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Diverse Monthly Reads
Diverse Monthly Reads
Diversify your reading every month with regular deliveries of Monthly Diverse Reads!
If you're here, then it means you're looking to expand your horizons and enrich your reading experiences with more culturally diverse books by authors who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Monthly Diverse Reads is perfect for you if you're busy or overwhelmed by finding new reads.
Each month, you choose from three compelling and culturally diverse books that I've carefully chosen to delight, inspire, and educate you about diverse cultural representations. No researching, digging through long lists, concerns about problematic content--Tuma does all the hard work for you. Simply order one time or subscribe for regular deliveries of amazing, diverse books.
- One Time ($25), Subscription (save 10%), or Pre-Paid (save 15%) options
- Pricing includes FREE USPS Media Mail shipping
- Choose 1, 2, or all three titles
- Title(s) come with personalized note, bookmarks, and gifts from BIPOC brands
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Save 10% off monthly subscriptions or 15% off 3, 6, or 12 months pre-paid. You can skip, pause, cancel anytime from the subscription portal within your account.
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October 2023 Diverse Reads:
Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology, edited by Shane Hawk, Theodore C. Van Alst, and Jr Theodore C Van Alst - Paperback
Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms: for instance, Native Hawaiians believe it summons the Hukai'po, the spirits of ancient warriors, and Native Mexicans say it calls Lechuza, a witch that can transform into an owl. But what all these legends hold in common is the certainty that whistling at night can cause evil spirits to appear--and even follow you home.
These wholly original and shiver-inducing tales introduce readers to ghosts, curses, hauntings, monstrous creatures, complex family legacies, desperate deeds, and chilling acts of revenge. Introduced and contextualized by bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, these stories are a celebration of Indigenous peoples' survival and imagination, and a glorious reveling in all the things an ill-advised whistle might summon.
Featuring stories by:
Norris Black - Amber Blaeser-Wardzala - Phoenix Boudreau - Cherie Dimaline - Carson Faust - Kelli Jo Ford - Kate Hart - Shane Hawk - Brandon Hobson - Darcie Little Badger - Conley Lyons - Nick Medina - Tiffany Morris - Tommy Orange - Mona Susan Power - Marcie R. Rendon - Waubgeshig Rice - Rebecca Roanhorse - Andrea L. Rogers - Morgan Talty - D.H. Trujillo - Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. - Richard Van Camp - David Heska Wanbli Weiden - Royce Young Wolf - Mathilda Zeller
I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C. F. Rogers (Filipino rep) - YA, Hardcover
Packed with voice, Shannon C.F. Rogers' I'd Rather Burn than Bloom is a powerful YA novel about a Filipina-American teen who tries to figure out who she really is in the wake of her mother's death.
Some girls call their mother their best friend. Marisol Martin? She could never relate. She and her mom were forever locked in an argument with no beginning and no end. Clothes, church, boys, no matter the topic, Marisol always felt like there was an unbridgeable gap between them that they were perpetually shouting across, one that she longed to close.
But when her mother dies suddenly, Marisol is left with no one to fight against, haunted by all the things that she both said and didn't say. Her dad seems completely lost, and worse, baffled by Marisol's attempts to connect with her mother's memory through her Filipino culture. Her brother Bernie is retreating further and further into himself. And when Marisol sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend - and then punches said best friend in the face - she's left alone, with nothing but a burning anger, and nowhere for it to go.
And Marisol is determined to stay angry, after all, there's a lot to be angry about- her father, her mother, the world. But as a new friendship begins to develop with someone who just might understand, Marisol reluctantly starts to open up to her, and to the possibility there's something else on the other side of that anger- something more to who she is, and who she could be.
When a Brown Girl Flees by Aamna Qureshi (Muslim rep) - YA, Hardcover
In this searing contemporary YA novel from new voice Aamna Qureshi, a Muslim teen runs away from home only to find herself on a breathtaking journey of healing, self-love, and hope.
After Zahra Paracha makes a decision at odds with her beliefs, her mother forces Zahra to make an impossible choice about her future. So Zahra runs away. A train and a plane ride later, she finds herself in New York, where she relinquishes her past in favor of a new future. There, she must learn who she is without the marionette strings of control in her mother's hands. There, she must learn who she wishes to become.
On Long Island, Zahra stays at a bed & breakfast, unsure of her place in the world. Anxious, depressed, and grappling with guilt, she wanders aimlessly. She eventually visits the local masjid, where she is befriended by two sisters and drawn into the welcoming Muslim community there.
It is in this place of safety that Zahra's healing truly begins--but can she create a home for herself when the foundation is built on lies she's spun to protect her from the past? When a family friend recognizes her, will everything come crashing down? As Zahra tries to build a life for herself in this new place, the heart of the matter becomes clear: she can't run away forever. Can she close the rift in her family and truly, fully heal?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Review the answers to common questions and concerns or contact us.
What is the Monthly Diverse Reads service?
Each month, choose from a carefully handpicked selection of books by diverse authors that you likely haven't heard of before, intended to broaden your horizons and expand your perspectives with diverse reads! Let Tuma do the hard work of finding you the best reads to diversify your reading list.
