It’s Friday I’ve been awake for more the 3 hours and I haven’t had a coffee? What is this sorcery! I know there must be something wrong with me. I am seriously cramming down for NaNo this weekend so I thought to ease myself into a weekend of writing I’d do a really great tag that Beth of Reading Everynight and Lauren of Wonderless Reviews tagged me in. Thank you guys, and go check out theres posts because they are fantastic as always!
- Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
- The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
- If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.
Click on the book to go to a magic place! (and by magic I mean it’s goodreads page but seriously if goodreads isn’t magic then I don’t know what is)
Find a book starring a lesbian character.
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult is one of my favourites by her. Zoe after having a miscarriage has separated with her husband max and found love with her friend Vanessa. Together they are married and decide to have a baby. Max has been abusing alcohol and taken to religion and believes Zoes new lifestyle is wrong. Jodi has a unique style of writing fairly from all points of view no matter how small minded or biased they are. This book tackles the issues surrounding IVF and infertility, parenthood, religious beliefs, gay rights, and the loss of a child.
Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.
I read a book in high school that I loved but I can’t remember the name or find it anywhere on the internet so for my answer I have Chosen And I Darken, Mehmed isn’t the main character but Lada does spend most of the book in a predominate Muslim country and her brother converts faiths.
I also have I Am Malala on audiobook and I’ll be listening to it this month, I can’t wait to read Malala’s story, she is inspirational and an amazing human from all I’ve read about her online.
Find a book set in Latin America.
I have not actually read a book set in Latin America, I’ve read a fair few books with Latin American’s as the main character but none set in their countries 😦 What I do have though is some books on my TBR:
Also I just stumbled across One Hundred Years of Solitude and it’s about a mythical town telling the history of a family
“Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility — the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth — these universal themes dominate the novel.”
Find a book about a person with a disability.
Torey Hayden works with children with Autism and rights about her own experinces, I have really liked her books and how honest they are.
Honest and heartfelt Shtum is fiction but the Author had to have someone close to him with Autism because the emotions, the breakdowns, the good feelings and the bad are all spot on.
Fractured is the true story of Ruth who has multiple personality disorder. It talks a lot about how she manages and what she went through in life. It is eye opening to what the human brain can do to allow you to survive through great trauma.
Abused from a young age this is Sophies story of her mental illness, depression, self harming. Her struggle in a mental hospital where she meets other like her as well as anorexia patients and tries to overcome her past.
Made you Up has a MC with schizophernie and has been on my TBR for way to long
I had a few problems with Finding Audret but found the descriptions of mental health to be well educated. This book is a about a girl with agoraphobia to anxious to leave her home.
In all honesty I could answer this question with so many books but I’ll stop here and save that for another post!
Find a science-fiction or fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
Also Passenger has a POC as the love interest but I feel like I need to include him because I liked him as much, if not more then the actual Protagonist
Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.
I have had River God sitting on my shelves since the start of the year, I picked this up at a garage sale with a box of other random books that were $10 for the lot. This book sounds interesting being a mix of fantasy and historical fiction. I have also never read a fiction book set in Egypt so I’m hoping for some fantastic imagery in this one.
Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).
These books are both on my TBR and sound amazing, A Time to Dance is written in verse and I don’t read many books written in verse so I’m hoping it will be as beautiful as it sounds. The God of Small Things reviews make me want to pick this up right away, I love descriptive writing and amazing imagery as well as a great story line and from the reviews I’ve read it seems like this has that in buckets. Have you read these? What did you think?
Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.
Rabbit Proof Fence is basically the “Go to” book or movie most people including me think of when they are asked to choose something by an indigenous author, which for me is an Aboriginal Author. Rabbit Proof fence is an amazing story, telling how 3 girls were separated from their family and cross the middle of Australia to make it back to there home. When the white settlers came black and mixed raced indigenous Australians were taken to settlements and forced to confirm to white ways. No longer aloud to speak their own language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and being forced to learn how to be white. These 3 sisters risk the punishments and go out into the harsh Australian bush to make there way back home.
Find a book with a biracial protagonist.
To all the boys I’ve loved before is one of my favourites and Lara Jeans family is so cute and sweet and everything I want from a contemporary. Yay to no orphan children wondering around by themselves. Lara’s dad is sweet and embraces there Korean heritage, wanting his children to know where they come from and their culture. Another one that pops to mind is Eleanor and Park, Park faces a lot of back handed racism from his peers but I really liked his family even if they were shocked at the girl he bought home.
Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.
The Art of being Normal and If I was Your Girl are both on my To Be Read list and after hearing nothing but good things about these two books I can’t wait to read them. The only other book that I’ve read that can kind of come close to being about Transgender issues is Everyday, Everyday by David Leviathan and I really disliked that book, not because of the issues and the idea that’s what made me read it but the love story and the plot was bland on bland and I hated the main character A, A is supposed to be gender-less but I read him as a white male and couldn’t picture A any other way.
So that was my take on The Diverse Book Tag! I’m tagging all these amazing humans and anyone else reading this.
- Rabid Reads
- Bookshelves and Biros
- Cover 2 Cover Mom
- Calliope The Book Goddess
- Carries Book Reviews
- Betwixt These Pages
- Simply a Book Drunkard
- The book Llama
It’s good to step out of your comfort zone and read something different, I know doing this tag I struggled with some books to pick and had to many for some other questions I also never realised how often I read books set in the US and Aus, other then books set in fantasy made up worlds I don’t read many from other countries and I WANT to! Yes give me all the new scenery so I can travel around the world from my living room.
In case you missed out here are my latest posts:
- Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
- The Blogger Recognition award
- Three Dark Queens by Kendare Blake