Abigail Adewole, commonly known as Abi Christina, is a student from London currently studying a Bsc Psychology degree. Since 2016, Abigail has been blogging about books and fashion on abichristina.com. After learning about how fast fashion impacts workers and the environment, Abigail’s fashion blog posts have evolved into discussing why ethical fashion and sustainability is important while also aiming to make ethical and sustainable fashion inclusive and accessible.
Are you interested in reading books about diverse experiences? #OwnVoices Books are a great way to diversify your reading, where the main character of a book is written by an author who shares the same identity as them.
For example, a Black author writing about a Black main character or an LGBTQ+ author writing about an LGBTQ+ character. Reading #OwnVoices books help provide representation in marginalised groups and can also help understand the perspective of these groups more. If you are looking for diverse books to read here are four recommendations to add to your reading list!
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
This book follows Jack, who meets a girl called Kate, who later ends up dying. For an unknown reason, Jack relives the time from where he met Kate all the way up to her death over and over again. Every chance he gets, he tries to save her, making some bad decisions and some good decisions along the way. If you’re a fan of Groundhog Day and About Time, this book takes a spin on both films, with likeable characters and the realities of health issues that significantly impact Black people.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
You may have heard of the Netflix film trilogy but did you know they were adapted from books? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about Lara Jean, a half-Korean, half-White high school girl who writes a love letter to each of her crushes and keeps them locked away in a hatbox her late mother gave to her. When all of her letters suddenly get mailed, she realises she has to face all the boys she has ever loved and ends up being placed in complicated situations.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
What would you do with your last 24 hours on Earth? In this book, two strangers, Mateo and Rufus, get called by Death-Cast who tells them that they will pass away at some point in the day. They both meet through an app which helps find Deckers like them (someone who has 24 hours to live) and they spent their last hours alive together. If you want to read a book with LGBTQ+ representation that inspires you to live every day like it’s your last, you’ll enjoy this book!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
If you’re a fan of mythology, this book will bring you on an action-packed adventure! Children of Blood and Bone takes inspiration from West African Yoruba mythology, in the fictional land of Orïsha. The king has robbed the people of Orïsha from using their magic and anyone who dares to use it gets a death wish. Eleven years later, 17-year-old Zélie and her brother Tzain go on a mission to bring magic back, with the unexpected help of the king’s daughter, Amari. The journey is full of twists and turns and the ending will leave you wanting to read more!
You Should See me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This book follows Liz Lightly, a queer Black teenager who plans on moving out of her small town to attend Pennington College, in the hopes of becoming a doctor. When her financial aid for university gets rejected, she decides to run for prom queen which gives her a scholarship that could help fund her university fees. During her campaign, she meets the new girl, Mack, who is also running for prom queen. Although it is clear that Liz and Mack are crushing on each other, their prom rivalry makes their relationship more complicated than they planned.