Weekend Rambling is where I discuss/rant/ramble about random things, bookish or non-bookish alike. Everyone's welcome to share their thoughts!
Happy weekend, everyone! Today's topic is inspired by Marie Long's debut novel, Scarred, which I recently read and reviewed here on the blog. This post isn't actually about the book itself, but about a theme that I find common in a lot of novels today:
So I said that I got the idea for this post from Scarred. Actually, it's more from my frustration that this book's cover suggests interracial romance yet I didn't read anything in the book that says so. As I've mentioned in my review, "And here I am waiting for diverse characters." Totally quoting myself here!
And how do we define diverse books? According to DiversifYA, diverse experiences includes, but is not limited to: "racial diversity; cultural and religious diversity; sexuality and gender diversity; disability, neurodiversity, and (mental) illness."
Looking back to the books I read these past years, these are the ones that contain some level of diversity:
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
I've always found diversity in books, especially in YA, really interesting. It's nice to read about characters that are different from the usual. We always get the American or British kids, and I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. I love them just the same. But once in a while, I like reading books with, say, a Chinese or a Mexican or an African character. For one, I love the infusion of culture and language. And these characters make the story more colorful. Same with LGBT. I think gays and lesbians offer a different perspective, and they're often great friends. I love their sense of humor, their quirky personality. It's just so refreshing to see these kinds of characters in books. Even mental and physical disorders make the characters more relatable and human. And these people exist in real life. We live in a diverse world. Diverse people are everywhere so why not write about
I'm always on the lookout for good books with diversity and so far, these are the ones on my TBR pile:
Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan
On a side note, here are some websites that support and celebrate diverse books: