Hello there Wallflowers! I hope you are doing well. It’s a few days behind schedule, but here it is, my top 10 reads of March! Let’s get reading!
(Roughly in order of date finished)
How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Marie Fleming is a fun, frank, and achingly honest guide to being “less stupid about race” that I recommend to anyone looking to be anti-racist, especially for those of us who are white, and I promise you will finish this book feeling educated and inspired to do the work and continue learning.
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan is a young adult novel told from the perspective of two queer teens during pride month. Kate can’t stop running away from the things that scare her, and she may have just blown her shot at being with the girl that she loves, and Mark… well, he’s fallen in love with his best friend. His best friend who doesn’t love him back. Kate and Mark’s paths cross one fateful night and they become each other’s lifeline as everything in their lives falls apart. Perfect for queer teens and lovers of romance that is raw and complicated.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is a historical fiction young adult novel that takes place in LA during the 1992 protests and riots after the brutal police assault of Rodney King. Ashley Bennet is a wealthy black teenager living in LA and the novel follows her life as these riots change her life. Issues of race, class, and violence are prominent in this book and the writing was absolutely beautiful! I listened to it on audio, and if you prefer audiobooks to print, then this is a book you can’t miss.
Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein was such an empowering novel that it made me want to be a coder even though I am absolutely terrible at coding. Told from the perspective of three young women spending the summer competing as a team for a tech internship in Silicon Valley, this novel touches on issues of sexism and gender in the tech industry. Reading this book made me angry at injustice while feeling powerful within. If you are looking for a feminist read like Moxie (now a Netflix movie!) or Six Angry Girls, this book is for you!
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas was so beautiful that thinking about it makes me want to cry tears a mix of sadness, joy, and love. Yadriel is a transgender Latinx boy whose family is made of the brujx, brujos and brujas who guard the cemetery, guide spirits, and protect their own. Yadriel and his cousin Maritza are determined to prove that Yadriel is a brujo, despite what the rest of the brujx have to say about him being trans. This story is full of mystery, intrigue, queer love, and what it means to be a family. I recommend it to literally everyone! I love it that much!
YES! Periods! Feminism! And reclaiming the power of everyone who menstruates. I am SO here for it! I listened to Period Power on audiobook, read by the lovely Nadya Okamoto herself, and I finished it in one day! Everyone should read this book regardless of gender or knowledge of menstruation. Be an ally to the feminist movement and learn about the issues and inequities menstruators face in our society today.
Keeping with the theme of feminism, I recommend a middle-grade novel that is extremely relevant in today’s culture of shaming women, girls, and non-binary people. The Prettiest by Brigit Young is told from the perspectives of three eighth-grade girls, whose lives are turned upside down by the release of The List, the list of the top 50 prettiest girls in their grade. They are determined to find out who did this to them and why. This book is a must-read for all feminists, especially the young ones who may be experiencing something very similar today.
Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace is a beautiful collection of poetry that I read in one sitting. I love her writing and I think that this book is her best yet! Goodreads says “This is a story about not letting society dictate the limits of your potential. it’s time to take back your power & realize that you don’t need a king in order to be a queen”. I think that just about says it all!
For those of you who don’t already know, I LOVE Winnie the Pooh. My early childhood love for the creatures that live in the Hundred Acre Wood has only deepened as I have grown. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff may have changed my life. I cannot even explain how beautiful the sweet and simple delivery of Taoist principles was and I recommend this to every person ever. This book might just change you too, and it most certainly will make you think.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee was the final book I read in March and it did not disappoint! This book came highly recommended by my friends and I found myself flying through it, despite having little time to sit down and read. If you are looking for a book that is fast-paced, snappy, romantic, humorous, with a dash of queer love and adventure, then this book is for you! Go read it now, and I know you will fall in love with it in seconds.
What were your favorite reads this past month? Have you read anything on this list? Let me know in the comments and give this post a share if you enjoyed it!
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