Reading contemporary stories is not my usual fare, but there is something about the summer season that inspires me to pick up one (or several) to read. I’m drawn to the stories featuring diverse main characters written by #ownvoices authors. This year’s list includes authors that are returning favorites as well as debuts. I highly recommend every book on this list. I loved each and every one these #ownvoices reads. The main characters are beautifully complex, relatable, and have unique stories to share. They are coming of age stories that are heartfelt, timely, and honest in their narration. Plus, look at all that gorgeous POC cover representation! 😍 I sincerely hope you give one or all of these YA books a try!
One of my favorite young adult series growing up was Nancy Drew. These books featured a strong, intelligent female character solving crime and kicking ass with two awesome friends by her side. They were fun, interesting, and easy to read. So, when Ayesha Dean was pitched to me as a Muslim Nancy Drew, it was an automatic add to my TBR. It’s been a long time since I found anything even close to the amazingness that is Nancy Drew. I’m so happy to say that Ayesha Dean lived up to my expectations and I’ve found a new series to love. Read on for three reasons why I enjoyed Ayesha Dean the Istanbul Intrigue!