Today I am going to be sharing with you my favourite BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) authors. This is going to be an ongoing series on my blog as I delve deeper into the world of black fiction and diversify my reading. As time passes, I am going to continue reading from, promoting, uplifting and amplifying black voices. I have so many BIPOC’s books on my Goodreads TBR, so you best believe I’ll have plenty more to share in the future. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1.) SANDHYA MENON
At this point in time, I have read every single book Sandhya Menon has ever published (including her novellas). She is known for writing YA contemporary novels with Indian female protagonists that are a spin-off of white rom-com films. For example: There’s Something About Sweetie (There’s Something About Mary), 10 Things I Hate About Pinky (10 Things I Hate About You), When Dimple Met Rishi (When Harry Met Sally) and more. Sandhya is set to release her debut adult fiction novel Make Up Break Up in February 2021 and I’m so excited for it. I highly recommend her works if you want a feel-good story where the brown girl is the empowered hero.
My Favourite Book of Sandhya Menon’s: There’s Something About Sweetie
2.) ANGIE THOMAS
I love Angie Thomas, not just because of her most famous and powerful work: The Hate U Give, but also because she’s the kindest woman alive. I met her at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2017 and we bonded over our mutual Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw. She told an extremely important story that started to open the eyes of white people all over the world regarding policy brutality. In 2021, Concrete Rose will hit shelves. This story is the prequel to The Hate U Give, following Starr Carter’s father Maverick. I cannot wait to learn more about his life. Francis also loves Angie Thomas and has read both of her novels. You can check out his thoughts about On The Come Up here and my review of THUG here.
My Favourite Book of Angie Thomas’s: The Hate U Give
3.) TOMI ADEYEMI
Tomi Adeyemi revolutionised the world of fiction when she released Children of Blood and Bone; the first ever African inspired, young adult fantasy story. Her series took Bookstagram and BookTube by storm. I loved diving into the land of Orisha where strong, independent female characters like Zelie and Amari fought for the oppressed. Her sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance was also phenomenal and I’m sure any day now she will announce the title of the third book in the trilogy. Tomi is such a humble, down-to-earth, beautiful and soulful author. She has endless love for her fans and is always photographed with a gigantic smile on her face. I will read anything she writes.
My Favourite Book of Tomi Adeyemi’s: Children of Blood and Bone
4.) NICOLA YOON
Nicola Yoon is a Jamaican-American author who wrote Everything, Everything and The Sun is also a Star. Both of these novels were adapted into fantastic films. Nicola has been featured in four anthologies, written two short stories and is married to David Yoon who wrote Frankly in Love, as well as illustrated her debut book: Everything, Everything. Her gentle nature and kind heart always show up in her writing. If you want to read my review on Nicola’s first book, you can check it out here. I’m so excited for her next masterpiece!
My Favourite Book of Nicola Yoon’s: The Sun is also a Star
5.) ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American author and the queen of writing in verse. I absolutely fell in love with her debut novel: The Poet X in 2019. I loved it so much I bought it as a Christmas present for my best friend and put it on my Top 10 Best Books of 2019 post. You can read that here. I don’t know how Elizabeth does it, but she puts so much heart and soul into her characters. They are incredibly real, raw and relatable. I adored her second novel With the Fire on High and I am currently waiting for Clap When You Land to become available at my local library. Please please read one of her novels if you haven’t already. She has a talent like none other!
My Favourite Book of Elizabeth Acevedo’s: The Poet X
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please recommend your favourite BIPOC authors and novels below. As mentioned, this will be an ongoing series as I read more and more from people of colour. Thank you for reading.
Peace & Love xoxo