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March is finally here, marking the beginning of Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than by adding some new books to your TBR pile. These ten amazing books by women of color showcase different cultures, time periods, history, mystery, coming of age tales, and even some romance. They should be at the top of your pre-order list!
A Hex for Danger by Esme Addison
Dive deep into the mysterious world of mermaids. When a body turns up at the local history museum in the small town of Bellamy Bay, water witch Aleksandra Daniels becomes wrapped up in the case. After Alex’s friend Celeste becomes a suspect for the murder, at the Mermaid festival, she asks Alex to find the true killer. With the help of her mermaid family, Alex tries to clear Celeste’s name but comes to find there is more than meets the eye.
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
Relatable teenager Quinn loves to keep lists of everything. Quinn likes to write down her fears the most, because she does not want to face them. Quinn keeps all her fears hidden in her journal until the day her journal goes missing and her lists are posted on Instagram for the school to see. Quinn is forced to face her fears through being blackmailed by the anonymous Instagram account. Throughout the journey of finding the person who stole her journal, she faces her biggest fear of all…love.
Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
In a whirl wind summer, Nozomi Nagai is invested in winning over the heartbroken Willow. Willow is gorgeous, glamourous, and newly single. Except there is one problem. Willow wants Nozomi to be her fake girlfriend to make her ex jealous. Nozomi willingly agrees, but plans to win Willow over by showing her she is better than a stand-in. Throughout Nozomi’s scheme there may be a chance of love for her, but not with who she was planning.
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
After 9/11, the US officially declared war on Iraq causing tensions and hate crimes to rise. In 2003, Shadi and her family struggle to survive during this time in the Muslim community. With her brother dead, her father sick and her mother a mess, Shadi is faced with great sorrow, searching for a sense of hope and identity. With her heartbroken, Shadi must come face to face with the crumbling world around her and try to mend her broken heart. The hidden modern-day war story.
When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown
In the summer of 1936, Opal Pruitt her grandmother are housekeepers in the old south of Georgia. Opal is young and clinging to hope that she can carefree as she gets closer to turning 18. When the Ku Klux Klan descends upon her neighborhood, the town is shaken, and the residents are forced to acknowledge the unspoken ways of the old south. Through it all, Opal finds herself torn between two young men, awakening her sense of love and hope.
When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Young Beth’s life is spiraling and the only thing keeping her together is her friendships. In the wake of questions, Beth must make the best decisions to keep her and her friends together. Especially her friend Jason, who is going through as much as she is. Beth has feelings for Jason is put to the test in the wake of uncertainty in his future. Beth must decide how far she is willing to give up for Jason’s future and hers.
The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim
Newly graduated, Noreen is still coping with the death of her Aunt Sonia. Hoping to soften her grief she decides to take a gap year and explore New Delhi with her mother, who is there for business. Soon, Noreen meets the young and handsome Kabir. Kabir takes Noreen all over the city and she finds the beauty in the history and the modernness of New Dehli. But just when Noreen starts to feel like herself again, her relationship is rocked by Kabir’s family scandal. Noreen does her best to be there for him while also questioning the boundaries of love. Will she leave New Delhi whole again?
A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
In antebellum America, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has served as a mistress at Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades and has decided to call it quits and rebel against her family, by posing for a portrait. In her last hurrah she learns her family secrets of the plantation, while seeing everything she had been missing in her life. Sylvie also learns there is more to the interwoven lives of those bound to a plantation, in 1860 Louisiana.
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod
Young Toni Bennette plans on being a musician and leaving her small town. At an early age, her first love Sebastian promised they would leave together, but that never happened. Older now, Toni is living in Philadelphia as a musician and wants to join an up-and-coming band. Everything seems to be falling into place until she discovers that the band’s manager is Sebastian, the boy who left her behind. Will she leave her feelings for Seb in the past?
Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin
Hana Khan, a waitress at her mother’s restaurant, dreams of telling stories on the radio. She decides to pour her energy into a podcast where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But things turn upside-down when a new restaurant in town opens, threatening her mother’s and she begins to crush on the young owner of the rival restaurant. A hate-motivated attack on their neighborhood complicates the situation further and Hana must learn to use her voice for the sake of her community, for her family, and her future.