What Am I Reading?: October 2020

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All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

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George M. Johnson, journalist and activist, tells his own story in a series of personal essays exploring his childhood. From child, to teen, to young adult, Johnson presents the trials and troubles black queer boys face.

George M. Johnson tackles subjects such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, and family.

I was lucky enough to see Johnson speak at North Texas Teen Book Festival earlier this year – before COVID-19 hit – and I’m excited to finally read his book this month.

You can buy this book here!

Rep: black main character, LGBTQ+ main character, black author, LGBTQ+ author.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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As all stories begin, there once was a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. For Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya has to decide if she’s willing to step out for the first time.

Soraya thought she knew her place, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is becoming. Human or demon.

You can buy this book here!

Rep: LGBTQ+ main character, Persian main character, LGBTQ+ author, Persian author.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

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For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his home and start a new life in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a spirit abducts his sister, Nadia, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill the Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But the Princess has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic, requiring a heart. And she knows how to obtain one by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other.

You can buy this book here!

Rep: West African-inspired, mental health, Black main character, black author.

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