Themed Book Recommendations: Diverse Books Only

Hey book fam! Today I’m going to be sharing some themed book recommendations. There are a bunch of fun topics that are being touched on, so make sure to browse to see what would best be suited for your To Read pile! I’ve also compiled all of these recommendations in one easy to browse list on my Bookshop. Feel free to browse there! As usual, you can count that every book mentioned is diverse in some way. So don’t be shy adding to your list!

These questions/themes were shared with me by the lovely Zuz at Literally. They run a beautiful blog over at Literally, so be sure to check out their post too! Plus Zuz is so sweet and always supporting Bookish Brews, so go show some support over there!


  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends

A book about friendship

I recently read You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao! Though it sounds like this book is entirely about a girl calling her dead boyfriend and him picking up, it’s about how we deal with grief. It’s about how the people we know help us move on and heal. Julie’s friends are incredible, and I couldn’t get enough of them. Absolutely recommend this one!

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

I’ve also just started Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace, who writes books about strong, kickass, ride or die friendships. I can count on her to write a book about strong friendships. Definitely check this one out as well! Can you say Nomance!?

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A translated book

This question really made me realize that I should read some translated books! I haven’t read any. πŸ˜… A book that has been hyped up by my friend that I really want to read (once an English translation is available) is Nuestra parte de noche. I’m literally such a scaredy cat, I don’t know how I’ll be able to read it, though. I guess we will see!

(Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A diverse romance

This one is pretty easy, considering I basically only read diverse books. I have a handful of recommendations that I have read recently, and I even have reviews! Let me just list some, I love diverse romances, can you tell?

  • The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu – (Review coming Saturday! | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop) – the book that I’m currently reading
  • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – (Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop) – which was so incredible I definitely cried
  • Anna K by Jenny Lee – (Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop) – if you are familiar with Anna Karenina, you’ll love it even more! But you don’t have to be familiar with the story to have fun either. Best of both worlds!
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – (Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop) – which was so cute I was jumping with joy

A fast-paced book

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman was really way more fast paced than anticipated! There was no moment while reading this one that I got bored because it dragged. The pacing was absolutely incredible. I’m still obsessed with this, and the incredible half-Asain protagonist, Nami!

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

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A nonfiction other than a memoir

I’m still a bit stunned about Feminism, Interrupted by Lola Olufemi. This book was concise, decisive, inclusive, transnational, and intelligent. Absolutely recommend this one to literally everyone. It’s such an important read, and I learned so much that I want to read it a few more times. It’s short too!

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

An underrated memoir

I’m not really a memoir reader. They never draw too much of my attention, unfortunately. Anyway, I don’t think I would say this is underrated, considering it isn’t out yet, but I definitely think that Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner is going to be a fantastic one. I think we should all check that one out. Especially since it just came out this week! Myself included!

(Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads

Actually a ton of my reads are under 10,000 reviews on Goodreads. Honestly that’s a lot of reviews! So I’m going to go with a book that has way fewer reviews than it deserves. Spark to Shadow by Atima Kim was literally one of the best books I’ve read this year, and at the time of typing this it only has (and I swear this is true) 12 ratings on Goodreads. Twelve? I will continue to hype this book until it gets more love. Everyone go check it out!

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist

Okay, there are a bunch that I’ve read! But I recently have still been thinking about this one. This book was really polarizing in my experience, but I really loved The Space Between Worlds by Michaiah Johnson. The protagonist has two love interests, one is a man and one is a woman. Which is just something I never really see in books, and totally want to see more of. But this book really made me question what it means to be who we are.

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A book by a trans or non-binary author

I haven’t read this yet, but I’m SO excited to read The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey. I’ve heard such good things about it! Plus Sarah wrote a really great review on it! Check it out here. I read an excerpt for it a while ago and it was so good!

(Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

A book with more than 500 pages

Can I say the entire The Poppy War series? All of them! They’re all absolutely incredible. I love them so much. They were actually the first series that I read that was Asian inspired, which is nuts that it was so recently. You could say that changed my life a little bit. Thank you Rebecca Kuang! They’re all lengthy, but so so good.

Links for The Poppy War (book 1): Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop
Click covers below for buy links to the rest of the series

A short story collection

I don’t know if this counts exactly, because it’s a magazine. But it’s a magazine of short stories! khōréō magazine is the magazine I’ve been waiting my whole life for. It’s a magazine by and for people of a diaspora. It touches on the complexities of being detached from your culture and your heritage. Each story was fantastic. I reviewed it here, and most of the stories are out for free on the khōréō website now.

Book you want everyone to read

Absolutely, without a doubt, it’s Folklorn by Angela mi Young Hur. This book changed my life. It was the first book that I’ve ever read that explored Asian American identity so thoroughly and beautifully. It was just stunning. I have been shoving it in people’s faces for months now. And it comes out this month, so everyone better grab a copy!!!

(Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop)

Thanks so much to Zuz for tagging me in this fun bookish tag! It took me a while to get all of these recommendations together, but looking back at this list these books are all so good!! I’m so glad to be able to recommend them to everyone.

I tag Sarah at Girl on Books, Ariel at Gemini Book Nook, Katie at Whispering of Pages, Nae at Ink Haven by Nae, Ahaana at Windows to Worlds, Ritz at Living, Loving, and Reading, and Etta at Chonky Books.

Of course, anyone who I didn’t tag is welcome to do this as well! We can all always use more recommendations. πŸ™‚

Have I convinced you to check out any of these? Let me know which ones sound the most interesting to you!