Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity.

I’ll preface this post by saying that this is in no way meant as a definitive list of all the YA and MG communities have to offer in the way of diverse literature. There are a great number of diverse titles I would love to read that I simply haven’t yet had the opportunity to pick up including (but not limited to) Brown Girl Dreaming, None Of The Above, Everything Leads To You, The Weight Of Feathers, Lies We Tell Ourselves and many, many more, all of which come highly recommend. Rather, this list is meant merely as a small sampling of some of the wonderful, diverse novels that I have read – and adored – recently. I’ve striven to include books that feature a broad spectrum of diverse experiences in today’s list, including LGBT, people of colour, ethnic and religious minorities, and mental illness. The importance of diversity in fiction and a reader’s ability to see their story reflected in the pages of the books they read can’t be overstated. I can only hope that this list might act as the first step in helping at least one reader find the perfect book for them. Happy reading!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Read my review Here!)

2) Like No Other by Una LaMarche (Read my review Here!)

3) Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (Read my review Here!)

4) Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed (Read my review Here!)

5) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Read my review Here!)

6) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Read my review Here!)

7) The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

8) Ask The Passengers by A.S. King

9) Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

10) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Read my review Here!)

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite diverse reads? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

8 responses to “Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity”

  1. Great topic! I’d really like to read Ask the Passengers and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is on my TBR, too.

    Some of my favourite diverse books are Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman and the Rat Queens graphic novels. I love the Ms. Marvel graphic novels and Saga, too – in fact a lot of graphic novels are fantastic in terms of diversity. There can be no argument as to whether or not a character is a person of colour because they’re right there in front of you.
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  2. I always adore the graphics on your posts, they are so lovely!

    Love this topic, I really need to read more contemporary as that seems to be where diverse fiction is most concentrated. It’s frustratingly hard to find in my usual fantasy genre. I’m especially keen to read Simon VS and Written In The Stars!
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  3. Beth says:

    Oh I loved many of these books – 8, 9, and 10 being some of my favorites right now. Agreed with the person above too, I would highly recommend Sarah Waters.

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  4. Hehe I love the cats!! I need to read most of these but I ADORED Simon vs. and I loved To All The Boys as well! I should read the sequel ASAP, I miss Lara Jean and her family. Great topic!

  5. YES. This topic!!! I like this topic very much—it’s so important to read diverse books!

    I’ve read a few of these: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (loved it), Wintergirls (loved it) and Written in the Stars (which I unfortunately wasn’t a fan of). I’ve been meaning to get to Simon for ages, but I still haven’t!
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  6. Cheyanne says:

    I haven’t heard of any of these! (I’m really, really, really new to YA. Like, yesterday I started reading my very first YA novel: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I’m really enjoying it so far! Just read Bone Worship, which was great too! It’s about a half Iranian, half white woman that flunks out of college and moves back home with her parents who decide to arrange her marriage. It’s great! Stone Butch Blues is one of my absolute favorite books EVER! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in LGBT issues or history.

  7. Carrie says:

    Wonderful topic and so prettily done too! 🙂 My TTT
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  8. I haven’t read any of these yet but they are all on my tbr. 🙂

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