Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. This week is to celebrate diversity in lit, as in books which “featureminority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ”.

As I was making this post, I realized I haven’t really read that many diverse books, when you account the ratio over the entire book list. I’ll take you through the reasons I’ve included them in the list, but do remember that the diversity is not the only thing going for these, even though I will be highlighting that aspect here. In no particular order, here we go:

Viral Nation (Viral Nation, #1)Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Featuring an autistic protagonist, this science fiction book deals with time travel and is post-apocalyptic in theme.

Viral Nation (Viral Nation, #1)

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

This fae book might have first seemed like just another urban fantasy but is a dark and well-thought out series featuring a diverse set of sexualities (there are bisexual characters) and relationships (polyamory included), as well as issues such as depression, rape and suicide.

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

Pantomime (Micah Grey, #1)Pantomine by Laura Lam

The main character, Micah Grey, is intersex, and bisexual.Raised as a girl, he identifies more as a boy, making him feel suffocated in his home, until he runs away and joins a traveling circus.

Pantomime (Micah Grey, #1)

Will Grayson, Will GraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan

A gay protagonist, as well as a gay secondary character, and a story about love and understanding.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinderella with a twist. The Lunar Chronicles features a differently abled woman of color as protagonist – Cinder has a prosthetic arm and foot. It also features other POC characters, like Kai and Winter.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Though Hollywood white-washed this one, the setting of the book takes place in a distant future, meaning there has been considerable racial mixing that almost every character is of color, including our favorite arrow-wielding protagonist. Not only that, both main characters Katniss and Peeta, over the series, become differently abled. Katniss loses her hearing in one ear while Peeta loses a leg. And Avoxes.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

The Gemma Doyle series features POC characters, as well as lesbian characters. And is feminist in it’s central idea. Gemma and her gang of girls chafe against the restrictive society they grow up in, and this series is pretty heart-breaking overall.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Okay, the entire chronicle, consisting of two whole series, as well as short story collections contains a diverse array of POC, sexualities (against the background of a bigoted Clave) and what’s it like to be different.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)Adaptation by Malinda Lo

I did not find this well-written in terms of characters, but I wouldn’t deny it is one of the few LGBT books with aliens.

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Besides featuring POC characters, it also includes an asexual character – Liraz.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Honorable mentions

  All of them feature POC characters

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)  Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)  Legend (Legend, #1)

Knight Assassin Poison Study (The Study Series, #1)

And this one for differently abled characters surviving a post-apocalyptic world

Pure (Pure, #1)

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity

  1. OMG SO MANY GOOD BOOKS HERE. I almost forgot there is physical disabilities in The Hunger Games, but so true! (Although I guess the Capitol did fix Katniss hearing?) And yesss, I love Cassandra Clare’s books because SO MUCH DIVERSITY. She really has all the cultures and diverse sexuality and disabilities. *cuddles Jem* And Viral Nation was a total surprise for me! I wasn’t expecting it to be diverse! I LOVED IT. Here’s my TTT!

  2. Great list. I didn’t even think of Cinder. I have Viral Nation on my Kindle and probably should get to it sooner rather than later. I also would like to start the Poison Study series before the year is out. Too many books, too little time.

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