Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
Since I began blogging, I’ve intentionally tried to leave my comfort zone (by reading Fantasy and Classics), and I’ve also tried to read more diversely. It’s something I’d like to work on, but these are my diverse picks so far:
1. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman – Diverse Element – Race. Noughts & Crosses is one of my favourite book series ever. Not only is Blackman’s writing gorgeous to read, but the novel flips race discrimination on its head and offers a realistic dystopian society, where white people face prejudice. My review of Noughts & Crosses.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Diverse Element – Race. One of my favourite books of the year so far (and probably ever!), this novel is set in the Deep South during the 30’s and tells the story of a lawyer who defends a black man charged with rape, but through the eyes of his two children. My review of To Kill A Mockingbird.
3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – Diverse Element – Disability. I don’t want to go into too much detail on this novel, as I don’t want to ruin the book for those who have yet to read it (what are you doing if you haven’t read it yet?!). This is a New Adult novel, with its own soundtrack, which also features a disability. Winning. My review of Maybe Someday.
4. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – Diverse Element – Poverty, Mental Health, Teen Pregnancy, Disability. This is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2015 – it’s a very well written YA/NA crossover that tackles a lot in one story. I think I need a reread soon actually, and I’ve yet to review it!
5. The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn – Diverse Element – Sexuality. This was a fantastic debut novel that deserves much more readership, recognition and praise. My review of The Before Now and After Then. My interview with author, Peter Monn.
6. Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair – Diverse Element – Substance Abuse, Physical Abuse. Ellen has been through the wars lately – her dad died, her mum has issues with alcohol and drugs, and she’s been hit on by her teacher. This is a contemporary romance with a much bigger underlying message. My review of Louder Than Words.
7. Far From You by Tess Sharpe – Diverse Element – Sexuality, Mental Health. Far From You was an excellent 2014 debut that was the perfect mix of mystery and contemporary, but also very heart-breaking. My review of Far From You.
8. Come Back To Me by Mila Gray – Diverse Element – Mental Health. A swoony NA romance, with a lot of grit and feels, this novel follows Kit, a Marine on leave, and Jessa, his best friend’s sister. My review of Come Back To Me.
9. Life Interrupted by Kristen Kehoe – Diverse Element – Teen Pregnancy. An emotional, and I feel realistic portrayal of teen pregnancy. This novel gave the right mix of humour and serious storyline, with a sassy protagonist. My review of Life Interrupted.
10. Room by Emma Donaghue – Diverse Element – Mental Health, Child Narration. I thought this would be an interesting book to add in to the mix, not only is it centred around a young woman and her child, who are both held hostage, it also deals with mental health issues, but told from the POV of a 5 year old boy. My review of Room.
I hope to keep reading diversely, so link me up to your TTT posts so I can add more to my TBR! Have you read any of my picks this week? Let me know in the comments.