Read Diverse Books. All Year Long!

Monthly Book Club and Online Bookstore offering a carefully curated selection of diverse titles by BIPOC authors because authentic representation of marginalized identities matters for everyone.

Tuma's Story

My name is Fatuma Hydara and I am an 8th grade English teacher by day and a reader-entrepreneur by night. I've always been book-obsessed. As a child, I hid under my covers with a flashlight reading late into the night. Growing up, books and stories were gateways into worlds and experiences that were so different from my own as the oldest daughter of West African, Muslim immigrants, living in The Bronx, NY. However, I never found stories that reflected my identity as Black, Muslim, First Generation, Gambian-American. Read the rest of my story here.

If books and reading is your life, if you value diversity and connecting with others, if you enjoy simple pleasures, and if you're young at heart, then this is your home. Thank you for joining me in my journey. Read the rest of my mission/vision here.

Why Tuma's Books?

1. Authentic diverse books by Black, Indigeneous, POC, and/or Queer writers handpicked for you by an avid reader and experienced educator.

2. Careful research to bring you powerful stories centering underrepresented identities, communities, and experiences.

3. Help promote literacy in communities with low literacy rates through pop-up shops.

4. Directly support small business, authors of color, and the local economy.

5. Support a Black, Muslim, Gambian, First-Generation American Woman-Owned Business.

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar (YA/Debut/lgbTqia+) - Hardcover-Books-Tuma's Books And Things
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You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (Lgbtqia+/Literary Fiction) - Hardcover-Books-Tuma's Books And Things
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If They Come for Us: Poems Fatimah Asghar (Adult/Poetry)- PAPERBACK-Books-Tuma's Books And Things
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Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Fantasy) - Hardcover-Books-Tuma's Books And Things
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AUG. BOTM : A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Literary Fiction) - Paperback)-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
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JUNE BOTM: Pride by Ibi Zoboi (YA/Romantic Classic with a Twist) - Hardcover & Paperback-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
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June BOTM - Sweethand by N. G. Peltier (Adult/Romance) - PAPERBACK-Tuma's Books And Things
Feb. BOTM: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (YA/lgbTqia+) - Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things
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June BOTM - Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (YA/Novel-in-Verse/LGBTQIA+) - Paperback-Tuma's Books And Things
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May BOTM - One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite (YA/Social Justice) - Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things
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Tuma's Book Requests

Looking for a title I don't currently have listed? I'm happy to place a special order for you! Just fill out a form with the information I need to get started and I'll take care of the rest from there.

Tuma's Events

Looking to shop Tuma's Books in person? You can catch me at Pop-Up Shops in the Bronx, Harlem, and lower Westchester, where there is the highest need for book access as there are fewer or no bookstores.

Order online and pick up at Pop Up event by selecting PICK UP option during checkout. Browse in stock titles here.

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Tuma's Recent Reads (May 2022)

Tuma's Recent Reads (May 2022)

I read seven books in May, a world record for this mood reader! Check out my quick thoughts on my recent reads.
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Diversifying your AAPI Reading

Diversifying your AAPI Reading

 Tuma's Books recs by Asian writers from lesser represented countries. 
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Currently Reading: Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Currently Reading: Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

I'm currently reading Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn and here are my thoughts so far:
Yinka, Yinka, Yinka . . .
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