Armchair Book Expo: ISO Books

Armchair Book Expo is an online book conference that takes place this year May 31st through June 4th. Every day bloggers take part in different discussion posts, twitter chats, and even an Instagram challenge. Today I’ll be sharing some book recommendations.

ISO Books: As readers, we are always looking for our next book to read or a stack to fill our TBR shelves. This is your opportunity to ask using our Armchair Book Expo Book Suggestion Generator (aka YOU!). Are you wanting to expand your horizons with minority characters? Are you in search of your next book club read? Do you want to explore your graphic novel or comic book options? Or, are you looking for a book that broaches a mental health or childhood issue to help you grow in understanding and knowledge in your personal life? YOU ask and YOU answer. 

I think one of the greatest pleasures of book blogging is getting to share your favorite books with others. Sure, it can be cathartic to share a negative review about a book that disappointed you (am I the only one that finds it fun to write negative reviews every once in a while?). But there’s something to be said about sharing with other readers your love for a book. And there’s no greater feeling than knowing a fellow reader picked up a book on your recommendation and ended up loving it just the same. Since we talked about diversity yesterday, I wanted to share the top ten diverse books I’ve read this year. This was a really hard list to make as I’ve read a lot of awesome books by diverse authors this year, but hopefully you’ll be able to find something below that piques your interest. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. ISO: diverse urban fantasy, set in Mexico, unique take on vampires —> Try Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

2. ISO: superhero story that defies clichés, Pakistani-American protagonist, positive Muslim representation —> Try Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson.

3. ISO: magical realism, Mexican folklore, Latinx MC, trans boy MC —> Try When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

4. ISO: deals with microagressions & systemic racism, police brutality, one of the most loving literary families —>Try The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5. ISO: Indian mythology, sweeping fantasy, slow burn romance —>Try A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi


6. ISO: f/f romance, emotionally-charged, quiet contemporary —> Try We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

7. ISO: Latinx protagonist, swoon-worthy LI, gentrification, messy family dynamics –>Try The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

8. ISO: m/m romance, Mexican-American identity, maybe the most universally loved book —> Try Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

9. ISO: powerful contemporary, teen pregnancy, minor in the justice system, stay up late finishing —> Try Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson.

10. ISO: PoC leads, science-fiction that deals with real world issues, makes you desperate for a sequel —> Try Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhonda Belleza

Have you read any of these? What was the last diverse book you picked up? Be sure to leave a link to your own Armchair Book Expo post in the comment.

25 thoughts on “Armchair Book Expo: ISO Books

  1. I just finished The Hate U Give last weekend. Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ve got Sáenz’s new book out of the library, as well as Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost and Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen. Thanks for the recommendations for The Education of Margot Sanchez, Allegedly, and Empress of a Thousand Skies, none of which were on my radar. And if I read Empress this year, I’ll be ready for the sequel, which Goodreads tells me will be out next February.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you about The Hate U Give. I’m really looking forward to the sequel for Labyrinth Lost and A Crown of Wishes is my favorite book this year, so even if The Star-Touched Queen doesn’t quite meet your expectations, please pick up the sequel. Yes, please read all of these recommendations. Happy reading!


  2. This was a such a great post. I loved it! I am always looking for escape, and tend to gravitate to my favorite kind of book – a light, breezy romance, but I mix it up every once in a while. It’s such a struggle when you want to read them all. I see several books on your list that I hope to get to, like I said, want to read them all. =)
    Sam @ WLABB

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