DIVERSE BOOKS: #diversathon

January 27, 2017

Hello Everyone, 

 

This year I am going to participate in the annual #diversaton from January 22  to January 28th. This list of books are diverse books that are currently on my shelf! If you wanted to read some diverse books and are not sure what books there are or need more books to add to your TBR – Here you go! 

We need change. "Why do we need diverse books?" It's really a simple answer, who's story is it. we want DIVERSE books to make those who are in the shadows not forgotten, not someone's side meal. They impact those who need their story told so they don't feel alone or invisible. They're voices are not put on silent. People are not the same,  we need to stop oppressing those and displayed the ones that need to be heard, loud and clear. I believe in equality and that no one should be ashamed of who they identify themselves We need more #ownstories and #weneedmorediverse book. 

I want my blog to be an open and safe space for all individuals. Be proud of who you are. Don’t fight hate with hate, violence with violence, do it with love. Love is love is love is love! Spread love!! Spread Happiness! We should love each other.   
 This year I want to have more than a shelf to respect all the colours and spectrum. To show off diversity. Diverse books especially in Young Adult it helps fight that dark feeling inside of feeling oppressed, feeling different, feeling like you do not belong in society, that you have no rights and freedom. The world is false without diversity. Books are dull without diversity. We are not human without diversity. We need more Diverse books. 

 

I am starting a series on my blog of diverse books from picture books to adult novels. I hoping this little project of mine will start in February and continue on for the year.  More details on coming soon. 

 

Happy Diversathon! Read On!

 

Comment below  any of the books I have listed below or any to reccomend for me ! 
 

Love, Maddi 

 

Diverse books from my (phyiscal) bookshelf 

 

Simon vs the homo sapien agenda by Becky Albetti 

 

 

White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

Diverse Factor : Gay Teenager, "Not yet coming out", High school, sterotypes, funny, witty and friendly, great relationships between family and friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout 

 

My heart shattered. 'The boy that you keep painting - the one at the warehouse and at the art gallery? That boy is you, isn't it?'
Rider didn't say anything.
'It's not you from the past,' I whispered. His handsome face blurred. 'That's still who you are.'
He closed his eyes.” 

― Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Problem with Forever

 

Diverse Factor : inability to speak, abuse and neglect background with anxiety disorder female character, Latino  male character,and Puerto Ricans background of secondary characters

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom ( Duologies) by Leigh Bardguo 

 

“The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.” 
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

 

Diverse Factor : Gothic beautiful misfits ;  main character has a limp, LGBT characters, deslexia character,  Biracial characters, different backgrounds and layers to their character development 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Trail ( Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare 

 

All elements have a counterweight. Fire is the counterweight of water. Air is the counterweight of earth. The counterweight of chaos is the soul.” 
― Holly Black, The Iron Trial

Diverse Factor : middle grade fantasy fiction, similar to Harry Potter, main character with a limp, female character that is non- cacusaion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz 

 

I know I’m always telling you to stop putting yourself down,”I tell him. 

“But I was guilty of the same thing. I put myself down. I convinced myself everyone else was the one doing it, that it was your family that was judging me, that you were judging me, but I was the one who found me and my family lacking. I was the one who was embarrassed to be who I was, embarrassed about where I came from….I was embarrassed that I was embarrassed, if you know what I mean. I hated that I felt that way about myself. I work so hard to hold my head up, to be proud of my culture, my background, my history. I would never change my skin color, the shape of my eyes, or the color of my hair, but inside, I was worse than anyone out there who calls me a chink, or a FOB.”
- Melissa De La Cruz, Something in Between 

 

Diverse factor : Filipino background, Filipino immigrant parents, stereotypes, racail idenity,  oppression immigrant experience in daily basis, and a miniority in the US, Rich-Poor dynamic,high school, #ownstories, Real life, male character with deslexia 

 

 

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard 

 

"People should just be allowed to look in the mirror and see all kinds of possibilities. Everyone should be able to feel nice when they look in the mirror. They should at least be able to see themselves reflected in there, even if they look all weird." - M-E Girard, Girl mans up
 

