Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to list their top ten books that celebrates diversity/diverse characters. Although diversity in books is becoming more popular nowadays, I have always read diverse books. I am glad to see more diversity in books because more readers can relate to more books. The following books are in no particular order. 

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli because Simon and Blue are awesome! No seriously! Simon and Blue are in the closet but a classmate threatens to out them. Oreos, cute letters and a coming-of-age story...yes, please!!


2. Under the Painted Sky by Stacey Lee has a eclectic cast of characters who have an amazing friendship circle despite their heritage. It is beautifully written and I love how the friendship grows despite their differences. The characters' differences actually strengthens their friendship circle and actually helps them survive.


3. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone is definitely one of my favorite books of the year and covers topics such as OCD, finding yourself and what it means to be a true friend.


4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is my all time favorite book. I first read it back in the early 2000's and fell in love. Chbosky created a stunning coming-of-age story. It's raw and real and life is not sugarcoated. Chbosky touches upon suicide, coming out, being a misfit and what it means to be infinite.


5. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley is a powerful book that can be hard to read. However, I find it extremely important for everyone to read. Set in the late 1950's, racial acceptance is hard to come by let alone coming out.


6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is diverse in many ways. Lola's best friend is Asian, Lola has two dads and Lola is eccentric and doesn't follow the mainstream.


7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic! Trying to bridge the gap between social classes is important in this novel. Family and friendship are golden!


8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan includes characters of all different races, ethnicities, religions and upbringings. It's great to see middle grade books that can be relatable no matter who reads them.
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9. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman encounters two social classes and how love has no color. Blackman touches many different topics such as racial acceptance, alcoholism, violence, divorce and other sociological issues. This is an important read and I highly recommend it. I haven't read the other books in the series but I am looking forward to reading the other three books.


10. Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal is a coming-of-age story about nontraditional family dynamics, civil rights and so much more. I fell in love with this book when I first read it last year.



14 comments:

  1. You have so many books on your list that I want to read, in fact that I have on my TBR pile. You are the first person to say Under a Painted Sky is good so I will shift it back on a list I removed it from. Thanks. Anne's Top Ten

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    1. I hope you end up picking up a lot of the books on the list. Under A Painted Sky is fantastic and I hope you end up enjoying!

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  2. Dollbaby sounds so interesting. I'll have to check it out.

    My TTT

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    1. I hope you end up checking Dollbaby out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Loved Lola and totally forgot it had diverse aspects! Bunch of others here I want to read especially Simon - I just picked it up yesterday - Great list!

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    1. I loved Lola too and I love how it's unique and incorporates a lot of diversity.

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  4. I can not believe I didn't think of The Outsiders! Gosh, I should of, I love that story! Please fell free to read mine here http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-21-ten-books-that-celebrate.html Happy Summer Reading!

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    1. I am so glad you love The Outsiders too! It's such a great book!

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  5. I didn't think of Lola Next Door - I'd forgotten about all the diversity in that one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I love Lola and I didn't think of it at first until I was looking through some books that I read this year.

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  6. Oooh...I didn't even think about Perks! Great list!

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    1. Perks is amazing! Definitely a favorite of mine!

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  7. Ohh fabulous list! Most of these are on my "read ASAP" TBR! The only one I've read is Every Last Word, though I agree, it was quite good! Hope to get to a lot of these soon!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I hope you enjoy a lot of the books you plan to read :D.

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