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Default Authors of Colour (incl. book recommendations)

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Hello, guys

I've been thinking to create this thread for a few months. The purpose of this thread so we can discuss, promote and recommend more books from author of color! Feel free to join because honestly there are a LOT of them, I have read some and honestly they are really good especially from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective (own voices)

Here are some books I own and recommend to everyone

South Asian, Middle Eastern and Muslim Authors:
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  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Tahereh Mafi (Sa13+)
I have recommended it here and it's the first book I've read from Muslim Authors
  • Amal Unbound (Aisha Saeed) (Sa13+)
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
TW: child labor


Amal is a 12 year-old girl who lives in a small village in Pakistan, she has a dream to be a teacher but unfortunately life happens and forces her to quit school to help her family. Yes, it's a middle grade book but I think everyone should read it, because it tells us how having a proper education is a privilege and there are some people couldn't afford it.

  • Amina's Voice (Hena Khan) (Sa13+)
Genre: Middle grade, Contemporary
TW: Vandalism


Yes, another middle grade book But this is such a cute heartwarming story, especially with this current situation. I also find some of us felt what Amina experienced, she's such an innocent middle grade student who's confused why everyone is changing and sort of refused to grow up and face the teenager world.
  • Ayesha at Last (Uzma Jalalludin) (Sa16+)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Trigger Warning: Islamophobic


As a Muslim, I find Ayesha is such a unique character because she is not obsessed with marriage (like me ) unlike other Muslim girls. Even though Khalid is insufferable (and he cannot stand up for himself in front of his mother!), but I do feel bad on what he has experienced in his workplace just because he's showing his identity as a Muslim.
  • More to the Story (Hena Khan) (Sa13+)
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Trigger Warning: Microagressions


This is a modern retelling version of Little Women, I have reviewed it as one of my podcast episode and it's really cute and heartwarming.
  • That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story (Huda Fahmy) (Sa13+)
Genre: Autobiography, Contemporary
Trigger Warning: None


Huda is a woman behind @yesimhotinthis instagram, she always created this comic telling the struggles of being a hijabi in the US. In her current book, she's telling the story of how she met her husband (Gehad) and how she's struggling with love life, finding a suitor and other stuffs.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay (Adib Khorram) (Sa13+)
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age
Trigger Warning: Mental Illness


I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK! Sorry not sorry but I think this one is better than the Perks of Being a Wallflower (similar theme, same genre) because in this book I can see the struggle of Darius because he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere (he's too American for being a Persian but also he's not American enough). His friendship with Sohrab is so pure ugh.


Southeast Asian authors:
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  • Crazy Rich Asian trilogy (Kevin Kwan) (Sa16+)
I also have recommended it here
  • The Weight of Our Sky (Hanna Alkaf) (Sa16+)
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Trigger Warning: Mental Illness (OCD), Violence, Blood


This book was set in 1969 in Malaysia, there was a huge inter-ethnicity riot between the Malay and the Chinese. Melati, the main character, is a Malay girl who struggled with untreated OCD and one day when the riot happened, she was separated by her mother and was saved by a Chinese woman, leaving her best friend behind.



Latinx authors:
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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz) (Sa13+)
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age
Trigger Warning: Violence


This book is beautifully written, gosh. It has similar vibe as Darius the Great is Not Okay and I LOVE BOTH I CANNOT CHOOSE GOODNESS!


Black Authors:
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  • On the Come Up (Angie Thomas) (Sa16+)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Trigger Warning: Gun violence (mentioned), Drugs (mentioned), Racism


I found this book on a sale and this is the first book of Angie Thomas I bought. I didn't regret it, it brings up a different topic from THUG but it doesn't mean this book is less great than THUG.
  • The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) (Sa16+)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Trigger Warning: Gun Violence, Racism


When it comes to black author, this is probably the first book that pops on my mind. This book brings up more about Black Lives Matter movement by activism and it makes me realize how ASDNSJKSKSNS the system is.


