Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

This is both a fantastic topic and a very difficult topic – difficult because I’ve read so many great books of many sorts of diversity and it was hard to narrow down to a top ten! I debated between choosing the top ten of a particular type of diversity versus many types, and decided to go with the latter. In no particular order:

Between_Mom_and_Jo1. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters – brilliant, heartwrenching YA about a boy whose moms are splitting

2. Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa – looking at the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from the Palestinian side

3. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet – nonfiction memoir by an autistic gay man with synesthesia

4. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – generational classic about a Chinese family

5. Sold by Patricia McCormick – poignant YA about the underage sex trade in Asia

6. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon – YA that focuses on US civil rights in the mid-1900s

book_untellingBIG7. The Untelling by Tayari Jones – one of the best books I’ve ever read portraying the realities of urban poverty

8. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb – European-born, African-raised refugee narrator with a mixed Muslim-and-traditional-folk faith

9. the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson – shows that fantasy can explore diversity as well!

10. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi – nonfiction about oppressed women and religious minorities in Iran

What’s on your list?


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


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2 Responses to Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

  1. Angelized1st says:

    Wow, you picked a lot of deep topics! They all sound like really great reads.


  2. I saw Between Mom and Jo on someone else’s list as well. It looks interesting. The themes that you covered with these books are quite diverse too. Great list and thanks for sharing!!!

    My TTT

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader


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