Diversity ūüĆą

Welcome to my little corner dedicated to diversity in books!

On this page, you will find a list of books I have read that have diversity, book recommendations, discussion posts. Whether you share this goal, you are thinking of reading more diversely, or are curious about what diversity means, I hope this page will help you find what you are looking for.

What does ‘diversity in books’ mean?¬†

For me, diversity in books encompasses books that are about or explore narratives of people of colour, gender diversity, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities (including neurodiversity), and so on.

The purpose of this page aligns with my goal to celebrate, promote, and read more books with characters and themes with a diversity of experiences and identities. #Ownvoices books are also celebrated.

What are #ownvoices books? 

#ownvoices books are stories authors have written that are based on their own personal, lived experiences and/or are stories with characters that have the same marginalized identity as the author. For more information, visit this page.


Blog Posts

Let’s Talk About discussion posts:

Blog features

  • Diversity Spotlight Thursday –¬†every fortnight, I share a diverse book I have read, a diverse book on my TBR, and a diverse book that is releasing soon.

Books with diversity (that I’ve read)

Books marked with a ‘‚̧’ are my favourites and are highly recommended!

#OwnVoices

Contemporary

  • ‚̧¬†Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe¬†by¬†Benjamin Alire S√°enz (young adult, Latinx protagonists)
  • Born Confused¬†by¬†Tanuja Desai Hidier (young adult romance, Indian protagonist and characters)
  • ‚̧¬†Flying Lessons and Other Stories¬†edited by Ellen Oh¬†(middle grade anthology)
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok¬†(young adult, Chinese protagonist, immigrant experience)
  • Girl Mans Up¬†by M-E Girard (young adult, queer butch lesbian Portuguese protagonist)
  • If I Was Your Girl¬†by Meredith Russo (young adult, trans protagonist)
  • Into White¬†by Randi Pink (young adult magical realism, black protagonist)
  • The Land of Forgotten Girls¬†by¬†Erin Entrada Kelly (middle grade, Filipinx protagonists)
  • ‚̧¬†The Memory of Light¬†by Francisco X Stork (young adult, Latinx characters, mental illness)
  • ‚̧¬†To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before¬†(young adult romance, biracial Korean/white-American protagonist)

Historical

  • Brown Girl Dreaming¬†by Jacqueline Woodson (poetry memoir, black protagonist and characters)
  • ‚̧¬†Kindred¬†by Octavia E Butler (historical time-travel, black protagonist, neo-slave narrative)
  • Under a Painted Sky¬†by Stacey Lee (young adult historical fiction, Chinese protagonist, black protagonist, and PoC characters)

Fantasy

  • The Forbidden Wish¬†by Jessica Khoury (fantasy romance, Aladdin¬†retelling, inspired by Persian mythology, culture, and history)
  • The Ghost Bride¬†by Yangsze Choo (historical adventure fantasy, Chinese & Malaysian characters, mythology and setting)
  • The Girl from Everywhere¬†by Heidi Heilig (fantasy adventure,¬†biracial protagonist, bipolar characters)
  • Labyrinth Lost¬†by Zoraida Cordova (fantasy adventure, Latinx protagonist, inspired by Latinx culture, mythology)
  • Otherbound¬†by Corinne Duyvis (young adult fantasy-contemporary, Latino protagonist with a disability, bi dark-skinned protagonist with a disability)
  • The Star-Touched Queen¬†by Roshani Chokshi (fantasy romance,¬†Hades/Persephone retelling, inspired by Indian folklore¬†and mythology)
  • The Wrath and the Dawn¬†by Renee Ahdieh (fantasy romance, Arabian Nights¬†retelling, inspired by Middle-Eastern culture and mythology)
  • ‚̧¬†When The Sea Turned to Silver¬†by Grace Lin (middle grade fantasy, Chinese protagonists with Chinese mythology and folklore)

Science-Fiction

Non-Fiction
Diverse SFF
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by¬†Emily Skrutskie (young adult fantasy, Chinese protagonist, has PoC characters, f/f romance)
  • The Imposter Queen¬†by Sarah Fine (fantasy, bi protagonist)
  • Ms Marvel¬†by G. Willow Wilson (science fiction graphic novel, Muslim Pakistani protagonist, has diverse characters)
  • ‚̧¬†The Paper Menagerie¬†by Ken Liu (magical realism short story, Chinese protagonist)
  • The Reader¬†by Traci Chee (young adult fantasy, has PoC characters)
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu (fantasy, has PoC characters)
  • Saga by Brian K Vaughan (science-fiction graphic novel, has PoC characters)
  • ‚̧¬†Seven Tears at High Tide¬†by C.B. Lee (young adult fantasy, gay Chinese protagonist, m/m romance)
  • Six of Crows¬†by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy heist, has PoC characters)
  • ‚̧¬†Sorcerer to the Crown¬†by Zen Cho (historical fantasy, has PoC characters, Asian-inspired mythology)
  • Zeroboxer¬†by Fonda Lee (science-fiction sport, has PoC characters)
Realistic Fiction
  • American Born Chinese¬†by¬†Gene Luen Yang (young adult graphic novel, Chinese protagonist, immigrant experience)
  • Beauty Queens¬†by Libba Bray (young adult comedy-satire, has characters that are¬†African-American, Indian-American, transgender, lesbian, deaf)
  • Black Iris¬†by Leah Raeder/Elliot Wake¬†(new adult, LGBTQ not defined)
  • Black, White, and Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong¬†by¬†Joan Steinau Lester (young adult/historical, biracial African/White-American protagonist)
  • Cloudwish¬†by Fiona Wood (young adult romance, Viet protagonist, immigrant experience)
  • ‚̧¬†For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu (contemporary, Chinese protagonist, trans*)
  • Not If I See You First¬†by Eric Lindstrom (young adult, protagonist with a disability)
  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda¬†by Becky Albertalli (young adult romance, m/m romance)
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly¬†by Stephanie Oakes (young adult, protagonist with a disability)
  • The Secret of a Heart Note¬†by Stacey Lee (young adult, has PoC characters)
  • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids¬†by Sarah Ockler (young adult, has PoC protagonist with a disability)
  • This is How You Lose Her¬†by Junot Diaz (contemporary short stories, Latinx characters)

Book Recs by Other Readers & Bloggers

Discussions & Recommendations

Diverse Protagonists/Narratives/Authors & #Ownvoices

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Diverse SFF

Favourites/TBR/Top Books Lists