Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity in Characters


TTT is hosted as all ways by The Broke and The Bookish

It wasn’t until I read this week’s theme that I realised how I am so, so, guilty of only reading inside my predictable bubble of YA fantasy, dystopia and paranormal! We read to learn, to expand our understanding, to walk in someone else’s footsteps and instead of doing this I’m guilty of reading inside my comfortable little square. I can’t give a list of the best 10 diverse characters I’ve read but I can give a list of 10 books I will read by the end of this year which feature amazing complex diverse characters.

17661416 (2)Made You Up by Francessa Zappia – Is the only book on this list which I have read. The main character has schizophrenia and has trouble distinguishing between whats a hallucination and what’s reality.

22896551 (1)None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio – Kristin, the homecoming queen, finds out as a late teen that she is intersex. This book sounds so life changing, I really, really want to read it.


Paperweight by Meg Haston – Stevie suffers from an eating disorder, mourns her brother and has plans to end her life. I think this book will be shattering but have a lasting effect on its reader.

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One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart – One Thing Stolen really interests me because the main characters, Nadia’s, mental illness doesn’t seem to be the main theme of the book, it is just an element of her personality she lives with as she lives her life.


Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson – Jean, who has cerebral palsy, attends Camp Courage and experiences one life changing summer. I honestly think this book will be so captivating and encouraging. I’m sure after reading it my outlook on certain things will be forever changed.


The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis – Maggie is recently blind and having trouble adjusting. I want to read this one so bad, it comes out in September and includes a cute young boy, who doesn’t let his own disabilities stop him from being positive and amazing and the boy’s older brother the lead singer of Maggie’s favourite band.


5 to 1 by Holly Bodger – Set in futuristic India where there are five boys to every one girl, females are a rare and controlled commodity. Sudasa, sounds like a strong willed, confident girl and I’m really looking forward to reading about her life.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Maddy is literally allergic to the outside world. This book sounds so interesting, I can’t imagine how a life like that would be and I can’t wait to read it.


The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn – This is one of the books on this list I am most looking forward to reading. Five teenagers each with their own complex issues and pasts make a wish to be anyone else and wake up the next day with their problems gone but have attained someone else’s. Reading this book will be a growing experience.


Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian – Will is coming to terms with being Bi while trying to keep his double life a secret from everyone he’s close to. The inner conflict in this novel would be amazing to read.

I look forward to reading all these books. I shouldn’t have needed a prompt to point out to me that I am one of the people who encourage authors to write characters who fit in with the majority, but now that I know this I will make a considerable effort to read outside my square.


About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

27 Responses

  1. I have many of these on my TBR list as well! I read None of the Above in the spring, and it was such an eye-opening and well-written novel. Made You Up looks terrific, so I’m bummed I had to return it to the library before I got a chance to read it. 5 to 1 has an interesting premise – I’ll be sure to look into it – and This One Thing will be in my reading pile this fall, thanks to you! 🙂

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  2. Made You Up, None of the Above, and Everything, Everything were such amazing reads! 🙂
    I really want to read Paperweight. I haven’t heard of the others, but I am definitely going to head over to Goodreads today and check them out!


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