Today, the day that I’m originally posting this, is the 4th of July. Independence Day, for the United States!
And while we’re celebrating the US, I thought it would be great idea to celebrate the diversity we have, so I’ve decided to share some diverse/inclusive books that are set here.
I came up with this post idea at the last minute, so I had to keep it short, but hopefully you’ll still find some new books for your TBR!
American Hippo by Sarah Gailey
Ever wondered what would happen if you combined the Old West with hippos? Now is your chance to find out! I read this book recently, and I’m bummed there won’t be more because it’s got writing, characters, and a story I want to keep reading about! It’s also got main characters who are POC and queer. [Review]
Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
If you think there’s nothing new that can be done with vampire romance stories, you need to give this amazing M/M series a try. It’s about a twenty-something, who’s Indian and a non-practicing Hindu, dating a vampire, who’s devoutly Catholic—all while fighting demons and other supernatural threats in and around New Orleans. [Review]
Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
This one is a gritty supernatural police procedural set in Miami and filled with vampires both good and bad, but the twist here is that the main character is—wait for it—an Egyptian mummy! Don’t worry, there was at least one scarab joke 😉 [Review]
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen
If new adult and/or sci-fi are more your thing, you might enjoy this mysterious, new adult book with a main character who’s gay, has a mental illness, and is a quarter Comanche. [Review]
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I’ve not read this one yet, but golems come from Jewish mythology, jinn come from Arabian and Islamic mythology, and the blurb for this book calls it, “a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.” It sounds like a great book with an interesting mix of cultures and ideas!