Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Diverse Books Tag

Many thanks to Naz from Read Diverse Books for creating this tag. This is the first one that I've taken part in, by the way - so here we go!

I decided to include a majority of books that I have read and would recommend, in the attempt to keep my TBR pile to a minimum and increase yours with the best books I've read (cue evil laugh).

Find a Book Starring a Lesbian Character

The Telling by Ursula K. LeGuin - One of my favorite books from LeGuin's Hamish Cycle (which is infinitely better than her Earthsea Series; I'll fight you on this), which incidentally has a lesbian, POC main character.

Find a Book with a Muslim Protagonist

I Am Istanbul/Istanbullu by Buket Uzuner, translated by Kenneth J. Dakan - I adored this book from the female Turkish author, which takes place entirely within Istanbul's Ataturk airport. Read my review here.

Find a Book Set in Latin America

A Planet for Rent by Yoss, translated by David Frye - Amazing Cuban speculative fiction. See my review here.

Find a Book About a Person with a Disability

The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden - Tsomo is a poor Bhutanese woman who travels through northern India looking for work. For many years, she struggles with a debilitating deformity: a growth in her womb that makes her appear 8 months pregnant, with all of the problems associated with that. This book does a wonderful job of showing Tsomo's predicament and her resilience in the face of this disease. Read my review here.

Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy Book with a POC Protagonist

The Devourers by Indra Das - This book is hands-down my favorite book that I stumbled upon while keeping this blog. And it will come out on July 12, 2016 in the US! I need more people to read it so I can geek out with other people, instead of just by myself in my room. Read my review here.

Find a Book Set In or About Any Country in Africa

Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home by Balaraba Ramat Yukubu - The first full-length novel translated from Hausa to English and published by one of my favorite Indian publishers, this short book is a soap opera in printed form. Read my review here.

Find a Book Written by an Indigenous or Native Author

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, edited by Hope Nicholson - A beautiful collection of graphic stories by Native North Americans. Also the cover is amazing. Read my review here.

Find a Book Set in South Asia

The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj Shreshta - Two beautifully written novellas that bring the little-known, former Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim to life. I bought this when I visited Sikkim, and I loved the memories of the trip that this book evoked. Read my review here.

Find a Book With a Biracial Protagonist

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett - This is kind of cheating, because Furo isn't technically biracial: through a strange, Kafkaesque transformation he ends up becoming a different race. Yep, one day he wakes up and instead of being a cockroach he's suddenly white. There's a great sense of the absurd and some wonderful satire about postcolonial societies, too. Review coming soon. 

Find a Book Starring a Transgender Character or About Transgender Issues

Pantomime by Laura Lam - Not one that I've read, but from the reviews it's a YA fantasy novel about an intersex individual who begins to get magical powers and then joins the circus! Sounds like something I would like. By the way, I found the recommendation on this reddit thread

That was fun! I highly recommend all of these novels (the ones I have read, at least), and I'd love to discuss them with other readers. What have you got?

Since I'm supposed to tag 5 people, I think I'll go with a few from the IFFP Shadow Panel last year. That would be:

Joe from roughghosts

Emma from Words and Peace

Bellezza from Dolce Bellezza

Grant from 1streading's Blog

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  1. Are you back in India? I hope your trip to the U.S.went well.

    Thanks for doing the tag.
    You have officially gotten me excited for The Devourers.😃

    I've seen Blackass before and it looks so strange and interesting!

    Also, I wasn't a big fan of the Earthsea series (well, I only read the first one), but am still open to reading more if Le Guin's work, especially if it had a lesbian MC!

    1. Yes I am back. And you must read The Devourers because I NEED someone to talk to about it. :D

      As for Earthsea, I'm gradually making my way through the series. I discovered that I really dislike the main character, I think - the short stories that are in the same world were OK. But LeGuin's Hamish cycle is AMAZING. Especially this one, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed. I almost listed The Left Hand of Darkness for the one with Transgender themes, but then I thought I should probably widen my scope of authors. :P