#DiverseAThon Book Recommendations (Responses)
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9/5/2016 11:45:09To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeJenny HanYA Contemporary
Korean-American protagonist in a story where she is not defined by her race; POC on the cover
Monica - @monicakwatson
9/5/2016 11:54:30A Love That DisturbsMedeia SharifContemporaryf/f romance with a latina and a Muslim protag
Jana, @pinguinabluebox on twitter, penguininabluebox on youtube
9/5/2016 11:56:20Every Falling StarSungju Lee
Autobiography/memoir (YA)
describes contemporary North Korea (personally haven't read yet)Jana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 11:57:53Every Heart A DoorwaySeanan McGuireFantasyAsexual protag, trans side characterJana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 11:58:08We AwakenCalista Lynn
Paranormal/Magical Realism
Asexual/homoromantic representation!@jennaclarek
9/5/2016 11:58:40I'll Meet You ThereHeather DemetriosNA ContemporaryOne-legged hero, realistic money struggles (hope that qualifies)Caitlin from BookChats
9/5/2016 12:02:26Listen, SlowlyThanhhà LạiMG contemporary
Vietnamese American protag struggles with her Vietnamese heritage as an American middle schooler (Audiobook is A++)
Caitlin from BookChats
9/5/2016 12:04:01GreatSara BenincasaYA contemporaryThe Great Gatsby retelling with a female Gatsby-ish character -> f/f romanceJana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 12:04:17Good Kings, Bad KingsSusan NussbaumAdult Contemporary
VERY diverse and varried look at characters with mental AND/OR physical disabilities, their humanity and treatment in the US
Caitlin from BookChats
9/5/2016 12:04:53N.P.Banana Yoshimoto Fiction
It's a beautiful novel set in Japan, with some magical realism and the author is capable of creating this magical atmosphere that I had never expierienced before.
9/5/2016 12:05:22
Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan
Saadia Faruqi Adult contemporaryHelps readers gain a better understanding of Muslim cultures
9/5/2016 12:06:01
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas JonassonAdult contemporary
Black girl born in poverty in Africa is a genius and ends up providing for herself & saving the king of Sweden
Jana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 12:06:52
The Story of the Marquis-Marquise of Banneville
Joan deJean (editor)classicsOne of the earliest works (17th cent.) to feature transgender characters
Libby Stephenson, @tehlibinator
9/5/2016 12:07:22Beauty QueensLibba BrayYA contemporary
Lord of the Flies retelling with an all-female group of beauty pageant contenstants who are really smart and diverse in ethnicity, sexuality and a perfectly accepted trans character
Jana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 12:08:24Every DayDavid LevithanMagical RealismIt discusses Gender and non-biary people in a new and amazing way
@booksfortea / @booklovefortea
9/5/2016 12:10:05Tiny Pretty Things
Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
YA contemporary/mystery
racially diverse protags, different POVs, set in ballerina schoolJana, @pinguinabluebox
9/5/2016 12:22:27Call Me By Your NameAndré AcimanLiterary FictionGay coming of age story written by an American-Egyptian author
Geoffry, boyreadsworld on Youtube
9/5/2016 12:48:23None of the AboveI.W. GregerioYA Contemporary
Explores the experience of being intersex in a way that's medically accurate but not overwhelming: Asian-American author
Ashley YT: booksfordays Everything else: @ashcart
9/5/2016 12:56:27The Great American WhateverTim FederleYA Contemporary
Gay protag; engaging, authentic characters; nuanced subplots. 1 of fav books!! Tim is fantastic :)
Ashley YT: booksfordays; Elsewhere: @ashcart
9/5/2016 13:00:49Chelsea GirlsEileen Myles
Adult Contemporary Fiction
autobiographical novel of a KICKASS lesbian poet rocker chick; beautifully written; reads as a memoir
Ashley YT: booksfordays Elsewhere: @ashcart
9/5/2016 14:51:01Wayward seriesJim ZubYA Urban Fantasy
A Japanese/Irish female Mc that grows to admire her heritage/ The whole main cast are POC magical users
Rogier @rocapri
9/5/2016 14:54:40
The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled HosseiniFiction
All three books are set in Afghanistan, with different perspectives on living in a county with the Taliban.
