Here we are, for my second week doing the Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is pretty cool: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters, such as features minority/religious minority, has socioeconomic diversity, disabled main character, a neurotypical character, member of the LGBTQ community, etc… Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I can’t stress enough how good this book is, you SHOULD READ IT (NOW!). Main character is a gay boy.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
A coming of age story set in the 80’s, about two mexican boys who are in love with each other.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie suffers from a mental disorder and Patrick is gay. Enough said! (also, I love this book to death!)
4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Do I even need to talk about how much diversity is in these books?! Alec is gay, Magnus is bissexual, Simon is jewish and Maia is African-American. Also, Aline (half-Asian) is in a relationship with Helen (half-faerie bissexual girl).
5. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Ok, this one is full of diversity. Pen is bissexual, her boyfriend Hex is transgender, Ezra and Ash (african-american) are gay.
6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
First of all, Aysel is Turkish. Then, both she and Roman deal with depression and suicidal tendencies. Have you read this one yet? You should!
7. Ms Marvel by Willow Wilson
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Also, she’s a superhero!
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman most likely has Asperger syndrome…
9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Park is half-Korean and Eleanor lives way beyond the line of poverty.
10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf.
30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters”
I loved all your picks! And I totally missed out The Mortal Instruments! How could I forget one of my favourite series?!
I don’t know 🙂 For me it’s one of the most diverse stuff out there. Cassandra Clare has all these amazingly diverse characters… The Infernal Devices work too, though a little less. 🙂
If I did a list like that, it would probably include Eerything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Have you read that one?
no 😐 oh well, one more for my TBR list 🙂
What’s one more anyway? Hahaha
It’s a nice book, almost too perfect and fluffy in a way but a real nice insight into the movie industry in my opinion.
I’ll be on the lookout for it on my next trip to the bookstore ;-), though I do not plan to go there anytime soon… Already got a lot of books this month 🙂
Yeah I get that!
I actually only have one book with me right now, but I bet I’ll buy one or two while I’m in Cardiff.
😀 the books are cheaper there, I bet (if is anything like London)
Good to know 🙂
I didn’t do TTT this week because I didn’t think I’d reach ten lol. I’ve only read TMI on your list and even then I didn’t think to put it on this list *face palm* I need to broaden my reading lol
Oh wait, I’ve read Game of Thrones, too! Wow lol
lol, a lot of people did books they plan on reading 😉 between TMI and TID you have 9 books 😉 and Game of Thrones are 5! (though I only read the first 2 yet)
That’s a good idea. Haha putting each TID/TMI book feels like cheating. I’ve only read the first two books too. I wanted to watch the show first then read — weird I know. Everyone seems to want to read and then watch lol
hmmmm, yeah, I started to read Game of Thrones when the show came out, and the first one is so similar to the first season that I had no problem. But then season 2 came, and it was so different from the book…
So I paused the reading and the watching, though I think I will watch the whole thing and treat the books as a separate thing
Yeah the first season felt so verbatim to the book. I haven’t seen the second season yet and I think that’s why it took so long for me to read because I couldn’t connect it to the show. I didn’t expect that show to be that different from the books lol
i didn’t either, because the first season was so good and similar… but then, I don’t know. I understand the brilliancy of the show and I do want to watch all of it, but season 2 just put me a bit off.
Yeah I can understand that. I preferred the first book over the second because I felt like the second had too much politics, which is ridiculous thinking because the whole series is politics lol
I’ve read a WHILE ago, but I remember that from Danny’s POV nothing happened, it was just whole chapters of nothing 😦
Yes! Exactly what it was, a whole lot of nothing going on
Wow! Now I feel very bad for not reading any of these books but I’ll try to read maybe some of them especially Simon Vs the homo sapiens it’s already in my TBR and also My Heart and other black holes this one looks intriguing. 🙂
they are both excellent and within my favs of this year 🙂
Ok, I’ll try to read them as soon as possible but they will definitely going in to my Read shelf soon. 🙂
😉 they are both quick (and deep) reads. I hope you enjoy them 🙂
What a great list of reads! I have heard so many positive things about The Rosie Project that I think it’s time I read it myself 🙂 I also adored Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Eleanor and Park, of course, was amazing.
The Rosie Project is very different and amazing 😀 you should give it a go 😉
Will do! 🙂
Great list! I haven’t read all of these, but the ones I have (TMI, The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Eleanor and Park) I definitely agree with! I really can’t wait to read Simon vs and Aristotle and Dante. 🙂
They’re both great 🙂