Be Intentional Recommendations

Hello everyone! Somehow it is already MARCH and I have barely started on my recommendations for my yearly reading challenge, the Be Intentional Reading Challenge. Time surely does fly when you are busy! This recommendation post will be a little different as instead of giving recs for Be Intentional, I’m taking the Rad Reads 2022 list and finding all the prompts those books can work for.

The Rad Reads are part of the yearly challenges in the Facebook group I helped moderate, Pop Culture Book Club. This is a challenge of 52 books that we read, you can find more about it in the link above! All books have been linked to their Goodreads page where you can find the synopsis and more info on them. This list is in chronological order and it does not feature all 52 books as some of them don’t qualify for this challenge. For the ones to come, I haven’t read most of them so these recommendations are my best guess, though I will try to come back and edit them when I can!

Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky

  • MC’s first language was NOT English
  • Translated into English
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or the UK (Ukraine)
  • Translated Literary Fiction
  • Set in the Global South

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • BIPOC on the Cover
  • Magical Realism by a Black or Latine author
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Written in English with non-English phrases
  • Poor or Financially unstable MC
  • BIPOC MC’s and a Happily Ever After
  • Bilingual MC

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

  • South/Southeast Asian MC
  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • Historical Fiction
  • Non-Western Fantasy
  • Debut Book
  • Set in the Global South
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK (Vietnam)
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC Author

So Many Beginnings by Bethany Morrow

  • Black MC
  • BIPOC on the cover
  • Historical Fiction
  • Romance with BIPOC MCs
  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • BIPOC MC’s and a Happily Ever After
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC Author

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

  • Debut Book
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Black MC
  • Historical Fiction
  • Cast of BIPOC characters
  • Biracial MC

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar

  • Non-fiction written by a Black or Native/Indigenous/First Nations Woman
  • Debut book
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Black MC
  • BIPOC on the cover

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan

  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • A book about smashing the patriarchy

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

  • Disabled MC in fantasy book
  • Horror or Thriller with a Disabled MC
  • MC has an invisible disability (mutism)
  • A Character uses sign language

Didn’t We Almost Have it All: The Genius, Shame and Audacity of Whitney Houston by Gerrick Kennedy

  • Black MC
  • 2022 Release
  • BIPOC on the Cover
  • Read a book that features blues, jazz, hip-hop, rap, reggae, or gospel
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

  • Black MC
  • Debut book
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author

Razorblade Tears by S.A Cosby

  • Black MC
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author

Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder by Mikita Brottman

  • Mental Health Focus

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

  • Cast of BIPOC characters
  • MC’s first language was NOT English
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK (Japan)
  • Translated from an Asian continental language
  • Translated into English 
  • Best seller by an author from a non-English speaking majority country
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

  • South/Southeast Asian MC
  • Historical Fiction
  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • MC’s first language was NOT English
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or the UK
  • Set in the global south

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott

  • Poor or financially unstable MC
  • Right to safe access or alternative medicine

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

  • Set on Earth but not in the US or the UK (Australia)

Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

  • Debut book
  • Black MC
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Historical Fiction
  • BIPOC on the cover
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK (Western & Eastern Europe)
  • Cast of BIPOC characters

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

  • Queer 2022 release
  • F/F main pairing
  • Not a coming out story
  • 2022 Release
  • BIPOC on the cover
  • Queer BIPOC Author
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • MC with an intersectional identity

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

  • Science non-fiction book by a marginalized author
  • Read a book (non-fiction) about climate change or the climate crisis

The Others by Sarah Blau

  • Jewish MC
  • Set in Western Asia (Israel)
  • Best seller by an author from a non-English majority speaking country
  • Non-Christian MC not in the US or UK
  • Set on hallowed ground, Mecca or another holy location
  • Set in the global south
  • Written in English with non-English phrases 
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

  • Nonbinary author
  • Queer BIPOC MC
  • Nonbinary MC who uses a sub label from the nonbinary umbrella that’s not nonbinary (genderqueer)
  • Not a Coming out Story
  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • Historical Fiction
  • Non-western Fantasy
  • Debut Book
  • BIPOC Disabled MC
  • Queer Disabled MC
  • Disabled MC in a fantasy book
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • MC has an intersectional identity

The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas

  • Mental Health Focus

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

  • M/M Main Pairing
  • Not a Coming out story

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

  • Debut Book
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or the UK
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Historical Fiction
  • Biracial MC

Devil’s Knot: The True Stories of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt

  • Book about religious cults

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall

  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • Black MC
  • BIPOC on the Cover
  • Debut 
  • By a Black Woman
  • Poor or financially unstable MC
  • Read a book about an event a government tried to cover up

The Tensorate Series by Neon Yang

  • Nonbinary author
  • M/M Main pairing
  • Queer BIPOC MC
  • Not a Coming out Story
  • BIPOC Cast of Characters
  • BIPOC on the Cover (original editions of the individual novellas)
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Non-western Fantasy

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

  • Poor or Financially unstable MC

Arsenic & Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

  • BIPOC Cast of Characters
  • BIPOC on the Cover
  • South/Southeast Asian MC
  • Debut Book
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Read a food book about a culture that is not your own (If you’re not Filipine/Filipino/Filipina this prompt would count)

Anticipation by Melodie Winawer

  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

  • Debut Book
  • Author from the Caribbean 
  • Set in a Tropical Climate
  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask 

  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Non-Fiction written by a Black or Native/Indigenous/First Nations woman

Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters

  • Transgender MC
  • Trans Author

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Magical Realism by a Black or Latine Author
  • MC’s first language was NOT English
  • Translated to English
  • Translated Classic 
  • Translated Literary Fiction
  • Book by a BIPOC author published pre-2000
  • Cast of BIPOC Characters
  • Best seller by an author from a non-English Majority Country

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

  • Translated to English
  • Features an Asian continental language
  • Set on Earth but not in the US or UK
  • BIPOC Cast of Characters
  • MC’s first language was NOT English

The Beautiful by Renee Adieh

  • Audiobook by a BIPOC author
  • Historical Fiction

Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman

  • Book about religious cults

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