Meredith, @meredithlinks
9/5/2016 14:57:35Labyrinth Lost Zoraida CórdovaYA Fantasy
BI Latinx Female MC ,has brujas ( Witches) , has to with family, written by an author of Ecuadorian heritage
9/5/2016 15:03:06The Song of AchillesMadeline MillerHistorical Fantasy
A Troyan War retelling with a gay romace, Emotional that it's devastating in a good way
9/5/2016 15:07:13Playing by the Book S. Chris ShirleyYA Contemporary Gay Christian protag, Non preachy book
9/5/2016 15:17:07The Lost GirlSangu MandannaYA Science FictionAn Indian clone who's body doesn't belong to her self, portrayal of India Rogier @ rocapri
9/5/2016 15:20:16Her OlivesFida IslaihPoetryThis book of poetry share a peak into the Palestinian narrative.
9/5/2016 15:39:45Pantomime (and it's sequels/series)Laura LamFantasyintersex bisexual mc@booksncalm
9/5/2016 15:40:48False HeartsLaura LamSci-Fibisxeual interracial mcs@booksncalm
9/5/2016 15:42:40Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendabecky albertallicontemporarygay mc, interracial relationship + lots of fluff @booksncalm
9/5/2016 15:52:46If I was Your Girlmeredith russocontemporarytrans!girl mc + #ownvoices@booksncalm
9/5/2016 15:50:29
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire SaenzContemporary, YAFantastic queer Latinx representation
9/5/2016 15:51:12ShelterJung YunAdult, Contemporary
#ownvoices, explores mixed race families and the realities of being Korean-American
9/5/2016 15:52:32Juliet Takes a BreathGabby RiveraYA, ContemporaryMC is a Puerto Rican lesbian <333
9/5/2016 15:54:58Some Kind of HappinessClaire Legrand
Middle Grade, Contemporary
MC is dealing with depression and anxiety
9/5/2016 15:55:22Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire Fantasy
Asexual main character, black transgender side character, hispanic male side character. extremely well written
Riley Marie
9/5/2016 15:55:32
Cut & Run (adult series w/18+ content)
Abigail Roux
contemporary + romance
lgbtia+ characters & some w/ mental issues (idk how else to phrase it. things like ptsd)
9/5/2016 15:55:44The Real BoyAnne UrsuMiddle Grade, FantasyMC is a person of color and Autistic
9/5/2016 15:56:58We Are the AntsShaun David HutchinsonSci-Fi + Contempararygay mc
9/5/2016 15:58:14The Wicked + The DivineKieron GillenFantasylots of diversity (poc wise + lgbtia+)@booksncalm
9/5/2016 15:59:18
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
Benjamin Alire SaenzLGBTIt represents the LGBT community and the latin american community
Chabely @morechabely (twitter) chabely (youtube)
9/5/2016 16:00:18
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Charles Yu
Adult, Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction
Asian main character working through inherited cycles of sadness and microaggressions
9/5/2016 16:01:07GeorgeAlex Gino
Middle Grade, Contemporary
Trans main character exploring their identity and personal expression
9/5/2016 16:01:08EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Nicola Yoon
Drama romance and contemporary
The main character is a girl of color
Chabely @morechabely (Twitter)
9/5/2016 16:04:16District Ballet Company seriesKatherine Locke Contemporary2 mcs - one disabled physical, the other mentally@booksncalm
9/5/2016 16:11:32Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman
YA dystopian/alternate world fiction
it's a beautifully written novel that takes a look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society. (part of a series but can be read as a standalone :))
Anna from A World Hopper
9/5/2016 16:21:16The Book of NegroesLawrence HillHistorical Fiction
Lawrence Hill manages to tell a story about slavery in a way that is sad and beautiful all at once.
Anna from A World Hopper
9/5/2016 16:28:57Golden Boy Abigail TarttelinYA, lgbtqa+
A Wonderful read. MC is intersex, topics include depression, teen pregnancy, Asperger's etc.!!