Each shipment includes: the book(s) of your choice, packed with branded freebies, bookmarks, and a personalized note handwritten from Tuma.
What are Bargain Books? Can you share more about Used Books?
Bargain Books are unsold books returned to publishers from big box stories like Target, BJs, or Costco. They are marked as "reminders" with a dot or slash across the pages.
These books can then be repurchased by indie bookstores, like Tuma's Books, at huge discounts that can be passed onto their customers, like you!
There may be stickers or light scuff marks. However, Bargain Books are generally in great to like-new condition. Any minor defects do not take away from the reading experience. If a book is available on audio on Libro.fm, I'll cover up store stickers with a Libro.fm "audiobook pick" sticker (while available). Books are also carefully dusted/ wiped/ disinfected because sometimes they arrive a little dusty having been sitting on shelves for a while.
It's an affordable way to diversify your reading that I'm happy to offer.
Quantities for Bargain Books are very limited. Grab the titles you want most as soon as you see them listed, as books may or may not be restocked quickly at that price. It depends on what's available from the publishers.
If you have additional questions about Bargain Books, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Used Books are sold from Tuma's personal book collection. Often bought new and gently read once. They may have post-it tabs or light underlining in pencil.
Any books that are in less than great condition will be marked down even more and noted, so you can shop confidently. If you have ANY concerns about the condition of a book, please email, text, or DM me for additional photos.
Bargain and Used Books are final sale. No returns, refunds, or exchanges.
Do you offer free shipping and returns?
Yes! I want to make shopping with me as easy and worry-free as possible. Shipping is free for members (join today) and all orders over $50 to the US (free over $100 for international shipping). While we hope you love all of our items, we are happy to email you a return label free of charge. See our full policy for more details.
Do you offer international shipping?
As a very small business, I don't have the monthly shipping volume required by carriers to get the best discounts that could be passed onto customers. What that means is that shipping worldwide is expensive for customers. If you are able to pay the shipping costs, I am happy to ship your book. You will see the calculated costs when you are checking out. I do offer free shipping on orders over $100.
Where do books ship from?
Since I don't have a physical location, my main in-house inventory are monthly book club titles, Bargain Books, and Blind Date with a Book. In order to bring you a wider selection of diverse books, I've partnered with Bookshop.org to fulfill orders.
Books from the distributor typically ship in 1-3 business days in brown packaging and arrive within 2-9 business days via USPS Media Mail, unless you select Priority Shipping, which is 1-3 business days. Books usually arrive much faster than these estimates.
If I have a book in-house, I will ship it within 3-5 business days, in a purple bubble mailer. If you have questions, please reach out to me at email@example.com or 347-470-0085 (text).
I've tracked my order, but it says, "Shipping label created, USPS awaiting item." What does this mean?
It can mean a few things. One, that I've prepared your package and purchased postage but haven't taken a trip to my local post office yet.
Or two, I've dropped off your package, but my local post office hasn't scanned it yet. Sometimes, when there are too many packages, 1-2 might not be scanned before being loaded onto delivery trucks. Typically, it may scan at a later delivery point in a few days or sometimes not until it's been delivered.
Or three, it's been lost in the mail. USPS is generally reliable (in terms of getting our mail to us...eventually) so this is often not the case. Packages are usually delayed and not lost. However, if you have not received your package within 12 business days, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will investigate. If needed, rest assured that you will receive an immediate refund or replacement if I find that the package has been likely lost in the mail.
I entered the wrong shipping address. Can you help?
I can change the shipping address as long as the order hasn't been shipped. I work fast to get your items to you quickly, so hurry! Send me an email as soon as you can at info@TumasBooks.com. Once the order has been shipped, it's unfortunately out of my hands. You can contact your local post office/delivery service for help.
Where's the rest of my order?!
I conduct my business out of my home office. So, I don't have all older monthly book club titles readily in stock. Most books ship from a fulfillment warehouse and store merch & gifts ship directly from the supplier or a warehouse. That is why ou will receive your order in separate packages. Just keep your eye on the tracking numbers, or reach out to me at any time.
Can I add gift wrap or a gift note?
For online bookstore orders, yes! Leave a note during checkout. For bookstore merch and gifts, I ship items directly from the suppliers and am unable to provide special gift notes or wrapping. However, you can send us a message to request a special shout-out for the gift recipient on our Facebook or Instagram page.
What if my items never arrive or arrive damaged?
I want my book lovers to be happy! So, we make returns super easy. If your items arrive damaged or never arrives based on tracking information (or it's been more than 30 business days), send me an email at info@TumasBooks.com or use the contact form and let me know. I will happily help you return the product to us and offer a refund. Read our full return/refund policy for more details.
Are there any current sales or promotions?
You can be the first to learn about our sales and promotions by signing up for my newsletters.
How do I leave an order note for my monthly subscription or pre-paid orders?
Log into your account to see your subscriptions. Click "see more details" button. You're now able to see your current, upcoming, past shipments. Here, you can also update your order note to let me know which title you'd like next.
I have a question that hasn't been answered.
Please reach out to me. I'll be happy to hear from you. You can email me at info@TumasBooks.com. You can visit the contact page to send a message. Lastly, you can shoot me a text at 347-470-0085. I'll get back to you within 24 hours or less.