Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters

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Helllllo readers and happy Tuesday; this week is already dragging as it always does but this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a little special and that’s because it’s a list that “Celebrates Diversity/Diverse Characters.” I’ve picked a number of books that touch on the subject and a couple I’m thinking of reading in the next coming months.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.

This is a wonderful tale that follows fifteen-year-old Christopher who is trying to solve the mysterious death of a neighbourhood dog all the while exploring his struggle with Autism.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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This book looks at Stephen who is grappling with two traumatic experiences from his past that have caused him to struggle with depression and PTSD.  A stunning tale of recovery and acceptance.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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This book, narrated through the eyes of Pat Peoples, a former history teacher who has moved back to his childhood home in Collingswood, after spending a considerable amount of time in a psychiatric hospital. The book documents his life on the outside and his difficulty to understand the break-down of his marriage. A wonderfully told tale and one I very much enjoyed.

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

As a younger reader I adored this series of books and the diversity elements it manages to coerce into the book. The author flips race discrimination on its head and instead we see a dystopian society, where instead we see that white people face prejudice. A stunning tale.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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One of my most recently read books I adored this tale. The novel, set in the Deep South during the 30’s and tells the story of a lawyer who defends a black man charged with rape, but told through the eyes of his daughter Scout. An intriguing tale and one I think everyone should read.

Dirty Beautiful Words by Brooklyn Brayl

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This wonderfully written book is a collection of poems that look at the transitioning period for a trans-woman and the difficulties and struggles that happen during this time; both mentally and physically. I have never read anything like this book before and I am so happy that Kris forwarded on the release for me to take a peak because I have wanted to read a book looking at the transgender community and I haven’t found anything quite as beautiful and moving as this.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a character I really relate to at times; her struggle with social anxiety as an extrovert is beautifully written and I thought this book was brilliantly devised and written. Definitely worth a read.

Every Day by David Levithan

So here starts the books that I really want to read. I’ve seen this doing the rounds on wordpress and as far as I can tell this book questions how to define love and the ways in which we define love whether it is straight (I openly dislike that word) homosexual, bisexual or transsexual. It seems like an intriguing read.

Made You Up by Francessa Zappia

I saw a review of this book on a blog on my wordpress reader and thought it sounded like something that could be quite educational. The main character has schizophrenia and has trouble distinguishing between what is a hallucination and what is reality.

Paperweight by Meg Haston 

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Finally I have picked Paperweight by Meg Haston which features Stevie who suffers from an eating disorder which causes her to think about ending her life. I think this could be an utterly heart-breaking read but one that sounds fascinating.

Ten books that focus on diversity although I struggled collating the list as a whole. I need to read more books that focus on mental health/race/diversity as a subject I think because there are so many more books out there that do just that. As always comment, queries, criticisms pop them in the comments box belowww.

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  1. July 21, 2015 / 11:42 am

    What a superb reading list. I’ve read and enjoyed most of these so will add the remaining three to my ‘to read’ list.

    • July 21, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you!! I’m reading more and more books but I was shocked how few I had that celebrated diversity 🙂 xx

  2. July 21, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Lovely list. To Kill a Mockingbird should have been on my list too. I completely forgot to include that! Such an awesome read.

    • July 21, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      This list was really tough and I nearly missed it off but I spotted it on my bookshelf and thought it would be perfect 🙂 will make sure to check out your list! xx

  3. July 21, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Excellent choices! I’ve read four of the ten and Noughts and Crosses in particular is one of my favourite books.

    • July 21, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      It’s such a brilliant bit of writing! I recently found another by Malorie Blackman that I’ll be reading next 😀 x

  4. July 21, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I love books like these (I’ve read a few of these books) because the depth of the characters always makes me think and makes me want to write a more profound, impactful story. Great list!

  5. July 21, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    Great list. I’ve seen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in the stores for a while, but have never picked it up, despite that excellent title.

    • July 21, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      It’s a really brilliant book one that I read ages ago now but it still sticks with me as such a very good book! 🙂

  6. July 21, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    So many good books on this list! I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Curious Incident! I love that one!

    • July 21, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      it’s such a great read isn’t it! I’ve read a few of these lists and there are lots I missed! Too many to just put on one list 😉 x

  7. July 21, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Made You Up sounds like it would be something really refreshing to read. Just about something so different than anything I’ve read. I also want to read Everyday… I have it and Another Day, so I need to get on it already!! And Silver Linings Playbook was definitely an experience for me. I loved the movie and when I read the book it was so different. Much more painful than the movie for sure. But still good. Cool list 🙂

    • July 22, 2015 / 8:59 am

      That’s what I thought. I love reading books that feel original in their content it’s so, as you put it, refreshing! I haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s on my list of things to do! 😀 great comment c

    • July 22, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Me too! Will let you know how it goes 🙂 Just had a look at your list, I still need to read Cinder I’ve heard such great things about it! xx

    • July 22, 2015 / 11:44 am

      I’ve been looking at everyone’s lists and there are so many books out there that I still need to read 🙁 So glad you liked the list! xx

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