Anna @aworldhopper
9/5/2016 16:51:25The Rest of Us Just Live HerePatrick Ness
YA Contemporay/Fantasy
Queer characters, Characters of Colour, MCs with mental illnesses
Helen :) Twitter - @ColiverClarke
9/5/2016 16:54:21Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.Medeia SharifYA Contemp
A Muslim MC trying to learn get faith on her own terms and not the pressure from her parents.
9/5/2016 17:02:12More Thank ThisPatrick NessYA Sci-Fi/DystopianGay MC, Characters of Colour, Characters with English as their second language
Helen :) Twitter - @ColiverClarke
9/5/2016 17:04:36Six of CrowsLeigh BardugoFantasy
has a diverse cast of characters that include poc mc's, badass female protagonists and lgbt representation!
Kiran (@xkirangokal)
9/5/2016 18:02:53Behold the DreamersImbolo MbueFiction
It's a great recent release (& debut) looking at immigrants from Cameroon to America as well as wealthy Americans, examining the American dream. Loved it!
9/5/2016 20:04:39Symptoms of Being Human Jeff Garvin
Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA
This is an excellent book about a gender fluid teen going through bullying and trying to find an outlet to express themselves. Gender Fluid isn't common and the author does a great job showing the daily life of someone who is gender fluid.
Alyssa @puckspaperbacks Pucksandpaperbacks on YT
9/5/2016 20:41:56The Walking DeadRobert Kirkman
Dystopia Graphic Novel
A widely racially diverse cast of characters, all well writtenAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:43:25SagaBrian K VaughnSci-fi Graphic NovelA racially, sexually and she diverse cast of individual and interesting charactersAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:45:16Welcome to Nightvale
Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
FantasyA novel and podcast with a gay lead, disabled characters and POC throughoutAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:46:26The Wrath and the dawnRenee AhdiehFantasyA kick ass POC female lead and supporting castAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:48:25SoundlessRochelle MeadFantasyInspired by Chinese folklore with an entirely POC castAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:49:35NevernightJay KristoffFantasyA rich, realistic and racially diverse world and charactersAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:50:56The raven boysMaggie StiefvaterFantasyNon-sexualised or devalued bisexual characterAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:51:54Vampires seriesJustin SomperFantasyRacially diverse cast of characters Addicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:53:46Rat QueensKurt is j wiebeFantasy Graphic novelD&D with all female leads, racially and sexually diverse tooAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 20:55:32Four EyesJoe KellyFantasyItalian Americans with a strong sense of culture in 1930s AmericaAddicted2daydreaming
9/5/2016 21:53:18Not Your SidekickC.B. LeeFantasy
Bisexual Vietnamese MC, majority POC cast, trans side character, and an unbelievably fun superhero story
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 21:55:40Lies We Tell Ourselves Robin TalleyYA historical fictionf/f romance between a black student and a white student in Virginia in the 1950s
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 21:57:15Style Chelsea M. Cameron
YA contemporary romance
Charming and adorable f/f romance, plus #ownvoices
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 21:59:01AshMalinda LoFantasy (retelling)#ownvoices f/f retelling of Cinderella, lush writing and wonderful romance
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:05:45The Color PupleAlice WalkerHistorical fiction Essential part of literary canon featuring a queer WOC as the main character
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:08:00Empress of the WorldSara RyanYA contemporary#ownvoices bisexual coming of age story that features a f/f romance
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:10:08Two Boys KissingDavid LevithanYA contemporaryAll MCs are queer men, trans inclusive, beautifully written
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:11:47Fun Home Alison Bechdelgraphic novel, memoir
Emotional and introspective, graphic memoir about sexuality and father/daughter relationship
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:16:15A Tyranny of Petticoats
Jessica Spotswood (editor)
Historical fiction anthology
Of the 15 stories, most have WOC as MCs + two queer MCs
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:18:34American Born ChineseGene Luen YangGraphic novelFull of discussion about MCs identity as an Asian American
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:21:08The Story HourThrity UmrigarLiterary Fiction
Beautiful story of an African American therapist who treats, and builds a friendship with, a recently integrated Indian woman. A novel about the importance of the stories we tell and who we share them with.
