Top Ten: Books That Celebrate Diverse Characters

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters.

I’m not sure that these ten books really “celebrate” diversity as much as they predominately feature non-white characters/poc without making a huge deal about said non-whiteness. Whether in the US or abroad, here are ten novels that at least let readers peak into what it’s like to not be the default standard for protagonists.


House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi


Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Five Favorite: Speculative Fiction

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

For me, the best speculative fiction asks just one “what if?” question and spirals off from there – everything in the novel that seems a bit off can be tied to that one break from our reality. Here are my five favorite.

ForTheWinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow: What if part of the world’s economy ran on virtual currency?

LambLamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore: What if Jesus Christ had a best friend who didn’t make it into the bible?


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: What if disease had been eradicated?

ThePassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin: What if humans could contract vampirism virally?

TheRebelThe Rebel by Jack Dann: What if James Dean hadn’t died in a car crash in 1955?

Have your own five favorite speculative fiction novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!