Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is extremely exciting: “Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters.” I used the definition of diverse books from the We Need Diverse Books website.
Now, I actually think that I haven’t read a lot of diverse books, but I definitely love them. (Also, feel free to shoot your own recommendations my way!)
Here are some of my personal favorite diverse reads, in no particular order:
*Links will lead to my review and photos will link to the book’s GR page!
#1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
This fantastic read features a POC main character. The best part is that she’s such a strong heroine and doesn’t want to physically change to look more “attractive.” If you haven’t read this book yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!
#2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ve tried a handful of LGBTQ reads before, but most of the time they end up being misses for me because of how gay people are stereotypically portrayed, but THIS BOOK, PEOPLE. You’re going to want to meet Simon Spier–one of the most charmingly awkward gay characters ever!
#3. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
This amazingly written book is set in futuristic India. And it’s half-written in verse–but don’t let that scare you! This book’s gorgeously written and it features some of the best character development I’ve read about.
#4. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Made You Up gives us a very different perspective from a schizophrenic main character from other YA books that feature this illness. Also, it features a very swoony ship. 😉
#5. Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
At some point last year, I binge-read the Addicted & Calloway Sisters series and became obsessed with KB Ritchie’s books. In their Addicted series, both the main characters suffer from addictions: one is a sex addict, and one is an alcoholic. I highly recommend this very emotional series to everyone!
#6. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
The main character in Written in the Stars is Pakistani, and she’s also the kind of character who goes through so much, and you just can’t help but root for her. This book gave me all the feels, and also a new perspective on arranged marriage.
#7. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
JAPANESE. GHOSTS. That’s all the explanation you need, basically. Also, this book is so graphic and creepy and gorey and brilliant.
#8. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
The MC’s girlfriend in Liars, Inc. is a POC (she’s half-Indian) who is incredibly comfortable in her own skin. His adoptive sisters are Korean and are very adorable.
#9. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
I’ve been wanting to buy Rook for ages, so I decided to finally pick it up. Go me! I loved Seraphina, so when I finally spotted a hardcover for Shadow Scale, I had to get it.
#10. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
This fabulously emotional book features a man fresh out of the Marines–and missing a leg. Y’all have to meet this if you want to meet the absolutely raw and real Josh Mitchell.
What did you think of this week’s picks? Any recommendations of your own?