I have seriously had this list made since last week, so why is it just NOW going up at 2:30? I don’t even know. I’m ridiculous and bad at procrastinating, but anyway!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created/hosted at The Broke and The Bookish and every week the ladies there have a new list for book bloggers to participate in. You can read more about TTT and future topics here.
This week’s list is definitely one of my favorites ever:
~Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity~
None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio
NoTA is about a girl named Kristin (or Krissy) who finds out she’s intersex. This was (and still is) the first time I’ve ever read about an intersex character in a novel. I thought it portrayed Krissy’s feelings really well and did a fantastic job at explaining what intersex is without making it boring or just dropping everything at once.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
This is like the most diverse book ever, well, I guess Not Otherwise Specified would definitely rival it, but still, this one is just amazing. There’s a PoC main character who happens to be gay and NOT middle class and it all takes place in Brooklyn. It’s amazing. Read it, read it, read it. Now.
Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
I am so, so excited for this book to come out in September! I read an advance copy of it back in May and I loved it to pieces! There’s a group of three friends and they’re all either gay characters, PoC characters or suffering from a mental illness and it does it all so well. I love it!
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
Anything Could Happen is about a guy named Tretch who is gay and in love with his best friend. I may felt it was a little stereotypical at times, but overall, I loved it. And not just because there’s an ongoing unrequited romance:
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
5 to 1 takes place in India in the future, so all the characters are Indian. It’s told half in free verse poetry and the other half in regular prose.
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriqguez
When Reason Breaks has an almost all Hispanic cast and this is about the first time I’ve ever read this happening in a YA book that DIDN’T take place in another country (IE, The Walled City). It was really great to read about PoC characters especially from someone who is a PoC herself and the character’s own race.
Mental Illness Diversity
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
In Challenger Deep, the main character, Caden is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. This is a bit of a rare mental illness to see in YA and it was great to see how it was for Caden on two different fronts, based on the book’s telling. Another book that has an MC with Schizophrenia is Made You Up.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Like More Happy Than Not, I’ll Meet You There has several different diversities in it. There’s socioeconomic diversity, the main characters aren’t middle class. Josh is suffering from his going to war and may have PTSD. He was also injured from that war and only has one leg, making there also disability diversity.
Little Peach by Peggy Kern
Little Peach is about a PoC girl who ends up human trafficking in New York City. It’s dark, scary and raw. Proceed with caution. It’s very rewarding to read though, even if just to know a little bit about what girls go through who get stuck in trafficking.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
My favorite book of the year or close to it anyway. 🙂 Because You’ll Never Meet Me has a few different diversities, there’s disabled diversity. One of the MCs, Ollie is forced to live in a cabin in the woods without electricity because he is allergic to electricity. The other MC, Moritz has a pacemaker in his heart.
If that’s not enough diversity for you, it’s told in letters. Wonderful, amazing letters. That counts as diversity, right? Right? Diverse story telling?
THERE’S GOING TO BE A SEQUEL, THERE’S GOING TO BE A SEQUEL. But it’s not coming out until 2018 because Leah likes to break my heart apparently and after all the talk about her book I’ve done since I read it in June! So mean. ❤
Those are my top ten diverse books of the year so far. What are yours? Have you read any of these? If you haven’t, you need to start with Because You’ll Never Meet Me, it’s wonderful and amazing and I love it so so so so so much. Okay, I’ll stop saying “so”. Let me know what you think of these and tell me any other diverse books that you have liked.