Top Books for Readers Who Explore Diversity

Diversity is very important to me, and so for today’s Top Ten topic, I’d like to post far more than ten wonderful books that highlight different kinds of diversity, for readers looking to branch out of their typical reading. Included below are not only many kinds of diversity (race, gender, sexuality, religion, income level, mental health, size, etc) but different kinds of books (nonfiction, fiction, YA, adult, etc). In no particular order:

  1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  2. Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh
  3. Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
  4. The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Jennifer Steil
  5. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  6. Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover
  7. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
  8. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  9. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  10. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
  11. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  12. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  13. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
  14. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  15. The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
  16. Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare Dunkle
  17. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  18. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  19. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
  20. The Untelling by Tayari Jones
  21. Girl at War by Sara Novic
  22. After by Amy Efaw
  23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  24. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
  25. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

I could go on and on. My only regret is that I’ve read so few books featuring narrators outside the binary gender structure and so few with disabled narrators. And so I echo the rallying cry: We need diverse books!


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

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Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).
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