Diverse Factor :  Realistic Fiction, Female character battling with identy and gender, how-to-build-healthy-relationships, GLBT, Queer, lesiban, Portugese, canadain, #ownvoices, highschool, non-supporting friends and families, Bisexual  side character, Asian side character

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eon & Eona : Dragoneye Reborn ( duologies) by Alison Goodman 

 

"You are wrong when you say there is no power in being a woman. When I think of my mother and the women in my tribe, and the hidden women in the harem, I know there are many types of power in this world...I found power in accepting the truth of who I am. It may not be a truth that others can accept, but I cannot live any other way. "- Alison Goodman, Eon 
 

Diverse Factor:  Girl forced by necessity to live her life as a boy, Limp, Chinese and Japanese mythology, Fantasy Fiction, Dragons, Magic,Female empowerment,  transgender side character 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

There are moments you wait for. And then there are moments you wait for. Moments you spend every other moment preparing for. Points of your life that click and turn. Push you in a completely new direction.” 
― Ryan Graudin, The Walled City

 

Diverse Factor : Kowloon Walled City, an ungoverned settlement in New Kowloon, Hong Kong, horrors of human trafficking in a city without laws, controlled by gangs and criminals, ruled by brothel owners and drug lords, Three different characters ; One is inside the brothels, a girl sold to them by her alcoholic father. Another is a boy from a rich family who, after making a mistake, lives in fear of his days running out,Distopian, non-western cultures

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamliton 

 

"The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.” 
― Alwyn Hamilton, Rebel of the Sands

Diverse Factor : Girl forced by necessity to live her life as a boy, Middle-Eastern fantasy, Western/ Fantasy Fiction 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't Fail Me by Una LaMarche 

 

 

Diverse Factor : African-American, Caucasian, Rich-Poor dynamtic, racial and social privileges, miniority  in the US, dysfunctional families, racial, physical concerns, discrimination and microaggressions,Reallife, #ownstories, Road trip,Realistic fiction 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 

 

"People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they're just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don't realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they're shitty because they're afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it's like self-defensive shittiness." - Jennifer Niven, Holdin up the Universe 

Diverse Factor : obese female character, character with a cognitive disorder (prosopagnosia-the inability to recognize faces), Sterotypes, RealLife, cliches, Non-caucasian,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ShadowShaper by Daniel Jose Older 

 

Today she looked menacingly into the mirror and said: “I’m Sierra María Santiago. I am what I am. Enough.” She sighed. These days were spooky enough without her talking to herself. “More than enough.” 
― Daniel José Older, Shadowshaper

 

Diverse Factor : Black female american, Latinx folklore, racism, sexism, gentrification, family ties, and appropriation, Magic, Urban Fantasy, #ownvoices, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A world without you by Beth Revis 

 

“I guess when someone's gone from your life for a while, all you think about are the big things. The big regrets, the could-have, should-haves. Or the big moments, the memories that are going to be with you forever, those life-changing moments, like first kisses and first confessions and first trusts. And you think about the lasts too: the last kiss, the last words, the last moments.” 
― Beth Revis, A World Without You

 

Diverse Factor : Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, male character with mental illness, complex family dynamics, high school, suicide, characters with powers ( invisibility,telekinesis, pyrokinesis and  ability to see and hear and communicate with the dead)

 

 

 

 

 

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Memories: some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own. You can't really know which ones you'll survive if you don't stay on the battlefield, bad times shooting at you like bullets. But if you're lucky, you'll have plenty of good times to shield you.” - Adam Silvera, More happy than not

Diverse Factor: Gay, LGBT, #ownstory,  #RealLife, homophobia, depression and suicide, sexuality, friendship, quest for happiness 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is also A Star by Nicola Yoon 

 

"Sometimes your world shakes so hard, it's difficult to imagine that everyone else isn't feeling it too.” 
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

Diverse Factor: Jamaican immigrant skeptic, poet- rebelling Korean-America, Reallife, #ownstories, loneliness, heartbreaks, first loves, race, loyalty, suicide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link for #Weneedmorediversebooks  homepage: http://weneeddiversebooks.org/

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