Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite ’17 Reads with PoC MCs

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!” This week I’m listing my favorite books from 2017 that feature PoC main characters. This list was really hard to narrow down as I’ve read a lot of incredible novels featuring PoC protagonists. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – This debut blew me away. I loved it so much and the protagonist had her claws in me from the get-go.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Probably my favorite read of 2017 so far. It was everything I love about a fantasy novel.

3. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I bought this one on a whim last year and finally got to it. I’m in love with Zen Cho’s charming characters and world.

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – If there is one novel I’d recommend everyone read this year, it’s this one. Please, if you haven’t picked it up, do yourself a favor and do so soon.

5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – Perhaps the most beautiful novel I’ve ever read. This is not an overstatement.

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – As my first audiobook, this novel has ingrained itself in my head.

7. I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – This book is like a gooey candy bar you’ve been craving all day.

8. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera – Can we allow PoC protagonists to be unlikable sometimes? I think this is really important.

9. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – Give me more, I’m ready for more of this world and it’s wonderful characters.

10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – How do you break a bookworm? Give them an Adam Silvera book.

Bonus: I put this list together before I read Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but want to give a shout out because it’s an incredible novel and if you’re on the fence about preordering it, consider this a (gentle, but firm) nudge.

Have you had the pleasure of reading any of these? What’s your favorite read this year that features a PoC main character? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite ’17 Reads with PoC MCs

  1. Awesome choices! I loved The Education of Margot Sanchez because the main character was so unlikable that I thought it made such a nice change! Also, the fact that the main character in Allegedly was so unreliable made her a great choice, as well. There are some books on here that I really need to get around to reading (Aristotle and Dante for one!), and I loved seeing your thoughts on them. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. …and yet again, I’m reminded that I really SHOULD have long ago read ‘Thing Called Love.’ Every time I see the cover, it makes me smile, and I have a really good feeling the inside will follow suit. 🙂

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  3. I’ve read quite a few books featuring POC this year, but not nearly enough so I decided to highlight books on my TBR that feature POC for today’s post – which isn’t going to be up for another 8 hours.

    THUG was most definitely a highlight of my reading year and it’s so exciting to see the success it has had so far! That is definitely a movie adaptation I can’t wait to see!!

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  4. Glad to hear that Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was good. I’ve been considering it so that’s good to know. Aristotle and Dante and Empress of a Thousand Skies are two I’ve had my eye on too.

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  5. I have read Thing Called Love, and I thought it was all sorts of adorable and wonderful things. I like that a lot of POC authors are getting their books out there, because I am getting to learn about so many different cultures. The Authentics, That Thing We Call a Heart, When Dimple Met Rishi, Labyrinth Lost, North of Happy are some excellent books I have read in the near past, which featured POC MCs.

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  6. Yes to Roshani Chokshi, love her books 🙂 and I really want to get Forest of a Thousand Lanterns but right now my bank account is saying ever so gently, that I need to wait a little bit before I order more books, haha.

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  7. I borrowed the audio version of Allegedly from the library and let me tell you that narrator is so good. You really feel for her character. Although, I think the very last chapter ruined the entire book for me. It was still one of the best things I’ve read this year.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday Post. Thank you!

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  8. I have only read The Hate U Give from your list, and it will definitely make my year end favorite’s list. Several others are on my wish list Or TBR pile. So many great books to read! Thank you for sharing!

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