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Simply Held: Fiction Picks

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Fiction Picks

Four times a year, we choose fiction titles for Simply Held members to read from multiple categories: Diverse Debuts, Graphic Novel, Rainbow Reads, Overcoming Adversity, Historical Fiction, Out of this World, Stranger Things, International Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Juvenile Fiction.

 

Diverse Debuts: Debut fiction novel by a BIPOC author.

Graphic Novel: Fiction novel for adults of any subgenre with diverse characters depicted by color illustrations, sketches, and photographs.

Historical Fiction: Historical fiction novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s).

International Fiction: Fiction novel originally written in another language with BIPOC main character(s). 

Juvenile Fiction: Fiction chapter book with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for children 7-11

Out of this World: Science fiction novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s). 

Overcoming Adversity: Fiction novel with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for people 14 and older.

Rainbow reads: Fiction novel with LGBTQ+ main character(s). 

Stranger Things: Horror novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s).

Young Adult Fiction: Fiction chapter book with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for children 14 and older. 

 

Below you will find information provided by the publishers on our current picks.

Diverse Debuts

Diverse Debuts: Debut fiction novel by a BIPOC author.

January 2024 Pick

Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan

Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel: Fiction novel for adults of any subgenre with diverse characters depicted by color illustrations, sketches, and photographs.

January 2024 Pick

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction: Historical fiction novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s).

January 2024 Pick

Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

This title is also available in large print, Libby eBook, and Libby eAudiobook.

International Fiction

International Fiction: Fiction novel originally written in another language with BIPOC main character(s). 

January 2024 Pick

Pyre by Perumal Murugan; translated from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Fiction: Fiction chapter book with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for children 7-11

January 2024 Pick

Hope in the Valley by Mitali Perkins

This title is also available as a Libby eBook.

Out of this World

Out of this World: Science fiction novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s).

January 2024 pick

The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei

This title is also available in large print.

Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity: Fiction novel with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for people 14 and older.

January 2024 Pick

King of the Armadillos by Wendy Chin-Tanner

Rainbow Reads

Rainbow reads: Fiction novel with LGBTQ+ main character(s). 

January 2024 Pick

Blackouts by Justin Torres

Stranger Things

Stranger Things: Horror novel written by a BIPOC author with BIPOC main character(s).

January 2024 Pick

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby

This title is also available in large print, CD Audiobook, Libby eBook, Libby eAudiobook, and Playaway audiobook.

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction: Fiction chapter book with diversity, equity, or inclusion subject matter written for children 14 and older. 

January 2024 Pick

Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia Park