This Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish have given us the following prompt: Ten books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters (examples: minority/religious minority, disabled mc, lgbtq etc). Now I am ashamed to say that this was a bit of a difficult one for me. There has been a lot of talk the last few years about more diversity in books, but those books with diversity don’t always get the attention they deserve.
I’ve been reading other people’s opinions on this on some of the books I’ve read. Recent for instance was Throne of Glass being discussed over on Tumblr and how diversity with POC had been handled in there. For those that want to see, the thread is here.
Unfortunately it still remains hard to have this discussion. The tone turns hard very quickly with some as they want to protect the books they love. There is nothing wrong with loving a book and still seeing the problems within it. And books can have diverse characters but still fall into tropes. Discussion is important. And if you are like me and aren’t sure how or what to contribute to this discussion, just read as many discussions between other people that you can and learn from it.
In any case I will use this top ten tuesday mostly to read other people’s list and opinions. The books below are books that sprung to my mind first. I am still learning when it comes to this subject.
1. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Bisexual and disabled main character. I especially recommend this one.
2. Astrid Lethewood duology by A.M. Dellamonica
Bisexual main character (mostly addressed in the first book) and transexual main character (character is main in the second book). I’d love to hear people’s opinions on how they feel the transexual part of this series was handled!
3. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Homosexual main character (in the last few books). POC.
4. Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
Below are some books with diversity I really want to read.
5. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
7. Half a King (Shattered Sea 1) by Joe Abercrombie
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Do you have any recommendations for me for fantasy books with diversity?