I love talking about diverse books, but lately I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to talk about it in depth. I have plans to talk extensively about diversity in the future, but right now I’m still researching and brainstorming how to do that. So for now, I thought I’d do the diverse books tag!
1. Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Find a book starring a lesbian character.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
I read this last year as part of Bookentine. When I started it, I really wasn’t sure about it but by the end I loved it. When it comes to reading LGBTQ+ books, I’ve read a lot that focus on teenage boys—Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, Geography Club etc. but not so much on girls. This one has really convinced me to read more.
Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.
Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal
I know this one is quite popular, but I still think it deserves more hype than what it gets. I think it’s such an incredible comic. How often do we get to see a Muslim girl become a superhero? More of that please.
Find a book set in Latin America.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
This is a new area I’m exploring, so the only ones I could have recommended were Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez—I feel like they’re already pretty well-known. This one is very high up on my list of Latin America books I want to read next. In fact, quite a lot of his books are on my wishlist. I just wish I could find them here in Australia.
Find a book about a person with a disability.
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
You might have realised that this is kind of my area. I am writing my Honours on disability in fiction, so I have a HUGE tbr. This is the one I’ve read most recently, and I loved it. I wrote a full review about it, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Corinne was also the creator of #ownvoices, so she’s definitely someone to watch out for.
Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.
This is another relatively recent read for me. I’d been meaning to read Butler for a very long time, and I finally managed to find a copy of this book. I really liked it, so I definitely want to read more of her work.
Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This is a multi-generational family saga that starts in 18th century Ghana, and stretches through the American Civil War and up to 20th century Harlem. This is a little out of my comfort zone—I don’t read a lot about slavery in America, or really American history at all, but I do really want to learn more about the subject.
Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.
That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
Finally I can talk about my own country. For this, I picked That Deadman Dance. This is both written by and about an Indigenous Australian, which gives me hope that this will be a good representation of Indigenous culture. There aren’t a lot of books out there that explore Australia’s settlement from this point of view, so I really hope it’s good.
Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).
Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan
I’d never heard of this book before I went searching for something, but it sounds like an incredible book. The blurb on Goodreads describes it as ‘revealing the essence of India and of human experience’, which makes it sound like it’ll be full of beautiful writing.
Find a book with a biracial protagonist.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
I just couldn’t resist mentioning Corinne Duyvis again. From what I’ve heard, this book is full of diversity. Not only is the main character biracial, but she also has autism. Her sister is black, and transgender. Can we all just pause to appreciate that for a moment? (Also, I just bought this last night)
Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
I feel very disappointed in myself for not knowing of this book before now. I love books about music, and I haven’t read nearly enough books about transgender people. This one seems to have slipped under the radar a bit—it came out in 2012, but it doesn’t have a whole lot of ratings on Goodreads. This is definitely on my wishlist now!
There we go—all my answers for the Diverse Books Tag. I honestly wish I could tag all of you, because everyone should be talking about diversity, but for all intensive purposes, I’ve narrowed it down a little. So I’m tagging: Angel @ Angel Reads, Jolien @ The Fictional Reader and Ellie @ On the Other Side of Reality.
Go forth, and talk diversely!