Tuesday, July 21, 2015

10 Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

10 Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Perhaps this makes me a bad reader, but I don't really choose books specifically for their diversity or diverse characters.  I see a book as a whole.  If there is an LGBT character, great!  There's an LGBT character.  If the story is set in another country, great!  Then the story is set in another country.  If the story focuses on a character of a different race or religion, great!  Then the story has someone interesting to read about. 

I look at plot as a whole and determine what I find interesting.  I don't like to be hit over the head with topical issues, and I often fall prey to the terrible reading reality of too much hype.  But when diversity and interesting characters happen organically, as a part of the story and not a gimmick, I have an infinitely more rewarding reading experience.

Here are a few that I have appreciated:

1) Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
An LGBT character

2) The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The story of a young man from a Spokane Indian Reservation

3) Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Told from the perspective of a young man on the autism spectrum

4) Takedown by Allison Van Diepen
Set in the inner city

5) The Good Braider by Terry Farish
The story of a Sudanese refugee

6) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
A character who is a quadriplegic 

7) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Shows different socioeconomic backgrounds in a historical Louisianna setting 

8) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Shows different socioeconomic backgrounds in a historical setting


9) The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
A young girl raised in a polygamist community

10) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Told from the perspective of a young man on the autism spectrum

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