@booksofmainandmaple (IG) / @mainstandmaple (Twitter)
9/5/2016 22:21:28PersepolisMarjane Satrapi
Graphic novel & memoir
Coming of age memoir in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution
Cece (ProblemsofaBookNerd on YT)
9/5/2016 22:27:26Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi CoatesNon Fiction
Letter to Coates' son about being a black man in America. Very real and very important.
@booksofmainandmaple (IG) / @mainstandmaple (Twitter)
9/6/2016 0:24:13600 Hours of EdwardCraig LancasterMC with Asperger's SyndromeDylan @Clerks82
9/6/2016 0:25:46
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark HaddonLiteratureMC with Asperber's SyndromeDylan @Clerks82
9/6/2016 0:28:33Will Grayson/Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan
YA LiteratureMultiple Gay main charactersDylan @Clerks82
9/6/2016 0:30:00LunaJulie Anne PetersYA LiteratureMtF Trangendered Main CharacterDylan @Clerks82
9/6/2016 0:51:20Wide AwakeDavid LevithanYA Political FictionThe country elects a gay president andpeople try to dispute it, leading to protests.Dylan @Clerks82
9/6/2016 4:24:50Kissing the WitchEmma DonoghueShort Stories
It's beautifully written, interesting, and puts an interesting twist on fairytales. Also a short story collection is always great for a readathon.
9/6/2016 4:26:47FingersmithSarah WatersHistorical Fiction
Tbh I can't believe this wasn't on the list already, it's one of the most well known and important pieces of lesbian fiction
9/6/2016 4:28:15
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette WintersonMemoir
This is such an important and hard-hitting book. It's very personally meaningful to me and I feel like it could have such a positive impact on so many people
9/6/2016 4:31:51HuntressMalinda LoFantasy
Own voices. Asian + lesbian/bisexual. You don't need to have read ash in order to read this one. I actually prefer it to Ash tbh. It has a much clearer narrative and the character voices are stronger imo
9/6/2016 4:34:16SkimJillian TamakiGraphic Novel
It's able to portray so many emotions and feelings over just a few panels and is beautifully drawn
9/6/2016 4:55:05Redefining RealnessJanet MockMemoir
Trans + Black #ownvoices, beautiful writing, comprehensive information. This is a book that's great both for people who know nothing about trans issues and want to educate themselves, as well as activists who already have experience with it. Everyone should read it!
9/6/2016 5:06:08HeathenNatasha AltericiGraphic Novellesbian MC, lesbian + gay sidecharacters, VIKINGS + adventure
9/6/2016 5:10:17The Dark WifeSarah DiemerRetellinglesbian retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth
9/6/2016 5:07:53UnspeakableAbbie RushtonContemporaryf/f romance. MC has selective mutism. Discussion of trauma.
9/6/2016 5:13:08Silhouette of a SparrowMolly Beth GriffinHistorical Fictiongentle, and lyrically written romance between two girls
9/6/2016 5:11:31Everything Leads to You Nina LaCourContemporaryCute f/f romance, filmdesign, mystery
9/6/2016 5:15:42CrushRichard SikenPoetrythe author is a gay man, beautiful and haunting collection of poetry
9/6/2016 5:20:56Young AvengersKieron GillenComicRacially and sexually diverse cast. Fun adventure and lovable characters
9/6/2016 5:25:26Honor GirlMaggie ThrashGraphic Memoirvery real depiction of discovering your sexuality at an all-girls summer camp
9/6/2016 5:27:34Teaching My Mother How To Give BirthWarsan ShirePoetry
The author is black and these poems are a beautiful discussion of racial + feminist issues
9/6/2016 10:25:20All-American Boys
Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
YA Fiction
This book focuses on police brutality. I purchased it a month or two ago, but haven't quite been able to bring myself to read ti due to the various events that have occurred since then. However, I've heard wonderful things about it and do plan on reading it soon.
Miya C on youtube, @mcharleean on twitter
9/6/2016 11:01:37Men We Reaped: A MemiorJesmyn WardMemior
One of my favorite books. Ward's personal accounts of the five deaths of black men in her community along with her experience as a poor, black girl growing up in the south touches many parts of diversity and puts faces to the statistics we hear about on a daily basis.
Morgan. YT: Morgan Gayle, Twitter: Morgan__Gayle, IG: Morgan__Gayle