Tuesday, July 21, 2015

11 Books With Diverse Characters

The subject of today's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is the timely topic of diversity in books. My list features diversity of all sorts: some of the characters are ethnic minorities, some face challenges like Tourette's -- but all these novels (and one memoir) are great reads that I'd fully recommend. What are your favorite stories featuring diverse characters? 

Auggie of the ubiquitous middle grade novel "Wonder" is afflicted with a severe facial deformity, and Josh Hanagarne, author of the memoir "The World's Strongest Librarian," has Tourette's.

Both Don of "The Rosie Project" and Boo of "Boo" have Asperger's.

The characters in "The Joy Luck Club" are Chinese Americans and "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" is about Japanese Americans. 

"The Help" is probably my favorite novel featuring African Americans and "Molokai" is about a native Hawaiian with leprosy.

And three on my to-read list:


  1. Great List! I haven't read any of these but have heard of at least half of them. Wonder has been on my TBR pile for a little while now.

    My TTT http://mommywantstoread.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-ten-tuesday-books-weing-igth.html

  2. Someone else who has Moloka'i on her list! I do love that book. It's one of my all time favorites.

    I haven't yet read Americanah, but I absolutely loved the author's Half of a Yellow Sun when I read it years ago. I have yet to read The Help. One of these days. And Everything I Never Told You is one I hope to get to this year at some point.

    I really liked both The Joy Luck Club and The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. :-)

  3. The joy luck club is a great choice!
    My ttt

  4. I love Wonder and The Help! I will have to check out the others. Great list!

    Check out my TTT: https://greenishbookshelf.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/top-10-tuesday-celebrating-diversitydiverse-characters/


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