Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

July 21, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 6

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Diversity is such an important thing in reading, and life can get a little bit boring if you keep reading about the same white, blond haired, blue eyes kind of characters. There are so many different kinds of people in this world, and so everybody should embrace the books that include them.

*For the purposes of this topic our definition of diversity is aligned with that of WNDB: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

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I can’t tell you how much I loved this book, and I am pretty angry at myself that I still haven’t put a review up here for it. It follows Corey, a freshman at college who is still trying to adjust to her new life in a wheelchair after a sporting accident. It took me only hours to read this book and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of college stories with a hint of romance.

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My Review
Mental illness has been very prominent in YA this year, and this one has to be one of my most favourite. It follows Aysel and Roman who meet on a suicide partners website and set bout planning how they will end their lives. It’s heavy at times, but the feels I got from this book left me totally speechless and I think it took me twice as long to write my review as it did for me to read the book!

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My Review
It took my a while to finally pick it up but once I did I was totally smitten with Craig and Harry and their hope to break a world record for the longest kiss. I’ve not read many books containing characters with diverse sexual preferences before but of the few I have this one has got to be my favourite.

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This is a beautifully written novel following Christopher, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, as he tries to figure out how his next door neighbour’s dog ended up dead in the front garden. Haddon captures Christopher’s voice perfectly, and I found reading from his POV to be such an eye opener. Massive recommendations for this one!

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No doubt this one is going to make quite a few lists this week as it features Park, a young Asian American character and his friendship/relationship with Eleanor. It’s actually the only Rainbow Rowell book I’ve ever read even though I have like 4 of them sat on my shelf at home!

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I was so lucky to get my hands on an early release copy of this book which follows girl who is allergic to the outside world. I don’t know if that officially counts under ‘diversity’ but I’m using it! This book is incredible and if you take notice of anything I say today in my post it is… buy this book!

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My Review
Brazil is a country I know nothing about, and so following Bea’s story as she leaves home for College in America was really interesting. The hard thing about this book are the stereotypical opinions a lot of the additional characters have of Brazilian girls and the negativity and cruelty she has to put up with was shocking to me. But at the same time such an eye opener.

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My Review
If you are looking for a diverse book then look no further. This book follows Callum (a nought) and Sephy (a cross) as they try to grow up together in a world ruled by race. This has got to be my most favourite book of all time and I can’t recommend it enough.

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My Review
The entire Fading Series is incredible, but it’s Freeing that is the most diverse, focusing on Jase and his journey to accepting himself for who and what he is…gay. Jase features in all three books in this trilogy, but it is in Freeing that we really get to know him and his story.

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My Review
Last but certainly not least is What I Didn’t Say, the first book I ever reviewed for my blog and has to be one of my most favourite books of all time. The story features Jake, who after a horrific car accident, looses his vocal chords and therefore his ability to speak. Keary’s writing is incredible and this book just flowed beautifully and had the perfect mix of emotions to keep me going all the way through.

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Have you read any of these books?

What is on your list this week?

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6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters”

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Such a good book, I love David Levithan. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. Dawnie

    Everything, Everything is on my list as well, but as in a book that i can not wait to read 🙂

    I have to confess that i have not heard of at least three books on your list and i will go and check them out and see where i can get my hands on them so that i can read them because hearing (or reading) what you say about them makes them sound fantastic and i want to read them right away.
    Especially the last one – What I didn’t say- sounds really fantastic and i have to get it and read it.

    Fantastic List, thanks for all the new books 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yes! What I Didn’t Say is incredible. I think I still have a bookish hangover over that one! I would also massively recommend the Fading trilogy (Fading, Falling, Freeing). It’s totally heart breaking at times, but by far one of my favourite series. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you manage to get yourself a copy of Everything Everything and totally love it! 🙂