Diverse Books Tag

Hey guys, I’m finally doing this tag, after being tagged by 3 people! My tags are very much backed-up right now, so if you’ve tagged me in anything in the last 1-2 months, rest assured that I am slowly but surely getting to them! It’s been a busy life lately.

I’m excited for this one. It was created by the incomparable Naz @ Read Diverse Books, who is just ridiculously amazing. If you aren’t following him, please do. I was tagged by 3 equally amazing bloggers, Izzi @ The Ravenclaw Book Club, Amy @ InkySpells, and Building Diverse Bookshelves. Thanks, all!

The Rules:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below.

Find a book starring a lesbian character.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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I have not read this book yet, but I plan to. It’s about a lesbian teen in 1990s Montana who loses her parents and then has to live with conservative relatives. It’s been highly acclaimed, and I look forward to reading it!

Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

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This book is excellent; it is about a Muslim man who lives in New York City and it grapples with the issues of post-9/11 views on Muslims in the United States. It is an expertly crafted narrative and is now on many required reading lists.

Find a book set in Latin America.

Down the  Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos

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I actually reviewed this book like 3 years ago on my blog. It is told from the perspective of a young boy whose father is a drug lord in Mexico. It is so well written; the boy doesn’t understand the things that are happening around him when he narrates, but the reader does. Very powerful.

Find a book about a person with a disability.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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I know this book is popular, but I’m using it anyway cause it’s so darn good! It’s about a boy who is on the autism spectrum, and it is narrated by him. It’s just such a good book.

Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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I’m stealing Izzi’s answer for this one because I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. It’s about a girl from Nigeria who has magical powers.

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers

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This book is phenomenal. It is a fictionalized account of the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a man who was a refugee during the Second Sudanese Civil War as a child (one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys”). Though it’s written by a white guy, Deng himself collaborated closely with Eggers during the writing process to create this superb fictionalized memoir.

Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson

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I had to look this one up because I wanted to put someone other than Sherman Alexie. (Nothing against Sherman Alexie; he’s awesome…he’s just uber famous and I wanted to find more). This book really called out to me. It’s a collection of short stories by a Nishnaabeg (a Canadian tribe) woman, and it sounds fantastic.

Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).

A Thousand Splendid Sons by Khaled Hosseini

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This book (which I have not read) is by the same author as The Kite Runner (which I have read). I’ve heard it’s just as excellent as his first, and it’s one of the books I own and have not yet read because I tend to swim in unread books.

Find a book with a biracial protagonist.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I know I’ve mentioned this book a lot lately, but it fits this description. Maddy is the biracial protagonist, although race is not the focus of the novel, she does talk a bit about being biracial.

Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues. 

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

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I added this book to my to-read list a few months ago because it was on a video Jackson Bird posted of the best books he read last year (Jackson is the YouTuber who runs the Harry Potter Alliance channel and is transgender). Looking forward to this one, too!

Tag, you’re it:

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24 thoughts on “Diverse Books Tag

  1. Esther says:

    Thank you for tagging me! I’ve always wanted to do this tag!
    Also, Akata Witch is amazing. I had a lot of fun reading it, is so culturally reach. The setting (Nigeria) is so alive!

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  2. hermionefowl says:

    I’d only read one of the books you listed! I thought of some others that I’ve read that would fit, but I would have to do a lot of searching to finish this tag… Obviously I need to start reading way more diversely!

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  3. Elle @ Perusing Pages says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Everything, Everything because I know the author is Black or biracial so I figured she would have a Black/biracial main character as well. 😀 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has been on my radar as well.

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  4. Fatima @ NoteablePad says:

    I love this tag! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (I’ve seriously been neglecting tags this month) but everytime I see this tag, I get to put more books on my TBR. Thanks so much for the tag! 🙂

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  5. Amy @ inkyspells says:

    So glad you had a chance to do this tag! 🙂
    I’ve wanted to read The Reluctant Fundamentalist for a really long time, I have no idea why I haven’t yet. I’ve also heard amazing things about The Miseducation of Cameron Post!

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  6. Read Diverse Books says:

    Sorry I took so long to comment on your amazing post, but I’m here now, Emily!

    You listed so many books on my TBR or that I have read. So you must have amazing taste 😉
    I will be buying Everything, Everything very soon and also — I JUST added the Islands of Decolonial Love to a reading list I created because I still need to read more Indigenous writers.

    Thanks again for doing this tag!

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  7. Ravenclaw Book Club says:

    Sorry I’m only getting around to reading this now, I’m still on vacation! 😅
    I really need to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post, it’s really high up on my wishlist.
    I love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! I even got my brother to read it, who’s not a big reader. 😊

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