A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog titled #blackstoriesmatter. It was a list of indie dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy book recommendations, and was one of the most popular posts on my blog. I’m so happy to see diversity in these genres continue to grow, and it feels like a good time for an update! It’s clear people are hungry for diverse books in every genre.
Representation matters, so I wanted to expand on that list of indie books by Black authors while also offering additional forms of diversity. This time around, I am including books that feature characters of color, LGBTQ+ characters, and characters with disabilities.
I hope you enjoy browsing this list. I encourage you to share this post and support the authors behind this work! This list was made by book recommendations from members of the Diverse Books With Magic Facebook community. If there is a book you feel should be here that is not, let me know in the comments. It would be amazing if the comments section helps readers discover more hidden gems!
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Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian
For fans of mutants, magic, monsters, and a world gone mad.
If only my school had been as cool as these!
Epic stories in modern settings.
For fans of swords, sorcerers, quests, and kingdoms.
Children’s / Middle Grade
Adults can read these! I won’t tell.
Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Romance
Love with a side of magic.
Time Travel and Science Fiction
What we thought 2022 would be like.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Latinx Representation
Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Asian Representation
Speculative fiction with LGBTQ+ characters
Because love is magic.
Speculative Fiction with characters with disabilities
We can all be heroes.
I hope you found new authors to add to your TBR list. If I missed a favorite author, or if you are an author with a book that fits one of these categories, feel free to share in the comments below.
– K. R. S. McEntire
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