Recently, an author made a short thread talking about how she’s upset about all the “hate” in the book community lately and how she wants the “fun” way of books back. Her chosen books of reference included Harry Potter, so today I wanted to list ten diverse books better than Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I love Harry Potter, but we shouldn’t keep acting like it’s the best that young adult fantasy has to offer.
Not all of these are going to be fantasy, or even similar to Harry Potter, but they will still have some of the themes that made Harry Potter so likable to so many people and still more diverse and better than Harry Potter:
Children of Blood and Bone
Of course this is in my top ten, because it’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Lots of magic, family love, strengthed friendships and badass female charecters. I did the biggest happy stim when I saw the cover for the second book coming out later this year. I really can’t wait. So, if you haven’t read this yet, please make it a priority!!
Shadow and Bone
I’m not sure if this counts as diverse, but this entire trilogy was incredible. I really love Alina (and soon it’s going to be a movie!! aaaah!!), I love the world development. I wasn’t so fond of the romantic relationships in this book, but I very rarely am. It’s better than Harry Potter.
Six of Crows
I haven’t actually read CROOKED KINGDOM yet but I do own it and I intend to get to it as soon as possible, because of how much I adore Nina and Inej but a little dissapointing that they never ended up together because wow how amazing would that have been?!
I hardly ever see anyone talk about this trilogy anymore but I’ve read the first two books and it was amazing and adorable and lovely. Each book is told from someone elses point of view, and it’s super interesting and relatable in parts. Asian, female superheroes! What more could you want.
A Dash of Trouble
I think this is going to be a trilogy as well but, as far as I know, the other two books aren’t out yet. It’s about a young witch who gets into all sorts of mischeif by trying to become a witch too early but she doesn’t know her powers yet so she causes…quite a lot of trouble. It’s adorable and sweet, and especially one to read if you love witches and cookies.
Lesbians, trans people, werewolves, centaurs, witches, magicians…you name it, this has it. Sure, it’s a graphic novel and that makes it a little different but trust me when I say it’s incredible and deserving of a read.
The Witch Boy
Another graphic novel, but about a boy who wants to be a witch despite only women becoming witches so far. Lots of magic, lots of men turning into animals…it’s incredible, and super bewitching.
Sorry that this list doesn’t have more, I read way more contemporary than I do anything else so my fantasy-like reads are a fairly short list! Anyway, if you haven’t read any of these yet, I really reccomend them!