Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Diverse Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

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

I am ashamed to say that this took a lot of thinking. I love reading diverse books and for me to take so long to compile a list of only ten shows that we need more of them. But I managed to come up with these top ten (links go to Goodreads):

People of Color (POCs)

1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – Prestigious Spanish family during post-colonial Chile.

2. Kindred by Octavia Butler – features a black female protagonist

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – features a Native American teenager protagonist

4. Lives of Our Own by Lori Hewett – two young girls, one white and one black, dealing with the bias and racial prejudice in their small town.

5. Sula by Toni Morrison – features two black heroines

6. Soledad by Angie Cruz – features a Latina protagonist

7. My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson –  a black female protagonist who gains custody of her former best friend’s daughter, who is white.

8. If You Come Softly by Jaqueline Woodson – Interracial relationship (black guy and white girl)

9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – features an eleven-year-old black female protagonist.

Religious Diversity:

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10. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene – a young Jewish girl harboring a German soldier. Also contains a maid who is black and her trusted ally.

Have you read any of these? What would be on your lists? Post your comments below!

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