Junot Díaz Recommends The Top 18 Books To Read Right Now


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Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz is well-known for his literature prowess, like his acclaimed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and his newest Islandborn. But did you know that the author is also a voracious reader? Recently, he’s been on tour for his children’s book about an Afro-Latina and it seems that many have been asking him about his favorite books. In a Facebook post on Thursday, he wrote:

Friends, throughout the tour I’m asked what I’ve read recently that I love and like a good nerd I give names and titles but I realize that it would be easier to put them up here so folks don’t need to scribble and deal with my mumbling. Just know this is a banner reading year, one for the record books.

Just as Lin-Manuel Miranda before him, who recommended 12 must-read Latina authors earlier this year, Junot took to his social media to recommend his favorite 18 books so far this year. And yes, he promises that there are more recommendations to come!

1. Elaine Castillo’s America Is Not The Heart

A wonderful debut novel about a Filipino immigrant family settling into life in San Francisco.

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