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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

It's Tuesday which means that it is time for a Top Ten Tuesday post. I didn't plan to do this feature on my blog but I have seen some book bloggers do it and I like the idea of this week's feature which is books that celebrate diversity e.g. minority/religious minority groups, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical characters, LGBTQ etc. The Top Ten Tuesday feature was created by The Broke and the Bookish and more about can be found here. Let's get started...

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 


Often with diverse books, you find that a lot of them are found in the contemporary section of YA reads, but this is one of the only exceptions that I can think of. It does well to include LGBTQ+ characters and has characters of minority groups








2. Dead Ends by Erin Lange

Dead EndsDead Ends follows Dane who is a bully who meets a boy with Down's Syndrome called Billy D and they try ad solve puzzles to do with each other lives but reach many a "dead end". This is definitely a coming of age story that many more people need to read, especially considering it has an under 1000 rating on Goodreads. 






3. Every Day by David Levithan 

Every Day (Every Day, #1)This is a fantastic book about someone who every day lives in a different body. It follows as A wakes up in people of different races and different sexual orientation and it is a very interesting read. It is also good to note that David Levithan himself writes a lot of LGBTQ+ characters. 







4. Solitaire by Alice Oseman 

Solitaire
This book follows Tori Spring who follows the solitaire blog that is found around her school and tries to uncover the truth behind it. The story itself includes an LGBTQ+ couple in the form of Nick and Charlie and deals with mental health issues. 








5. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 

I'll Give You the SunThis book follows twins Jude and Noah in alternative chapters in which Noah's chapters before the event and Jude's after. While trying to deal with the issues in this book, it also deals with Noah's sexuality and overall is a great read. 

6. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a WallflowerMost people know what this book is about considering it is popular and was made into a film a couple of years ago. However, if you don't it follows Charlie who writes letters to an anonymous person in which he talks about his problems and friends including Patrick being one of the LGBTQ+ characters and Sam and can be quoted as one of my favourite books.  

7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


I no longer agree with this selection and the book has been criticised for the representation of Park.)Eleanor and Park tell the tale of two misfits set in the 80s who bond due to the school bus that they take together. Park himself is obsessed with listening to music and comics and is of Asian descent and Eleanor is from a poor background which is uncommon in books that I tend to read. Apart from this, it is a generally wonderful read and again one of my favourites. 

8. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)This is a post-apocalyptic vampire novel that has the main character of Asian descent... don't think I need to say any more. 


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThis book follows the story of Christopher, a fifteen boy with autism who tries to find the murderer of his next-door neighbour's dog. This handles the issues well and is a book that deserves to be read by many. 

10. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet?This book focuses on mental health especially that of OCD and the idea of relapse with the mental illness. It is done beautifully so far and although I am only 160 pages in, I know that it is going to be one of my favourites of the year. I got an early copy from YALC so it is not out until the beginning of August. 


What are some of your favourite diverse books? Leave them in the comments below. 

See you soon 

Amy 

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