Rivals to lovers. Grumpy girl x sunshine boy. Diverse characters. Realistic relationships. Cute banter. . And most important of all, being your unapologetic self. Beauty and the Besharam is an easy summer read that is full of heart.
Historical fiction with a hint of magical realism. This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke is the story of human resilience. Of the youth stepping up to take back what is rightfully theirs.
An illustrative symbol of women empowerment. That is what perfectly defines Aanandi by Jyoti Jha. The story of a remarkable young girl. An inspiring story of a determined woman to be self-reliant.
A gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers featuring a girl with chronic illness. A finishing school that is actually a training ground for lady spies. An assassination plot. A found sisterhood. One For All by Lillie Lainoff is a must-read.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. That is the underlying theme of The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill. A charming middle grade fairy tale.
A story told in silence. A story without words. Crushing by Sophie Burrows is a stunning debut graphic novel about two lonely souls yearning for human connection.
Merging fiction with non-fiction, Lahore (Book 1 of The Partition Trilogy) by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a well-researched story of the most tumultuous time in Indian history – the partition.
Inspiring and enriching, African Icons: Ten People Who Built a Continent by Tracey Baptiste provides ten illuminating portraits of Black excellence from ancient times through the sixteenth century.
The strength and the resilience. And the quiet resolve to walk out of a 16 year marriage. Rewriting My Happily Ever After – A Memoir of Divorce and Discovery by Ranjani Rao is as much about the divorce as it is about reclaiming oneself.
Beauty is good. Ugly is evil. Fairy tales shape our perception of the world in our childhood. Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc examines the disability representation from the fairy tales of yore to modern-day tales of superheroes.