Top Ten (Fifteen) Books that Celebrate Diversity!
I love this topic! I actually wrote a list similar to this in my RT-inspired discussion post about reading and writing diversity, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about it again because I’m always looking to read and recommend diverse books! While there are lots of great books that feature diverse secondary characters, I only included books with diverse MAIN characters.
(And I only included books I’ve read and enjoyed!)
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – (YA) Ben and Hazel are a brother and sister who have to deal with a lot – after all, fae live in their sleepy little town. Ben also happens to be gay.
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – (YA) Technically, the main character in this book isn’t LGBT – she’s intersex. But this was the category that fit this book the best and I definitely wanted to mention it because it’s wonderful!
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – (YA) If you want a beautifully written, poetic book, this is for you!
- Secret by Brigid Kemmerer – (YA) I love the whole Elemental series – in this one, we find out that one of the main characters is struggling with his sexuality.
- Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin – (YA) I’ve actually generally stopped following this author because I just got a little fed up with her dissing her own books and complaining way too much on her blog, but after much thought, I couldn’t help but mention this book today because it really is a great book that features a YA character who is figuring out his sexual identity. Plus, one of the main characters is both gay and Native American. (And, no, this isn’t the book that Godwin was dissing – if you want to see more about how I felt about this at the time, you can read my posts Authors Who Complain and Yep, I Gave Up on that Complaining Author – this is actually the first time that I’m saying who she is, but you can make your own choice whether or not to be aggravated by her behavior.)
- Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas – (NA) I just finished editing this book (it’s being released on August 6th) and I LOVE that it takes place mostly in Japan with Japanese American main characters (and there is no lack of actual Japanese culture in the books either!). I don’t specifically review books I edit because it feels like a conflict of interest (I mean, obviously I think it’s wonderful!), but I do love spreading the word – if anyone is interested in reading and reviewing this contemporary romance, let me or S.J. know! (This is New Adult, though, so not right for the under 18 crowd).
- Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai – (YA) I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I loved this one, which takes place in ancient India!
- Until You Find Me by Amber Hart – (NA) The two books in this NA romance series are set in the jungles of Africa. Can’t beat that unique setting!
- The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – (YA) This book probably should be in the fantasy category, but the setting is based on a real, incredibly unique place (which I found utterly fascinating), so I’m putting it here.
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – (YA) Pretty much everyone knows about this series, so I won’t expound too much, but there’s lots of diversity in it!
- This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – (YA) I absolutely adore this series and was happy when I read Jubilee’s description and realized that she’s not written as a Caucasian-looking woman.
- The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – (YA) Just like the author, the main character of this amazing vampire series is Asian American.
- Storm Siren by Mary Weber – (YA) The main love interest in this series is a black man.
- Stim by Kevin Berry – (NA) The author of this duology has Aspergers, so he writes his characters very realistically!
- Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes – (YA) I really loved the POV of an autistic main character in this book – I need to read the second one soon!!!
So, what are your favorite diverse books? I want to know!