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Top 10 Tuesday: Diverse Characters TBR

Do you love diversity?! I DO!! I’m making a list to read soon… check out what I found?

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and Bookish asks us to share our top ten Characters X… which is basically a character freebie! I’ve done Asian characters on an earlier post and I recently did my own dragon related list too! I’m a fan of diverse characters so I thought I would do a list of diverse characters that I want to read about soon!


Crash Land on Kurai
by S.J. Pajonas

Diversity? Japanese Colonization

Why I want to read it? A planet who was colonized by Japanese who fled the earth a century ago! How cool is that!? Plus our protagonist is herself Japanese… how will the differences between them play out?

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The Gauntlet
by Karuna Riazi

Diversity? Bangladeshi

Why I want to read it? A middle grade book with some diversity! A trio of friends are trapped inside a mechanical board game that they have to dismantle in order to save themselves and other trapped children…

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On the Edge of Gone
by Corinne Duyvis

Diversity? Mental Health and Bi-racial

Why I want to read it? Denise the MC is half black and autistic and her worry is that in order to get a spot to leave earth before the comet hits, each passenger must have a practical skill!! Can she obtain a spot?

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
by Julie C. Dao

Diversity? East Asian

Why I want to read it? This is about the rise of an empress who has to spurn love and eat the hearts of the recently dead in order to gain the power she needs… yup… ANTI-HERO!!

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by Kristy Acevedo

Diversity? Mental Health

Why I want to read it? An anxiety disorder that is exacerbated by mysterious holograms from humans from the future that says the world is going to be destroyed! Yup and it WON an award…

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall

Diversity? Mental Health

Why I want to read it? OCD and the fear of going outside can be a powerful compulsion… this is a cute little contemporary that focuses on the illness with no other gimmicks in sight!

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Daughter of the Burning City
by Amanda Foody

Diversity? LGBTQ+

Why I want to read it? A murder mystery + a circus * illusions = AWESOME! I love and adore the cover (#sorrynotsorry but I will be forever drawn to purple covers!) PLUS all of these elements = excitement!! Then you add in the diversity and I. AM. SOLD!

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A Fierce and Subtle Poison
by Samantha Mabry

Diversity? Latinx

Why I want to read it? A few convincing reviews, a Caribbean home and magical realism (a genre I’m interested in!) and a Spanish girl who is under a curse… GIVE IT TO ME… NOW!!!

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
by F.C. Yee

Diversity? Chinese

Why I want to read it? GAH! I’m so mad at myself for not snatching this up! Chinese mythology is right up there with dragons and orphans for me and this has gotten some RAVE reviews…

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The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

Diversity? Taiwanese and Mental Health

Why I want to read it? I just learned about this book coming out in 2018 that I am DYING TO READ… an half Asian protagonist, going to live with her full Asian grandparents while dealing with suicide and survivor’s guilt. This book has ALL the STUFF I LOVE!!

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Have you read any of these books?

Did you add any to your TBR on Goodreads? Feel free to follow me there!

What is your favorite type of diversity?!

(I am aware that most of mine is Asian and mental health… it was hard for me to find the LGBTQ+ on my to-read shelf – they aren’t marked!)

Any diverse recommendations?!

Thanks for reading! XOXO,

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33 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Diverse Characters TBR”

  1. Pretty much all of these are on my TBR! And if they weren’t, you just made me add them to my never-ending list XD I’m suuuuuper excited for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns to finally come out next month (I believe?) <3333 and I've also seen The Astonishing Color of After around on Twitter and it sounds really good! CAN 2018 BE HERE SOONER PLSSSS

  2. This is an AMAZING list!! I love that you are able to put this list together without having read a single one of these books. That says so much for how the publishing industry, social media, and blogging world have progressed over the last few years. 5 years ago, I never would have been able to point to a point I hadn’t read featuring a diverse protagonist!

    I, sadly, have not read any of these books either. But a ton of them are on my TBR! I am most excited to read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Which book are you the MOST excited to read?

    Hm. My favorite *type* of diversity? That’s a mean question. I mean, I would feel bad picking just one, right? Right. I think it varies by genre. When it comes to historical fiction, I like reading about Asian culture. When it comes to sci-fi/fantasy, I like reading about African and Middle Eastern cultures. When it comes to contemporary literature, I love reading about mental health. …That’s not a cop-out answer, is it?

    1. Perfect answer Jackie! I wish there were more African focused fantasy… I’ve read the ones I found but too few and far between! … dun, dun, dun I am also super excited for The Epic Crush probably because I missed out when I had an opportunity to read it! GAH!

      You’re so right though… how exciting of a time we live in that diversity is getting more wide spread… the book my partner and I are writing wouldn’t even have been possible just 5 years ago…

      1. I just hope that was bookish diversity spreads we can also see this affecting how the world is viewed by disparate peoples. We have a long way to go for equality– I hope this is just the start of a new era. 🙂 #WishfulThinking

        I’m glad that we’re on the same page when it comes to books we’re excited about! When you say that you missed the opportunity to read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo what do you mean? Details, please!

        I love African fantasy because I don’t know much about the mythology. It’s easy for me to predict where Asian fantasy will twist and turn for me since I’ve read so much of it and I am so familiar with the mythology. African fantasy takes some twists and turns I don’t expect. I love how refreshing that can be!

      1. I’ve been seeing Daughter of the Burning City everywhere lately, hearing good things about it and it sounds interesting. As does Crash Land on Kurai, the premise sounds fascinating!

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