you don’t already know what the story is about–which here is the Goodread’s page if you wanna fall in love–it follows our main character Starr who has unfortunately seen her best friend get shot by the police. The story shows Starr’s struggle in finding her voice with the aftermath of the shooting and the power of speaking out has. Angie Thomas created a masterpiece with Starr. Not only is she a character that is true and honest and real, but a character that I can see myself aspiring to be. She is a character that has influenced my personal life greatly and is someone I hold close. Don’t sleep on this novel, let it wreck you, let Starr do her thing and I promise you wont forget it.