Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and LOVE to see other top ten lists!
Top Ten Tuesday (1) - July 21, 2015
Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
I'm starting up on this meme and I think it is such a perfect one for me to jump onto! I'm going to go cross genres, but stick in the YA/MG section of my bookshelf to discuss this fantastic topic with y'all.
The Raven Cycle in generally, but specifically The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater. I could say a lot about Ronan Lynch, but I think this blogger says it better than I ever could.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han. Lara Jean is half-Korean, as is her sister Margot.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles has a diverse cast of characters: Cinder is mixed race and the first story takes place in New Beijing.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. There is such a diverse cast in the books. Katniss, and the majority of District 12, is depicted as having dark hair, grey eyes, and olive skin. Rue is depicted as having dark brown skin and eyes. Then there is the manner of Katniss and Peeta suffering injuries during the games which leads them to having physical disabilities: Katniss loses hearing in her left ear and Peeta loses a leg. Jezebel talks about the casting choices for the movies here.
Tricks (Tricks #1) by Ellen Hopkins. Following five stories of teenagers who find their way into having sex for money. In this one, Seth struggles with dealing with his sexuality and it is such a realistic portrayal. This is one of my favourite Ellen Hopkins novels and everything about it is just perfect.
The Gone Series by Michael Grant. This one is all over the place with diversity, although Sam does not fit into any of those categories. However, his best friend does and there are sprinkles of diversity throughout the characters.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This one features characters of colour, characters that fit into a couple of the LGBTQ+ categories (T being one of them!!!), and is just generally good. (You can read my review!)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The depiction of mental disorders and LGBTQ+ in this book are perfect for those who need to turn to in fiction format.
The Young Avengers: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell. This run, that started in January 2013, features two main characters that are gay. This is super important to LGBTQ+ individuals that want to read comics but don't see much representation.
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Jude Hernandez is of Spanish descent and can make up her own mind when it comes to love, thank you very much. This was a very emotional and taxing story. (You can read my review!)
What are some of your favourite diverse stories? Have you read any of the ones I have listed? Sound off in the comments below!
Next week's Top Ten Tuesday is ... Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds! Until next time lots of love and happy reading! xx