I was tagged by Rose over at Rose Read Blog for the Diverse Books tag.
The diversity in the book I read, has been something I’ve been conscious of ever since I read this article on Broadly.
With that in mind I attempted to find titles that weren’t as widely known, upcoming releases, or books I have been meaning to read but never had the chance to with this tag.
- The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
- If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.
- Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below.
Find a book starring a lesbian character.
There are a lot of novels, but I thought this one book sounded pretty cool. It’s called Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan. It’s about a girl, named Sam, who is harboring a crush for her best friend and wants to go to prom with her.
Tash dreams of the perfect romantic prom. Sam believes that if she can just get this suit she saw in a shop window, she will finally be able to admit how she feels and enjoy the perfect prom.
This book also deals with themes of androgyny and gender expression which I think adds another layer to the story.
Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.
For this one, I chose White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Smith is an author that I have been meaning to read for a while now and White Teeth lays out the anxieties of a Muslim family attempting to preserve their values. I am going to have to check this book out in the near future.
Find a book set in Latin America.
This is a book loosely based on fiction but I remember reading it in high school and falling in love with the story. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is about the Marabal sisters and their involvement in the resistance against Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.
The book was a very beautiful portrayal of the sisters relationship and their life under a dictatorship.
Find a book about a person with a disability.
I have the book Piece of Mind by Michele Adelman on my TBR pile. The main character Lucy suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three. As a result she has a rare gift for drawing, knows everything about coffee, comics, and the Polar Bear at the Central Park Zoo.
Unexpected circumstances force her out of her out of the comfortable and protective Jewish home where she was raised and into an apartment with her younger brother. The story follows her as she adapts over a challenging summer.
Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
This is a book that really intrigues me. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna is about three Weavers who are able to create “Echos”, or copies of people that can replace them one they die.
This story follows a girl named Eva who has spent her life learning every aspect of Amarra’s life so that she can replace her in the event of her death.
Then Amarra dies in an accident and Eva has to take her place in India, where “Echos” are illegal.
Find a Book Set In (Or About) A Country in Africa
By happenstance, I managed to pick a book set in South Africa that is about to reprinted in paperback next month!
Set in South Africa, Moxyland by Lauren Beukes is a “frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable” following the lives of four narrators living in a dystopian near0future.
Her cast of characters includes Kendra, an art school dropout, Lerato, an ambitious AIDS baby, Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, and Toby, a roguish blogger.
These character grapple with infectious ideas that connect a corporate apartheid government with video games, biotech attach dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cel phone, addictive branding, and genetically modified art.
Is your head spinning yet? Mine is, but that’s just making me want to check out this book even more.
Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.
For this one I chose The Round House by Louse Erdrich. Louise is an American author. Her father is German American and her mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. She’s an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa).
The Round House is set in the spring of 1988 and is about a woman named Geraldine Coutts living on a reservation in North Dakota. When she gets attacked she reluctant to relive or reveal what happened.
The story follows what happens when Brazil, her husband, and Joe, her thirteen-year-old son as a tribal investigation progresses. When Joe gets frustrated by the official investigation he sets out with his trusted friends: Cappy, Zack, and Angus.
The quest leads them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.
Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).
I have heard a lot about The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan and I am dying to check this out.
This is about two bothers, Tushar and Nakul Khurana, who pick up their television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed. That day, disaster strikes without warning a bomb, one of many “small” bombs goes off in the New Dehli marketplace, claiming the lives of the brothers.
Mansoor survives, goes to school in America and comes back to New Dehli, where his life becomes entangle with Ayub, a fearless activist who has malleable allegiances.
Against the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shock, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own independence for his homeland.
Find a book with a biracial protagonist.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a perfect example. Park is half Korean and his American father and Korean mother shape his upbringing and the story.
It’s interesting to see how he is regarded by his classmates and how his parents and grandparents interact. When his mother talks about growing up in Korea that also fleshed out their live.
Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.
I got approved to review A Kind of Justice by Renee James.
This is a new book coming out in October and it’s about a statuesque transgender woman named Bobbi Logan. She’s become one of Chicago’s most celebrated hair stylists and owns one of the city’s poshest salons.
Then a trifecta of things goes wrong including a hateful detective storming back into her life, determined to convict her of the murder of a pillar of the community and a sexual predator.
There you go! Diverse books tag is complete and I feel like my growing TBR list is about to topple over. Let’s keep this diversity tag going. I am going to tag a few people to start:
Tag, you’re it:
Also anyone who wants to participate in this that I didn’t tag. I love discovering new books with different characters and settings so leave me your link when you participate and I will take a look at your list!