Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. I could mention so many wonderful books that do this, so it’s been incredibly hard to narrow it down!

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book has diverse characters and deals with suicide. I was absolutely blown away by this book, especially the ending. Oh my goodness!

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

There is a big secret involved in this story, but I don’t want to give it away. You’ll just have to read it to see why it’s got diverse characters!

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

This book features a wonderful character who goes through so much and grows massively throughout the course of the story. I will always recommend this book!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

This is another diverse and bloomin’ wonderful book. It revolves around an inter-sex character.

Gracefully Grayson- Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson

A beautiful story which deals with prejudice and ignorance!

The Art of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

This book was recommended to me by several trusted book bloggers. I could see why. I think it’s a fabulously diverse book which has a transgender character at the heart of the story.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I absolutely adored this book. The main protagonist is dealing with serious issues. It’s so well written!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book deals with mental health/suicide in an incredibly raw, honest manner.

She Is Not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick’s book has a character who is living without sight. I think this is a beautifully written book.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

This book involves race and LGBT. It’s wonderful.

What are your Top Ten books with diverse characters/diversity? Feel free to leave a link to your top ten post and I’ll stop by!

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Love Hurts

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK

Synopsis:

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Thoughts:

I was SO excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed when I got to it. I thought that this book was going to be original stories from some authors that I loved. There are some great original stories in there, but they’re few and far between. What I actually found was that I skipped a lot of these stories- either because I had read them already and didn’t feel like reading them again…or I have the full book waiting to be read and I didn’t want it to spoil it.

I don’t want to put people off this book though as the extracts from the authors I love like Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are such high quality writing- it’s just not what I wanted from this collection of short stories. James Dawson’s original story is good and well worth reading.

This book would be perfect for those wanting to dip into some of these author’s writing or to read the original content that there is. I love the range of diversity there is within this collection.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Some good original content, but don’t expect to go into the book with fresh, new material from all of the authors! 

British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

She Is Not Invisible

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented.

Her secret: she is blind.

But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

Thoughts:

I have wanted to read something by Marcus Sedgwick for a while now, so I decided to pick up She Is Not Invisible. I’m glad I decided to read it, because I thought it was an incredibly quick, engaging read with a great message.

She Is Not Invisible centres around Laureth Peak and her seven-year-old brother Benjamin. Laureth and Benjamin, plus Benjamin’s toy raven Stan are at Heathrow airport waiting to board a plan to New York to find their father. It should be an easy thing to do, but it’s not easy for Laureth. Laureth is blind and has to rely on Benjamin to lead the way. Their father has always taught them to look for patterns and connections to answer puzzles, but Laureth can’t find the answer to the puzzle of her father! She’s not sure why he is in America when he should be in Europe. She’s not sure why he’s not answering his phone. So Laureth decides to take her brother to New York to find him.

I thought She Is Not Invisible was a good story about a protagonist that we don’t often read about attempting to find a loved one. Marcus Sedgwick’s writing is beautiful. It was easy to build the atmosphere and go on a very unusual journey. I loved how because the main character was blind, we were able to learn about the world in terms of the sound, feel and smells. The story is also based around Laureth and Benjamin’s father’s obsession with patterns and coincidences. It was definitely an interesting way to look at the world.

I think She Is Not Invisible works because it crosses so many genres, it’s not just a young adult read. It’s also got elements of mystery and philosophy too. I loved our main characters, they were so easy to love and root for.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A sweet, engaging young adult read that easily crosses over to other genres!

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!