Top Ten (Fifteen) Books that Celebrate Diversity!
- 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!