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
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.
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!
What books come to your mind when thinking about diversity?