Featured Books - Curated Booklists

The booklists on this page were compiled by CSUSM University Library staff and can be used as a starting place to explore titles related to specific themes. Ebooks are indicated by an asterisk*.

CSUSM students, faculty and staff will need to sign in with their CSUSM account to borrow the books and ebooks listed. For help using any ebooks in the library's collections, please email cda-issues@csusm.edu


June is Pride month. We invite you to explore the titles below.

Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing*

As Normal As Possible: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong

The Brightsiders*

Summer Bird Blue*

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe*

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker *

Queer media images LGBT perspectives*

Transgender History

Transgender Voice: Beyond Women and Men*


June 19th is Juneteenth. We invite you to learn more about this national holiday and offer the ebook, On Juneteenth*.

Instructions for downloading the ebook to a mobile device using the recommended "Libby" app are available here: https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/1307.html

We also invite you to explore books by the prominent Black authors listed below.

Alex Haley

Angela Davis

Ibram X. Kendi

Isabel Wilkerson

James Baldwin

Langston Hughes

Maya Angelou

Octavia Butler

Toni Morrison

College & Finals Success 

These ebooks will help you set yourself up for success!  

The Secrets of College Success*

College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make It Happen

Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning

Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) 

May is APIDA Heritage month. We invite you to explore the titles below.

They Called Us Enemy*

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning*

The Making of Asian America: A History*

The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism*