Top Ten New Recently Read Books that I Want to Recommend to Students

Hello readers!

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m excited about this one because I’m excited about some of the things I’ve been reading lately. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I’m going to make a list of books I’ve read recently that I can’t want to put into the hands of a student.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo — for readers who like novels-in-verse, slam poetry, or who like stories about conflict between child and parent. Afro-Latina (Dominican) protagonist.

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay — for readers who like stories about basketball and friendship between boys. It’s really, come for the basketball, stay for the conflict. Filipino and black American protagonists.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland — for readers who like historical fiction/fantasy, here you go. Post-Civil War and the dead reanimate. Who’s going to be sent to the front lines to fight the zombie horde during reconstruction? Mixed race (black/white) protagonist.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore — for readers who like a healthy dose of magical realism with their romance. LGBTQ Latinx and Middle Eastern American protagonists.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander— also for readers who like novels-in-verse and/or basketball. I’d suggest reading The Crossover first, however it’s not necessary. This is a fabulous coming of age story that will… well, read the spoiler-free review below. Black American protagonist.

The First Rule of Punk by Ceclia C. Pérez — for readers who like punk, parental conflict, and middle schoolers who start bands and hold protests. Mixed race (Mexican/white) protagonist.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde — for all the nerds out there who wish they could go to VidCon and geek out like crazy. For readers who like reading stories with supportive friendships. Protagonist who has Aspergers and anxiety and bisexual POC protagonist.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee — for readers who are curious about all the mischief a well-to-do Victorian boy can get up to when he’s sent to sea for a year. Bisexual protagonist.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — for readers who like Black Panther and magic and girls who kick ass. Black Nigerian-adjacent protagonist (it’s not set in Nigeria, but all the places are Nigerian).

Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann — for readers who like stories about figuring out who you are when people come along who make you think about it a bit. Asexual black American protagonist.

Honorable mention: American Panda by Gloria C. Chao — for fans of stories about children of immigrant parents who are trying to marry cultures. Taiwanese protagonist.

What did you include on your list this week?


  1. When the Moon Was Ours is one of my favorite books ever. It might be the most beautiful book that I’ve ever read. Pretty sure every Anna-Marie McLemore book has made me tear up at some point. I still need to get to The Poet X, but I’m hoping to do so in the next couple of weeks. Fingers crossed!

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