We Need More Diverse Books!

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Whether you love the feel of paper in your hands or the convenience of an e-reader, we are all reading more these days. Out of boredom or because we’ve hit the bottom of streaming services, we’re reaching out for more content. What better way than the story, conjuring our imagination and learning to again embrace the quiet.

While finding time to read with a toddler around can be difficult, I need it. I love a good read, something that can pull me in and make me want to leave the world behind. There’s nothing better than being engrossed in a great story. I forgot how much I missed it, having read mostly “for work” or reading articles, even listening to books on tape didn’t have the same feel.

Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles) by Intisar Khanani

I love love love this series! I can’t wait for the next one!

Reasons why I love this series:

  • The main character is a badass, she just doesn’t know it. And you discover it with her.
  • Romance is not the point. I love a good romance, as much as the next person but sometimes a character is created that it’s not about the other people in their lives, it’s about them.
  • The diversity within the story, not only the characters, but the setting, the world of fantasy- it’s so eloquently written and so fantastical in a slow-burn kind of way that pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
  • It’s the kind of book that makes me wish I’d read something like it when I was younger, highly influential and yearning for characters that were different and strong, especially as women of color. It made me hope my daughter would one day read it and internalize her strength.

Why Sunbolt Gave Me All the Feels

I am a protect of the world I grew up in, for better or for worse, and while it was mostly better you can always find worse. I was nerdy before it was cool, but I was so shy and reserved I had no idea that it was ok to be yourself.

I am often envious of today’s youth that have grown up in a world that allows for whatever makes them them to be out into the world. No judgement. Or lots of judgment, if online bullying is to say anything about it. But what happens, when they come out on the other side? They are braver and more aware than I ever was at that age. I’ve met some of those young people and I am always amazed.

But by society changing and accepting norms that even with my generation took until after high school, to “come out” for fear of being ridiculed or persecuted or even losing someone because of it. I still struggle with feelings of insecurity and constantly questioning “Am I doing this right?”

Who knows, maybe if I’d read more books like Sunbolt, life would have taken a different route.

So to all the girls, or anyone that needs to hear it. You are not alone.

To all the Hitomis and girls that struggle with their own magic, don’t let anyone keep you hidden in the dark. Shine brightly.

Hitomi’s story continues and her adventure takes place through more secrets untold in part two of the Sunbolt Chronicles, Memories of Ash.

And if you are interested in learning more about the author Intisar Khanani check out her website. Where she says she’s writing mighty girls and diverse worlds- and I absolutely applaud her for doing so. We need more of both.

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Published by JSantana

Obsessed with Intentional Inclusivity and Fierce Belonging. Delivering Culture-Driven Leaders.

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