Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.
The topic for today (13/07/17) is: Favourite Books I’ve Read That Feature a PoC MC
I feel like I don’t talk about diversity enough on my blog. Being a Person of Colour myself, I’m always looking for good representation of people like me and just non-white persons in general. This is a collection of amazing books that I’ve read this year featuring a PoC as the main character. Two of them are popular and have received a ton of hype, but one is more of a hidden gem. Without further ado, let me get to my list.
1. Future Shock series by Elizabeth Briggs
This is a YA sci-fi series featuring time travel and a Latina female main character named Elena Martinez. This book sucked me in completely and I finished it in less than a day. It has great representation, characters you can’t help but root for and plot twists that will leave you in shock, as the title promises. I enjoyed the sequel much more than the first book because it picks up right where the first one left off with the main character learning to cope with the events that happened in the first. It also incorporates some mental health representation (PTSD, to be specific). I can’t personally vouch for the rep, but I’m pretty sure no one has found it problematic. This is a sci-fi series that I highly recommend you check out.
2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this funny and cute YA contemporary summery read! It’s told in dual perspective and features Indian American teens as the main characters. I could see parts of myself reflected in both the characters. Rishi is so adorable that, given the chance, I want him for myself. The Indian culture was represented very well – not only did it show its strengths but also exposed chinks where it could learn to be more broad-minded. As it is an #ownvoices novel, I wasn’t worried about the representation being problematic and I’m glad to report that it is 100% spot on. Go pick up this book before autumn sneaks up on you!
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this is an extremely well-told and timely story featuring a black main character named Starr Carter. What stood out for me was the fact that it too showed the positive as well as the negative aspects of the community. Nothing was glossed over and the realness was refreshing to read. Starr as a protagonist was relatable and her struggles tugged at my heartstrings. I loved seeing her grow as a character. This book has received only amazing reviews and I feel it truly deserves it. Drop whatever you’re reading* and get this one right now. I promise you won’t regret it.
*Not on the floor, you monster! Book abuse is punishable by law.
That’s it for this instalment of the series. I hope it helped you add some diversity to your bookshelves. What are some of the best books you’ve read featuring a person of colour as the main character? I’m always looking for recommendations to read diversely, so share them in the comments section below.