5 Books I've Recently Read
1. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan (Stunning poetry/narrative and drawings)
2. Girl vs. Boy by Yvonne Collins & Sally Rideout (fun read, just what I needed to read while I'm in school)
3. Amigas #2: Lights, Camera, Quince! by Jennifer Lopez
4. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Hedi Durrow (really liked it!)
5. Pirates! by Celia Rees (A re-read but never reviewed. An old favorite)
5 Books I'm Planning to Read
1. Amigas 3: She's Got Game by Veronica Chambers
2. Sister Chicas by Lisa Alvarado, Ann Hagman Cardinal, and Jane Alberdeston Coralin
3. The Long Song by Andrea Levy
4. Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz
5. Other by Karen Kincy
5 of My Favorite Books
1. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
4. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
5. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
5 of My Least Favorite Books
1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
2. The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momoday
3. Beowulf (no author)
4. A Girl Like Me by Ni Ni Simone
5. Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
5 of My Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptations
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Pride & Prejudice (I've never seen the Colin Firth version)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress
5. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
5 Things You Want to See More of in YA (I added this question. Why? Because I can)
1. A boarding school setting with a PoC main character that has humor. I get that most of the time we Brown faces will be in the minority at boarding school but do we have to be all angsty about it the ENTIRE book? No. I like boarding school YA novels. I love witty main characters. I like to read about PoC. I think this could be a winning combination.
2. An Inter-cultural couple. As in Latina girl and Asian guy, Native American guy and Black girl, etc. I'm so tired of interracial romance in which the fact that the romance is between a Black person and a White person is a BIG DEAL. I don't mind interracial romances but I would like to see more of them in which the romance/other teenage issues take precedence over the race dynamic. Obviously they are going to face some scrutiny, but I would like to see less emphasis on that.
3. An original paranormal with a poc main character. I might even settle for a poc vampire as long as the story was original. But I'd prefer a leprechaun, djinn, ghost, a hunter of some kind, a made up creature, etc.
4. PoC athletes. Especially female athletes. And not just in the usual sports like Black basketball players and Latino soccer players. Let's see some Black figure skaters, Native American lacrosse players, Latino/a swimmers and Asian baseball players. I would love it if less-popular sports were featured, but let's take it one step at a time.
5. Western historical fiction. I would LOVE to read a YA about a Black cowboy/cowgirl. I also want to know more about life in the Southwest when Mexico (and even earlier on, Spain) was in control of those states. However, when it comes to Asians and Native Americans, I want to see more stories set not in the West, but in other settings. Although I would like to see a few more books about life on the reservation. But I also want to see a book about a Native American teen who does not grow up on the reservation.
Your turn :)