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T5W: Diverse SFF on My TBR

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This month is rewind month, which means we can choose to do any past topic we missed or loved so much we want to do again. I wanted do to a post about diverse SFF, so I tweaked an old topic a little bit, instead of five diverse books I have read – here are five diverse books from the very top of my TBR!


Huntress by Malinda Lo

Huntress is a Chinese-inspired fantasy novel about two girls who are picked to go on a dangerous journey to he city of the Fairy Queen aaand there’s a f/f romance. I’m so her for that.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

I really want to get back into reading Graphic Novels and this one sounds like the perfect place to start. It’s set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia and tells the story of a teenage girl who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power. How cool does that sound??? I love monsters.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass is an adult fantasy novel set in Egypt, about a con woman who accidentally summons a djinn warrior and discovers a legendary, magical city. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it from people whose opinion I trust, so I’m very excited to read it.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

This book is set in a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa and follows a girl with a magical destiny. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Okorafor so far, so I’m really excited for this one. Plus, it’s becoming a TV-show!

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve read the synopsis for this book several times and I still don’t know what it’s about. I know it has morally grey characters and very cool spaceships though, and I’ve bought it – so clearly that’s enough for me.

Have you read any of these books? Which one do you think I should I read first? What diverse books are at the top of your TBR?

29 thoughts on “T5W: Diverse SFF on My TBR

  1. I really liked Monstress, even though it was a bit too heavy on the horror aspect for me and I don’t do well with gory pictures (Descriptions? fine! Drawings? Not so much).
    You know what I think of The City of Brass, and you’ve never heard me talk about Ninefox Gambit, I’m sure. I haven’t read Huntress but I’ve read two other books by Malinda Lo (Ash and A Line in the Dark) and loved both of them, so that’s probably going to be good too

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    1. I don’t think I’ve read any gory graphic novels, so I don’t know how I’ll feel about that. But considering the amount of slasher movies I’ve watched, I’m guessing it’ll be fine.
      I really want to read Ninefox Gambit soon! I’m just a little intimated by it, cause I’m so bad at math and science and I’m scared I won’t understand what’s going on. I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed some Malinda Lo, cause I haven’t read anything by her yet!

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  2. How many inyeresting books! *_* City of Brass is on wish list and I had also Huntress for a time, the Chinese set really intrigued me but then I’ve read another book from the same author and I found it so disappointing that I took downd Huntress from the list! 😦

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  3. I loved both Montress and City of Brass! I hope you like them too. Huntress sounds really good – I’ll put that on my TBR. And yes anything by Nnedi Okorafor! I didn’t know that one it being turned into a tv show!? On the TBR it goes. I also have The Poppy War on my TBR for this weekend which is Chinese fantasy with apparently some lgbt in 🤔😁 happy reading!

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that, I’m super excited to read both! Nnedi Okorafor is wonderful and I’m so excited about the show, George R.R Martin is adapting it for HBO 🙂 The Poppy War sounds really great, I have to check that one out! Thank you and happy reading to you too 💕

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  4. Monstress is one of my FAVE Graphic Novels! I’m holding onto vol 2 cause I can’t fathom finishing it before Volume 3 makes its way onto the shelves 😂 I also have City Of Brass at the very top of my TBR & hope to get to it this summer, I hope you love all of these Diverse reads! 💜

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