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Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Characters

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week it’s the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. All book covers from Goodreads. I’m not really sure if these books celebrate diversity, but they do feature diverse people and/or protagonists.

Top Ten Books Celebrating Diversity

1. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith


Neurodiversity: a man and his struggle with anxiety since adolescence.

2. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler


An African-American woman among aliens!

3. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


A study of non-neurotypical individuals.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon


Neurodiversity. Also a fantastic title.

5. Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh


Accepting artificial intelligence into human communities!

6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


Gender diversity. Also one of my favorite books.

7. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende


A Hispanic woman in the 19th century.

8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon


9. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn


Body diversity taken to an extreme. What does it mean to be a “freak?”

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Women in Afghanistan.

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  1. Literary Feline

    I came very close to including Middlesex on my list. And another of Hosseini’s books (The Kite Runner). I could probably have made a longer list, really. I remember reading Flowers for Algernon when I was in school. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is one I have read and really enjoyed. I haven’t read Daughter of Fortune, but I recently won a copy in a giveaway and am curious to read it. It sounds like it will be good.

    • Zed Amadeo

      I read Daughter of Fortune kind of randomly (I was on a trip and it was the only book available that I hadn’t already read) and it really took me by surprise. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Zed Amadeo

      Surprisingly enough, I actually read most of these before I declared Psychology! I think that was an early sign that Psychology was gonna be my major. I read Octavia E. Butler for a Science-Fiction class I took. Dawn was great! I want to read the rest of the series.

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