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


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This was actuallt hard. Mostly because I couldn’t immediatly think of any books. But after a little while I realised I’ve read several books with diverse characters. These are in no particular order, despite being numbered. It’s just in the order I thought of them.

  1. Switched by Amanda Hocking. This book has Tove, who is not only gay but beginning to have severe mental problems. I loved him and he was my favourite in the trilogy.
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This book is all about the black maids in 1950’s Mississippi and felt like it probably was a very truthful representation of the black people’s situation back then in the US and even what several of them experience today.
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Park is a poc and a super lovely character overall.
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Not only does it contain several poc’s but it also has several characters that either already has disabilities or gains them during the duraton of the trilogy (something the films misses).
  5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It is mostly set in Afghanistan and therefore 97% of the characters are poc’s from different countries.
  6. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. The main character is blind.
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. It literally takes place in a mental institution.
  8. Lover Mine by J.R. Ward. The main character is mute. And in several of the books we have both gay characters. genderfluid and poc’s.
  9. The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie. The main character Aiden is a poc.
  10. The Wall’s Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Several poc’s and it takes place in a juvenile detention center for young girls.

I know that several of the books I read somehow features character of diversity but I realised when making this list that very few contains a main character that represent diversity in the form of colour, gender roles, LGBTQIA, disabilites, ethnic, cultural or religion. At least not when it is rooted in “reality”, as in religions and ethnic groups that exist in real life.

What is your top ten this week?


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: ten books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters

    • That is very true. I wanted to say I read diversly but apparently I need to step up my game by a lot. It’s a good thing to be reminded of the fact that just like in films and TV-series, white cis people are mostly the main characters in books as well. Thank you so much for commenting 😀


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