This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is incredibly relevant, important, and exciting to discuss: it is our Top Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity. Diversity is something that has become increasingly important in the literature we read as we have developed a heightened awareness of the many voices around the world that are not being heard. There are a seemingly infinite number of cultures, customs, personalities, and ideologies that are not represented in the majority of what we read today. However, with the help of campaigns like We Need Diverse Books, the current state of bookish content could change.
I have decided to split my list into two different parts: the first being sexuality, and the second being diverse characters in general. I could go on and on with countless lists (including diverse authors, places, religions, etc.) but I think this is a good place to start. So, in no particular order, here are my picks for this week:
7. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
While compiling this list I’ve had the realization that I really haven’t read many diverse books. Diversity in ideas, characters, and authors is not something I prioritize when deciding what to read (not that I necessarily think it should always be, either) but in the future I think I’ll try to make more of an effort to read diverse books.
What diverse books would you recommend? What do you think of the books on my list? How do you feel about the topic of bookish diversity in general? Let me know in the comments section below!