This will be in english, so the original creator can read it too.
- Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
- The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. You are tasked to find a book that fits a specific criteria – and it must be a book you have read or want to read.
- If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then you’re encouraged 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.
Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.
1. A book with a lesbian character
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
I just recently read this, and it’s absolutely the loveliest, sweetest and most picturesque story about movies, girls figuring out their lives and falling in love. It’s charming through and through.
2. A book with a muslim protagonist
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (and Ms. Marvel, also by G. Willow Wilson)
I love G. Willow Wilson and this is a breathtaking novel about revolution, the power of technology and information – all with a dash of magic and romance. I really loved this book, and now I kind of want to re-read it. Wilson is also part of the team behind the recent Ms. Marvel graphic novel series, where young muslim girl Khamala Khan dons the superhero mantle. I recommend that very highly too.
3. A book set in Latin America
Ten Women by Marcela Serrano
I haven’t read this, but I have it on my kindle. It’s about ten chilean women, who are brought together by their therapist to talk about their lives. And through sharing their own and hearing each others stories; perhaps to heal.
4. A book about a person with a disability
Freischwimmer by Nis-Christian Bredholt.
A book by a danish author with sclerosis. The book is a poetic sort of memoir, and it chronicles his life as an artist, his travels, and his life before and with sclerosis. It’s a really well-written, moving and interesting read.
5. A fantasy or science fiction book with a POC protagonist
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
This novella is just amazing, and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out. It’s the story of Binti who leaves her home on Earth to study on a space academy, and on the way her ship is attacked by aliens. It’s not really an action story, though, rather a story of bridging cultural divides.
6. A book set in (or about) any country in Africa
Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
This is actually a book about a fictional African country, but as it’s written by a Kenyan author and translated from kikuy, which is the language of the largest ethnic group in Kenya, also named the Kikuy, I think I can include it. It’s also largely a story based on african folklore and african politics. A really excellent book, and I hope Thiong’o gets that Nobel Prize in literature soon.
7. A book written by an Indigenous or Native author
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
From what I can tell, I’ve never read anything by a Native or Indigenous author, so this one I had to search for. This really spoke to me, though it sounds like a sad, heartbreaking read, it also seems a story of hope and love. And it seems to highlight the many injustices done to Natives in the US. In any case, I’m excited to read it and see where it takes me.
8. A book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc.)
The Colour of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
An absolutely heartbreaking story of the life of two childhood friends, Tara and Mukta. One day, when they’re kids, Mukta is kidnapped, and years later Tara embarks on a journey to find her. Set mostly in India, it’s a moving story about friendship and the horrors of human trafficking.
9. A book with a biracial protagonist
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is one of my favorite YA books. I just adore Lara Jean and her chaotic, messy love life and her adorable, devoted sisters and father. And she’s half korean, which makes for some very sweet scenes with her father (who is not korean), and their extended family.
10. A book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serrano
I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds like a really, really insightful and enlightening book about being transgender, both pre- and post-transition, and all the issues, problems and experiences that surround it. And I like that it’s a non-fiction book, as I don’t read enough of those.