Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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.

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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.

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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!)

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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).

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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.loveinthetime

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!

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7. Ms Marvel by Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Also, she’s a superhero!

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8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman most likely has Asperger syndrome…

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9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Park is half-Korean and Eleanor lives way beyond the line of poverty.

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10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf.

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal (G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona)

>>>>  Nº 40 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A graphic novel <<<<

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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

I hadn’t read a comic book in SUCH A LONG TIME! Too much time! Back when I was younger I tried to keep up with the X-Men, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, etc… but then I kind of let that go. I love comic books, I devour anything and everything comic related, except the comics themselves. But early last month I was determined to start reading the new Ms. Marvel comic, so I ordered vol. 1 and vol. 2 (that is, issues 1 to 11).

This is my first ever Ms. Marvel story, and I really liked Kamala Khan and her transformation into Ms. Marvel. The first 5 issues, that is, Vol. 1: No Normal, is really about how Kamala fits in her world, how she becomes Ms. Marvel and how she brings that into her own universe and reality.

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I really liked the diversity here, Kamala is a Pakistani-American 16 year-old, born and raised in Jersey City. She struggles to find her own identity, torn between her semi-conservative parents, her Muslim heritage and her American identity.

I loved the mist where she gets her powers… being currently watching Agents of SHIELD, that was a very cool Inhumans reference!

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I rather liked these first five issues, though I have to admit that they felt kind of slow. It took Kamala all of 5 comics to assert herself and her identity. There wasn’t that much action, so I got bored kind of fast…

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Still, I can’t wait to read volume 2 and 3 🙂 !!!

Rating: 3.4 Stars

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