Top Ten Tuesday- Diverse Books

I found myself drawing a blank after I got to the seventh book or so. I’m sure I’m forgetting a good amount I’ve read but these are the ones that stand out the most. I am only show-casing books that I have read.

I’m linking to either my review or Goodreads if you’d like to learn more about the book. I’m doing the smallest of details within this post just to give you the most general idea of why I’ve selected it for the list.

AnythingCouldHappenAnything Could Happen by Will Walton

I really loved this book and I’m not even a contemporary fan! I received this book unsolicited and really wasn’t sure it would be for me but I immediately fell in love with the characters. This book features a gay teen coming to terms with  letting his friends and family know.


TheAccidentSeasonCoverThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I just read this one recently and really enjoyed it! Fowley-Doyle incorporated sexual preference into the novel without it being a really big ‘thing’ It all felt natural which I thought was well done.


OfDreamsandRustOf Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

I love Sarah Fine and these two books (Of Metal and Wishes and this one) feature an Asian main character. Sadly, I can’t think of many books that do. I adore Sarah’s writing and characters.


SixofCrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Oh how I love Leigh. I fell in love immediately with her character Kaz who I’m counting as diverse since he has a limp and had to use a cane. I absolutely adore his character and everything about this book. I might even like it more than her prior series. Okay, maybe not more because I love those books so much. I love SoC as much as them and can’t wait to see where she takes the series.

GameofLoveandDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The main characters of TGoLaD are in love at a time when their difference in skin color makes it nearly impossible for them to be together. I felt that Brockenbrough did an excellent job of getting me into her character’s minds and lives.


MagoniaCoverMagonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia features a main character that suffers from an unknown illness that makes it nearly impossible to breathe. This book is all sorts of strange and I loved it.



SugarSugar by  Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar deals with a main character that is overweight, Puerto Rican and abused at home. I felt that Sugar’s point of view was incredibly well done and I really fell in love with her inner strength.


9780399171611_large_The_Wrath_and_the_DawnThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

TWatD utilized a diverse setting and culture for this story. I adored reading about the foods and Renee’s descriptions were incredibly vivid. I was so intrigued I had to turn to Google to look closer at the location, clothing and foods mentioned.


SheIsNotInvisibleShe is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

This was my first book by Marcus Sedgwick and I loved it. I admit that I was intimidated since I’d heard so many great things about his books. I was surprised with how easily I became immersed. SINI features a blind main character- this was my first read that did so and I felt it incredibly well done.

SayWhatYouWillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern

SWYW features two main characters that suffer from a physical or mental illness. Amy has cerebral palsy and can’t control her body or walk without a walker. Matthew has obsessive- compulsive disorder and suffers from hand washing and repeated thoughts.





  1. says

    I am so excited for THE ACCIDENT SEASON. I have to get on it soon!!! Oooh, and I need to read Sarah Fine, too! I have one of her books! What’s funny is that I could have made a Top 10 JUST featuring Asian characters/cultures, but wanted to diversify it more. I had trouble finding things OUTSIDE of Asian Cultures for fantasy, actually. But thinking about it, I could probably 10 a list that mixed in contemporary characters, too. So it’s funny that you’re the opposite! <3 Eep, SIOX F CROWS is another ARC I need to get on soon! SUGAR is something I was sent for review and the publicist is SO EXCITED about it and I've been sitting on it b/c I have to be in a contemporary mood. I need to get on it!! WRATH is another book I've been meaning to get to. I didn't request an ARC b/c I knew I wouldn't get to it early, but I did pre-order it…and it IS sitting on my nightstand…. I actually had a bit of a struggle with SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE. I read it RIGHT AFTER reading ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, which is BRILLIANT, and it was SUCH A MISTAKE to read them back to back because I started nitpicking ^^;;; A good book about a deaf girl is FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John! 🙂 Oh, and SAY WHAT YOU WILL is on my TBR, too!

    Great list, Kristen!

    • says

      Oh! I need to check out your list! I love that we sort of had opposites. Sugar was a surprisingly fast read for me and I’m not a contemp fan most of the time. I have my unedited review that I have to finish up and publish.

  2. says

    What a unique list- there are quite a few titles there that I have yet to read! Really looking forward to The Accident Season, and I’ve been wanting to read Anything Could Happen ever since I saw a great review of it a few weeks back. I just finished The Wrath and the Dawn, and I really appreciated the depictions of the food, clothing styles, etc of the region – was a breath of fresh air!

    • says

      I really enjoyed Anything Could happen! Such a fast read and really well done. The Accident Season was incredibly gripping. I hope you enjoy them!

  3. says

    OMG how is it possible that we have practically no books the same! 🙂 That means I have some reading to do! Actually most of these are on my to read list so I’m excited that I have a lot of diversity to look forward to!

    Great list!
    jaime @ Fic Fare

  4. says

    If you’re interested in more books with Asian main characters, I would certainly recommend ‘The Last Leaves Falling’ by Sarah Benwell – it’s set in Japan, and follows Sora Abe, a teenager with ALS.

  5. says

    Ooh, I want to read She Is Not Invisible now. (I volunteer for two blindness charities, and probably have a genetic thing that means I’ll start going blind when I’m forty. So depictions in fiction really interest me!)

  6. says

    Ugh, gorgeous post Kristen. <3 Thank you for sharing about all of these awesome looking books 😀 And oh my gosh, I want Six of Crows already 🙁 SOBS. You make it seem amazing. Sniffs. The other books sounds great too 🙂

  7. says

    Magonia and Sugar seem like some really nice diverse books that I would love to try at some point! I own The Wrath and The Dawn as well and I love the sound of it being a retelling as well, so I am looking forward to breaking into that particular book 🙂

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