Welcome to our first installment of Black History Month book recommendations! As we mentioned yesterday, 8 ya authors have given us diverse inspirational book recommendations and we’ll be publishing them throughout the month. Our first guest post is from Brandy Colbert. From ballet and sexual abuse in Pointe to siblings and bipolar disorder in Little & Lion, Brandy is unafraid to confront contemporary fiction and tough subjects head-on and so eloquently. Her forthcoming novel, Finding Yvonne, is ya novel about a girl, her violin, love and pregnancy. She recently announced her fourth novel, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. Let’s find out a little more about Brandy and her forthcoming novel after the jump.
When I tell people that I read YA, the standard responses are:
- Twilight? LOL
- I really love The Hunger Games!
- I LOVED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!
John Green is the de facto star of YA to those who aren’t in the know. It’s been 5 years since his super-mega hit, The Fault In Our Stars, was published and 3 years since a movie was made. We’ve known for a while that he’d been writing a new novel, but I was surprised when it was announced last month that his upcoming YA novel, Turtles All The Way Down, would be published this year. Specifically, October 10th. Naturally, the internet went bonkers and just a few days later, John tweeted this.
I got to thinking about other YA authors releasing the same day as John, who may not have as many tip-in sheets to sign. What if they’re new and/or marginalized authors? How could I help spread the word about those books? After a quick review of my Goodreads TBR, I discovered that it just so happens that there are ten other books already on our radar releasing on the same day as John’s. Find out what books you should also be adding to your 10/10 TBR and enter for your chance to win your very own pre-order after the jump!