Celebrating diversity

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m listing books which celebrate various kinds of diversity. I’ve noted the type of diversity found in each book. Most of the books I’ve listed I’ve read. Those I haven’t read I own and hope to read one of these days.

I’ve added 11 books–the last one a memoir–Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

Kindred by Octavia Butler–fantasy/historical fiction

  • Dana is an African-American woman who is repeatedly pulled back in time to the antebellum south.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch–urban fantasy

  • Peter Grant is a black police constable in London.

Lock In by John Scalzi–Science Fiction Mystery

  • The main character is Chris Shane, a FBI agent and a Haden’s Syndrome survivor. The reader doesn’t find out if Chris is male or female, black or white. There is also rising feeling against the people who are disabled by Haden’s Syndrome.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin–Science Fiction

  • The human in the book is on a planet where the inhabitants can choose whether to be male or female.

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon–Science Fiction

  • Lou Arrendale has autism and is part of a lost generation. In the future genetic defects are removed at birth, but the people alive before that happened are the lost generation.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer—YA fantasy

  • Cinder is a cyborg and treated like a second class citizen. Much of the action takes place in China.

Moon Called by Patricia Brigg–urban fantasy

  • Mercy Thompson, the main character in this series is American Indian.


Skin Walkers by Tony Hillerman

  • American Indian police officer

Mandarin Plaid by S. J. Rozan

  • Chinese-American female private detective, much of the action in Chinatown in NYC

Historical Fiction

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldan

  • The book takes place in England in the mid 1700s at the beginning of the Seven Years War. Lord John Grey is the main character and a gay man in this historical fiction/mystery.


Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

  • This was first published in 1955 and is a collection of essays by James Baldwin about his experiences with race.

What are the books you think of which celebrate diversity?