It’s Tuesday again so it’s time for a top 10 list! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt was a freebie with a suggestion of Valentine’s Day so I decided to highlight diverse romance books! These are in no particular order.
10 Diverse Romance Books I love
As a bisexual woman, it has been hard to find bi characters that aren’t harmful stereotypes. When I read this one I remember being so emotional because I could see a part of myself on the page I never saw represented before. This book was everything I had ever wanted and more. I will give a trigger warning the book deals with some heavy topics including biphobia, transphobia, and depictions of a toxic workplace.
Honestly, I read this a very long time ago. All I remember is absolutely LOVING the writing style and realizing it was one of the only romance books I’d read with a fat, bisexual, black female lead. It was revolutionary for me! I loved every second. This was my first Talia Hibbert novel and it cemented her as a favorite especially once I picked up her other novels and saw how she’d grown as a writer.
Speaking of favorite authors, one of my ultimate queer romance authors is Shira Glassman. All of her stories feel like something that could happen to real people and I super appreciate that. This one is about a newly out Mom and the orchestra teacher at her kid’s school. It’s a lighthearted super quick read topping in at 30 pages.
This one was the only one I had some qualms putting on this list. While the main character is fat, she is still white. But the cast of characters is pretty diverse and I love the message of Bea finding her own happiness outside of romance. It kind of blurs all the lines of this prompt but I still wanted to highlight it as my first 5 Folded Pages read of 2021.
Back to my fave, it only makes sense that she gets two books on this list. For me, she was the pioneer of diverse romance in a time where that was hard to find. This features a black autistic woman as the main character and it’s an absolute delight. It opened my eyes in so many ways and absolutely delivered on heart-melty romance.
Not only is the art style adorable as all heck, the diversity is off the charts and still super believable. It’s one of my favorite graphic novel series and it’s just so incredibly pretty and fun. There’s currently only 3 volumes out but it’s definitely worth looking into if you like diverse graphic novels.
This one is a little shameless since I just posted my review yesterday BUT it was so good. It was adorable and while it tackled touchy subject matter it never felt anything but lighthearted. The stakes never felt dire which is often the case in queer romances so it was refreshing. Just a fun little romp through London.
Another one I recently reviewed and spoiler the next one is too! Unfortunately, past me didn’t look for diversity in books which means mostly recent reads are diverse. This one I read last month on Audiobook and I loved it. It was so sweet to watch them pine. It was also interesting reading from a perspective I’ve never had in a couple different ways. Trigger warnings for mentions of anxiety, panic attacks, abusive parents, and PTSD.
This was my first Alyssa Cole but it most definitely won’t be my last. I can’t wait to pick up her entire catalogue. This one features a black woman and an Asian man. Well, Asian robot. It’s side characters are also diverse and fun. The story is short but I wanted to remain in the world Cole created and hopefully you will too!
Honestly, I had a hard time with the first book in this series mostly because I didn’t like the characters or the connection but I LOVED this one. It was fun and interesting and easy to see how they started to fall for each other. This novel features an Asian couple and has a character with Autism.
That’s it for Top 10 Tuesday! Have you read any of these or added them to your TBR? Comment below and feel free to post the link to your Top 10 Tuesday post.