DECEMBER [DIVERSE] RECS #1: Families

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Hey, The Book Voyagers here! We've decided to do a monthly book recommendation (apart from our other book recommendations, this focuses on a lot on diversity in regards of race,disability, gender, and lgbt issues) THIS MONTH'S THEME IS FAMILIES.  And of course, it's not just by blood but the families you find in your friends and other people in your life!

Here's a list of books that we believe have the most fun, and maybe heartbreaking at times, families!

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before [Book 1]
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: April 15th, 2014
Diverse: Cast
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the story about Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters have been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters; her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh.  As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 



Title: I'll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: September 16th, 2014
Diverse: LGBT
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways...until  Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else - an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing - often all at once.


Title: Kulti
Author: Mariana Zapata
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: February 1st, 2015
Diverse: Cast
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Synopsis: 

"Trust me, I've wanted to punch you in the face a time or five."

When the man you worshiped as a kid becomes your coach, it's supposed to be the greatest thing in the world.  Keyword: supposed to.

It didn't take a week for twenty - seven - year - old Sal Casillas to wonder what she'd seen in the international soccer icon - why she'd ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn't known she'd existed. So she isn't prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team's season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he once been.

Nothing could prepare her for the man she got to know. Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

"Sal, please don't make me visit you in jail. Orange isn't your color." This is going to be the longest season of her life.


Title: Finnikin of the Rock
Author: Melina Marchetta
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles [Book 1]
Publisher: Viking Australia 
Published: September 28th, 2008
Diverse: Cast
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible clam: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together. Finnikin is affected by arrogance...and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her...but in himself.


AND MORE -


1. Welcome to the Underworld by Con Template
2. Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani
4. Love on the Ledge by Zoraida Cordova
5. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler 
6. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
7. The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

Note: Some of these books involve the found family trope and are part of a series, which means that that most of the family elements will be later in the series. (not to say it isn't in the very first book alone!)

I hope you enjoy these books as much as we do! Happy Reading!<3
-TBV



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