So let's discuss and perhaps recommend more author of color books!
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I have so many recommendations! But I apologize in advance because they are mostly American authors as well.

Black Authors
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Sa16+
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Sa16+
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Sa13+
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Sa13+
  • Dear Martin and Dear Justice by Nic Stone, Sa16+
  • anything by Clint Smith (if you like poetry)
  • anything by James Baldwin - content warning, Sa18+
  • anything by Chimamanda Adichie

Latinx Authors
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - Sa16+, content warning
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo - Sa16+

Southeast Asian Authors
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Sa16+
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Sa16+

Middle Eastern Authors
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, content warning, Sa16+
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, also content warning, Sa18+

So I didn't see a category for Indigenous Authors or Native American authors? But I recommend There There by Tommy Orange (Sa18+ and a content warning here). I saw him speak at a conference last year and I read this book. I think he's important, and an amazing storyteller with a great sense of humor. I can't wait to see more from him.

I have more suggestions, and some great short stories I'd love to recommend, but I'm about to fall asleep... I'll be back!
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^ that's because I haven't read any of Native American literature (and also some from east Asian like Japanese, Korean and Chinese) so that's why there is no Native American categories yet but I'm actually curious about Native American, thank you!

I saw you mentioned Celeste Ng, since I haven't read any of her work so which one should I read first?

I also want to include some Indonesian authors who have some of their books translated into English (even though I'm not sure if it's still available or not) but I haven't read some of them jeez ulfa.
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Oh okay!

So one other book by a Native American author I'd recommend is the semi-autobiographical The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Sa13+, content warning).

It gives a great idea of what growing up on the rez is like in modern-day America, BUT I will say that Alexie has been, how do we say, outed by the Me Too movement for his problematic behavior toward women. So he's not one of my favorite people, but most of my students who have read this book really enjoyed it, and I did too. Quality novel, not so great author.

Tommy Orange writes for adults, but is a better person overall. I'd be happy to recommend some more to you but I should probably read them first!

Oh and for Celeste Ng, I LOVED "Everything I Never Told You" more than "Little Fires Everywhere." I'd start with "Everything" first.
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So I have read Dear Martin and All American Boys ;___;

SPOILER!!: dear Martin
Dear Martin has some similarities with THUG; both the protagonists has witnessed their loved ones died in police's hand and goes to predominantly white private school (except Justyce got a full scholarship there). Except Dear Martin also talked about how Justyce got unpleasant treatments from his white classmates who are ignorant about black culture (like casually throwing the n words, offensive Halloween costume etc.) and how he's trying to be like Martin while in the middle of that situation while THUG is mostly focused on Khalil's case and how it affected the neighborhood).

Both are brilliant books and also important to be read, especially in current situation.


SPOILER!!: All American Boys
this book is unique because it offers two different perspectives: from the victim (the black teenage guy who got assaulted by white cop) and the witness (the white teenager) who happened to personally knows the cop. The conflict of Quinn (the white boy) is very interesting to read, makes why I enjoyed this book.



I'm grateful Scribd has a lot of books written by author of colors on their collection
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I have another book recommendation that you guys, need to read. Especially if you want to know more about Muslims biggest Holiday: Eid.

Title of the book: ONCE UPON AN EID: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices
Editor: SK Ali and Aisha Saeed

This is a book of 15 short stories written by Muslim ownvoices about Ramadan, Fasting and Eid (and there is one story about Hajj and Eid Al Adha too). Most of the character are around pre-teen ages since this book is middle grade. You will read various story of how Muslims celebrate Eid, from the Black culture, Pakistani, the stories about newly converted family, Shi'a, the refugees etc. It's very heartwarming and ugh, makes me missed Eid so much although I feel like there should be an Indonesian Muslim author contributed in here for Southeast Asia rep (there is one for Malaysia, though). This book on Goodreads has great rating (around 4.3/5) but it only has like 800 ratings and 500 reviews yikes. so underrated.
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