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Top Ten Tuesday: Diversity in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try and list ten fro that category. For more information, visit their page here.

July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

This topic was a bit harder for me to come up with because I haven’t really read that many diverse books. There are some I have been dying to read, but haven’t gotten the chance to yet. As I thought more about it, while the YA genre has diverse books, there’s still quite a bit of lackage. I had to throw in some middle grade books to get more answers. Some of these may not be technically correct, but I thought they had diverse aspects.

So B. ItRules Petey

So B. It  by Sarah Weeks: features a mentally disabled mother who only knows 23 words.
Rules by Cynthia Lord: features main character who’s life revolves around autistic brother.
Petey by Ben Mikaelsen: features perspective of man who has cerebral palsy.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: this one may not be “diversity” but it doesn’t follow the normal YA standards. Eleanor is a heavy-set redhead from a poor family and is dating Park, a half- Korean, in the 1980s. Not your stereotypical relationship in YA, but still a fan favorite.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanLara Jean and is half-Korean and in both books we see some of the customs and traditions they celebrate.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: This whole series is set in New-Beijing with Chinese characters.
These are all the books that I can think of that feature diversity, even though I know I have probably read more. Here are some more books that I haven’t read (yet) but are considered diverse. The titles all link to Goodreads if you want to check them out.




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