This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday was books that celebrate diversity/books with diverse characters. This one was quite hard to think up books off the top of my head for, so after a little digging on the internet, these were the ones that I came up with:
1. Pure-Julianna Baggott-This was one I actually thought of myself, I figured what is more diverse than the characters of this book, you have a girl who has a doll head fused to her hand, a boy with birds in his back, a guy who is fused to his brother, there are so many diverse and different characters in this trilogy.
2. Noughts And Crosses-Malorie Blackman-Again, one that I came up with myself, this book has so much diversity, the main female character is black and the Crosses (black people) are the ruling class, plus it has an interracial romance in it, so I definitely think it deserves it’s place on my list of books with diverse characters.
3. The Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman-Risa is in a wheelchair for a time, Cy-Fi’s dads are gay, Lev lives on an Arapache reservation with Native Americans, Cam is made up of parts from a hundred different people, there are definitely examples of diversity to be found in these books.
4. Plain Truth-Jodi Picoult-The main character in this book and her family are Amish and I learned so much about the Amish culture and society through this book, so I decided to include it in this list.
5. Heroes of Olympus-Rick Riordan-There’s a Mexican-American character, a Chinese-Canadian, an African-American, a gay character, that’s quite a wide range of diversity, I think. Plus, all the demigods from Camp Half-Blood have either ADHD or dyslexia or both.
6. The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefvater-In terms of skin colour, this series is not diverse at all, but there are two LGBTQ+ characters. Ronan and Adam, so I figure that means it deserves a spot on my list this week.
7. Sing You Home-Jodi Picoult-The main characters Vanessa and Zoe are lesbians & adult lesbians as well, which at least for me, is not something that I usually find. Plus Zoe discovers her sexuality later in life which is kind of cool and I don’t think that happens much in books.
8. Panic-Lauren Oliver-Whilst I didn’t like this book all that much and it was one of the ones that I swapped at YALC, it definitely has diversity, the main characters are of low socio-economic status and the male lead’s sister is an wheelchair.
9. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins-Despite the movie, Katniss and Gale are described as having olive complexion and are most likely from the Applachian Mountains given the location of District 12. Cinna, Rue and Thresh are black, Beetee is in a wheelchair, both Peeta and Katniss suffer from PTSD, Peeta has a prosthetic leg, there are many examples of poverty, there’s lots of diversity to be found in The Hunger Games if you look for it.
10. Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher-The main character suffered from depression prior to committing suicide, I think mental illness counts as diversity yes?
11. Handle With Care-Jodi Picoult-Willow suffers from a disability, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and her sister Amelia suffers from an eating disorder and self harms.
12. Second Glance-Jodi Picoult-The main character in the 1930’s storyline Lia Pike is half Abenaki and the whole storyline their revolves around her husband’s involvement in eugenics and how she is scared he will find out about her Native American heritage. Plus, Ethan, the main character’s nephew has a rare genetic condition called XP.
Yes, I know I managed to find a lot of Jodi Picoult books to fit this topic but what can I say? I’ve read a lot of them and a lot of them fitted the topic. Doing this list has definitely made me realize that I need to read more diverse books because I found it so difficult to come up with books for this!
Next week’s topic is one I’m really excited for, Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds, I love reading books with characters who also love to read, so I can’t wait to do this list. Tomorrow, I will have another Wishlist Wednesday for you, so look out for that.