Ten Books to Celebrate Diversity

Posted 11 August, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 15 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday


Today’s Top Ten topic is actually Authors I’ve Read the Most. Since I did a post fairly similar to that a year ago (I’ll sum it up…Stephen King is my most read author), I decided to back track a few weeks to Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. Diversity in reading is something that’s been on my radar this year–enough so that I’ve been tracking how many books I read by non-white authors. Included in my list below, though, are also books that deal with religion, disabilities, an sex/gender. You can see more on The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity

Diverse Reads 1

Far World by J. Scott Savage – In this Young Adult series, the main character and hero of the book uses a wheelchair in the real world.

Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua – Anzaldua’s beautiful prose celebrates Chicana and Latina women as well as exploring traditional cultural differences between men and women.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – One of my favorite novels, Rushdie explores British Colonialism in India as well as the birth of a new nation.

Snow Country by Yasunai Kawabata – A gorgeously written novel set amongst the Japanese Cherry Blossoms. I loved this look into mid-century Japan.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – My first graphic memoir and the one that hooked me to the genre. Satrapi discusses growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Diverse Reads 2

Will Grayson/Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – While both authors are white as are most of the characters, Will Grayson Will Grayson does a fantastic job of featuring LBGTQ characters.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – Another book by a white male author, but Middlesex is a gorgeous novel about transgendered Cal’s coming of age.

Marbles by Ellen Forney – Not only does Forney’s graphic memoir highlight LBGTQ themes, but the focus of the book is mental illness.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Set in Nigeria, Adichie’s rich novel shows the effects of civil war and mixed-race relationships on the characters. I need to read more by her!

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – A must read classic that should be on everyone’s list.

Since we’re talking about Diversity, I want to give a shout out to Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe event in October. The challenge is simple: read at least one book written by an author of color during the event. I hope you’ll check it out and join!

Diversiverse 2015


What books come to your mind when thinking about diversity?



15 Responses to “Ten Books to Celebrate Diversity”

  1. Hi Trish! Great list … I want to check out Persepolis soon. I’d recommend Kindred by Octavia Butler if you like time travel, too!

    I thought I’d mention that because “wheelchair bound” has a negative emphasis, many people prefer to say “uses a wheelchair” or something similar because it’s more neutral.

    Thanks again for writing this list – it’s a topic that deserves more attention!

    • Yes–I actually read Kindred last year for Aarti’s Diversiverse event! I’d like to read more by Butler. It was definitely difficult to whittle down my list to just 10 books. And thank you for the note. I’ve made the amendment…always learning. :)

  2. Kay

    I’ve only read Middlesex from your list. What a book! Although, I might have read Invisible Man. I just cannot remember. Anyway, I think Aarti’s event sounds great. Hope I’ll be able to join in.

  3. I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME on the plane-ride back and give it 6 of 5 stars. Seriously – that relevant and that amazing. It reads like a gorgeous love letter-slash-suicide note. Simply amazing. You could knock it out in 2 hours, easy…but you’ll be thinking about it for-ev-er.

    • Yes! So glad to hear you say that. I just read a mini review of the book in EW (yes I binge on that magazine) and it sounds so good.

  4. Great list, Trish! I enjoyed the first book in the Farworld series, but haven’t read further. Persepolis is a favorite graphic novel of mine too. Such a good story. Half of a Yellow Sun made my list when I did it for this meme too. I really liked that one. Middlesex almost made it, but I cut it out at the last minute for something else.

  5. Ooh, thanks for bringing that event to my attention! And fantastic list here—loved Half of a Yellow Sun and Persepolis. I’ve gotten a third of the way through Invisible Man, but I need to pick it up again! Also, Middlesex was my favorite book when I was a teenager, but now I hardly remember it! Time for a reread.

  6. Ohmigosh, I am so behind on blog reading, but this post is so wonderful!! Thank you very much for promoting A More Diverse Universe!!