Top Ten: Books that Were Enough

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a freebie! Below are ten books that were made into movies but the book was just, like, so meh that I couldn’t bear to watch the film.

Austenland by Shannon Hale // A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron // Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer // House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III // Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // One Day by David Nicholls // One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey // The Road by Cormac McCarthy // The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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.

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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

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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