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10 Books for the September #WotNReadingChallenge

The September #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

We’ve covered diversity in protagonists; now it’s time for diversity in authors. If you’re only reading books by one or two authors, your perspective could be limited, as could your empathy. In the hopes of increasing the breadth of the authors we read, this month’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is “a book by a woman of color.”

10 Books by Women of Color for Your #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Aya - Marguerite Abouet
Aya by Marguerite Abouet

Aya by Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by Clément Oubrerie

In 1978 Côte d’Ivoire, Aya and her friends Adjoua and Bintou just want to live normal teenage lives. However, even normal teen antics can have life-changing consequences.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In Maya Angelou’s first of five memoirs, she describes the struggles of her early life. This #WotNReadingChallenge series doesn’t cover poetry, but her poetry is well worth a read. One of her poetry books, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka is having some traditional teenage struggles. She’s unsure of her artistic talent, she wants to know more about her family, and her family friends are having a baby, making her feel displaced. While she’s struggling, she finds a magic shawl, or pashmina, that shows her a colorful vision of India.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

In the near future, the United States seems to be facing a crisis of reproduction. Fetuses seem to be devolving. Our protagonist, Cedar Hawk Songmaker, is four months pregnant when the country starts to change, and she has to cope with what being pregnant means in this strange new world.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

In The Fifth Season, an earth-shattering event has occurred, leaving the living residents of the world to scramble for safety. Some members of this world are orogenes, or people who can move earth. These people are feared for their power, especially since an earthquake has just broken the earth. The Fifth Season follows three orogenes’ storylines as they cope with their powers and their place in the world. The Fifth Season begins The Broken Earth trilogy, which is the only trilogy to win all three “Best Novel” Hugo Awards.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Evie just wants to be normal, even though she works for San Francisco’s superhero, Aveda Jupiter. Unfortunately, Evie has to contend with demon invasions, her tempestuous little sister, doubling for her boss, her annoying colleague, and a superpower of her very own. Will Evie’s life ever calm down?

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Han Solo - Marjorie M. Liu
Han Solo by Marjorie M. Liu

Han Solo (Star Wars: Limited Series) written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Mark Brooks

Marjorie Liu was hired to write this Han Solo series, featuring everyone’s favorite smuggler. In this comic, Han Solo is recruited by the Resistance to smuggle informants and appear in a space race. Marjorie Liu also holds the distinction of being the first woman to win the Best Writer Eisner Award. She won this for her Monstress series, which I wrote about back in June.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Beautiful Ones - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In this fantasy world, Antonina Beaulieu, a young woman with hard-to-control telekinetic powers, visits her rich cousin with the hope of entering Society. While there, she meets Hector Auvray, who makes a living off of his telekinetic abilities. Hector tries to use Antonina for his own ends, but their relationship becomes something that neither of them could have predicted.

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - America Vol. 1 The Life and Times of America Chavez - Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones
America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones

America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez written by Gabby Rivera and illustrated by Joe Quinones

In this comic, portal-punching powerhouse America Chavez goes to college. However, the outside world still has problems for her to punch. From a mysterious old woman to a group of very angry cyborgs, will America ever get a break?

September 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Rose and her family always spend summer vacation up by the lake house near Rose’s friend Windy. However, Rose and Windy are growing up, and they’re noticing more grown-up problems. Will summer ever be the same?

Do you have any other recommendations for books by women of color? Talk about them in the comments!


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