This is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Where Fellow Book Bloggers Share Their Top Ten of The Given Subject.
As someone with Hypermobility Syndrome and therfore limited mobility. I don’t really tend to read many books about people living with disabilities. Instead I like to read about people running and being active and saving the world, because I can’t.
It was also a difficult list to write as there is a severe lack of diverse characters in YA novels so I am taking the last half of the list for sugestions on furture reads that actually are about diversity.
Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
1. The Mortal Instruments / Bane Chronicles Cassandra Clare
This series contains a beautiful romance between closeted, quiet Alec and flamboyant magician Magnus Bane. I completly ship them!
2. House of Night P. C Cast & Kristin Cast
This series contains ‘the twins’ made up of Erin Bates and Shaunee Cole. Shaunee is african american where Erin is fair skinned. It is lovely to see such a close relationship in a popular YA book that has diversity showing that the colour of your skin doesn’t matter.
3. Need Carrie Jones
This book contains a character called Devyn who is wheelchair bound (in the early books anyway) because of paralysis. However he is one of the best characters in the books, the most brainy and he doesn’t let his disability stop him fighting pixies.
4. Jaqueline Wilson
One of the most diverse writers of all time. She writes about all types of families, frienships and people to help children understand and experience a more diverse world.
5. Carry On Rainbow Rowell
This book may have just originated from a book where a girl totally ships two characters in a book as gay (book-ception there) but It will still be a diverse book when it is released in october and one I am definatly going to read.
6. Heroes of Olympus Rick Riordan
Spoilers if you havn’t read the last couple of books. But the last few books takes into account (one of the best characters in my opinion) Nico coming to terms with his sexuality where he has been so closeted before no one actually realised he wasn’t straight until we were given hints by cupid. His struggle with his feelings for Percy and his relisation for his feelings for fellow homosexual character Will are toucing and heartbreaking to read. This series also contains a range of ethnically diverse characters such as Frank, Hazel, Piper and Grover who share a range of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
7. Huntress Malinda Lo Diversity: Lesbian Relationship
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.
The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo’s highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.
8. One Man Guy Michael Barakiva Diversity: Gay Relationship & Ethnicity
Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.
Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend—he’s barely ever had a girlfriend—but maybe it’s time to think again.
9. Boyfriends With Girlfriends Alex Sanchez Diversity: Homosexuality
Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection–but will it be enough to overcome their differences?
Allie’s been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years–but when she meets Kimiko, she can’t get her out of her mind. Does this mean she’s gay? Does it mean she’s bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.
Boyfriends with Girlfriends is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world–and with each other.
10. Shark Girl Kelly Bingham Diversity: Disability
On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, “That’s her — that’s Shark Girl,” as she passes. In the meantime there are only questions: Why did this happen? Why her? What about her art? What about her life? In this striking first novel, Kelly Bingham uses poems, letters, telephone conversations, and newspaper clippings to look unflinchingly at what it’s like to lose part of yourself – and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.