Best Books for every Genre - Tuma's Books

Best Books for every Genre

In January, we all made new reading goals, challenges, and additions to your to-be-read pile. If you're still looking for some amazing recs to read for 2023, you've found the right place. 

I've compiled Tuma's Books' Bestsellers for every genre. Some are new releases and some are tried-and-true backlist titles. Either way, there's something here for everyone. You can find all titles at

Bestselling Diverse Literary Fiction
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Nigerian | Mental Health | Family)
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Indian | Queer rep | Islamophobia)
  • You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (Palestinian | Queer)
Best Diverse Historical Fiction
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (African American | Race | Colorism)
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (African American | Science Fiction | Time Travel | Slavery)
  • The Silence of Bones by June Hur (Korean | Joseon Period | Murder Mystery)
Best Diverse Romance
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Haitian | Young Adult | Pride and Prejudice retelling)
  • Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli (Indian | Feminist)
  • Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho (Chinese-Malaysian | Meddling Family)
BEst Diverse Fantasy and Scifi
  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Indigenous | Dystopian | Reproductive Rights)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Nigerian | Magic | Adventure)
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (African American | Science Fiction)
Best Diverse Mystery, Thriller, Horror Books
  • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (African American | Thriller | Gentrification) 
  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (African American | Thriller | Puritan | Feminism)
  • And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall (African American | Woman PI | Mystery)
Best Diverse Nonfiction Books
  • The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villaviencio 
  • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Best Diverse Memoirs and Biographies
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • In the Dream House, A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Best Diverse Poetry and Novels-in-Verse
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Novel-in-Verse | Memoir | Civil Rights)
  • If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar (Poetry | Pakistani/Muslim | Feminism)
  • Me (Moth) by Amber McBride (Novel-in-Verse | Black and Indigenous rep | Young Adult)
Best Diverse Short Story Collections
  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Kink, Stories, edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell (Queer rep)
  • Two Times Removed, curated and edited by Jada Chutkhan (Indo-Caribbean)
Best Diverse Graphic Novels
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri (realistic fiction)
  • Teen Titan: Raven by Kami Garcia (fantasy | superheros)
  • March Trilogy by John Lewis (historical | memoir)
Best Diverse Middle Grade
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Nigerian | Nonbinary | Fantasy)
  • Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango (Puerto Rican| Mental Health)
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat (Thai | Fantasy Adventure)
Best Diverse Children's Books
  • The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez (African American)
  • Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi (Pakistani/Muslim)
  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (African American)

All of these titles are highly recommended and worthy of your growing TBR. What's your favorite genre?




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