Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
Today’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters.’ (Example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc.)
1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Features a gay main character. I loved how Jandy Nelson incorporated his experience and story into the plot. It was not heavy-handed; it felt natural, and it felt especially beautiful reading the experience from a child’s point of view. Check out my review.
2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I’ve said this a thousand times, and I’ll say it a thousand more times. I am infinitely grateful to John Green for including a Muslim character in one of his books – not just because this character was a Muslim, but because he was portrayed as a person before he was portrayed as a symbol for political correctness or religion. I found myself relating to Hasan’s character beyond belief. He was a teenager in this novel who just happened to be Muslim, and I am grateful to John Green for showing his readers what is often overlooked: Muslims are just normal people too.
3. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
This book focuses on Jem, who is a main character in this series. He is of Chinese descent, and is one of my favorite characters of all time. Through subtle conversations, he hints at parts of Chinese language and culture, which I really loved. Click here for my review!
4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This book features a ten year-old boy with a disability, and it follows him as he treads through unchartered waters. It’s both beautiful and heart-breaking, and it packs a punch.
5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The author is an Afghani-American. This book is set in Afghanistan. It is brilliant, heart-wrenching and one of the most memorable stories I have ever had the honor to read.
6. Aristotle & Danté Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Two Mexican-Americans. Two young boys who think their relationship with each other is a little more than just friendship. One story of family, friendship and coming-of-age.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only does it contain discussion on some serious issues, it’s an engrossing tale as well. This was the first book I read that featured a major LGBTQ character. It was the first book I read that did not glorify mental illness. It was the first YA book I read that changed my life.
8. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
This series features a major character who is still-in-the-closet gay. Won’t say who because spoilers. 🙂
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Earl is a person of color, and the dying girl is… well… dying. And it’s not a sad book- it’s hilarious and it’s creative and it’s one hell of a ride.
10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This features a Korean-American. Jenny Han makes subtle references to Korean culture, language, tradition and food. Plus, the book is super light and fluffy.