Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books’ and it’s a topic I really struggled with because the most outrageous thing I’ve done is stay up too late to finish a book.
This fortnight’s Booktube SFF Awards Babbles topic, though, is ‘Great own voices SFF’, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today!
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: Urban Fantasy is a genre full of tropes, so this First Nations-inspired novel is such a breath of fresh air. It’s dark and gritty, and so worth reading.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I will sing Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s praises at every opportunity, and this vampire noir novel set in Mexico City is such an underrated book. If you’ve been looking for an original vampire novel, this is it!
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: Pretty much all of the characters in this amazing trilogy are people of colour. It’s so diverse and fantastic and one of the best fantasy trilogies ever.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: The best way to get me interested in the American Civil War is to include badass zombie slayers. I really enjoyed this novel, and I can’t wait for the next book!
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj: Sadly I didn’t love this novella as much as I’d hoped I would, but it was so refreshing to encounter a setting in sci-fi that was founded by a South Asian community.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: Considering I’m such a history nerd I don’t read much stories involving time travel, but I really enjoyed this novel starring a mixed race heroine written by a mixed race author. It’s about time I read the sequel!
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: This is my favourite sci-fi novel, and the f/f romance was such a pleasant, joyous surprise.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: One of my favourite things about this gorgeous novel was the focus on Miryem’s Jewish faith and culture. It was written so tenderly and affectionately, and made me realise how few books I’ve read involving Jewish characters that don’t also involve the Second World War.
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett: Another wonderful story with a queer heroine from an own voices author. I knew I’d enjoy this novella, but I ended up loving it so much more than I’d expected to!
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and various artists: I haven’t kept up with this series, sadly, just because graphic novels are pretty expensive, but I loved reading about a Muslim a teenager written by a Muslim author.