Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.).” Now being a minority myself (Mexican-American, if you are curious), it’s hard to ignore the utter lack of PoC protagonists in literature. It’s even more difficult to find books that feature racial/ethnic minorities and are part of the genres I enjoy. You have no idea how frustrating it can be, but that’s a topic for another time (diversity is good and we need more of it!). But I have managed to come up with a list of books with PoC characters that I have read and enjoyed (most are four- or five-star books). Covers are linked to Goodreads.
Ten Books That Feature PoC Characters:
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer– takes place in New Beijing + Winter (the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles) will feature a black protagonist.
2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – main character is a member of a native tribe.
3. Sanctum by Sarah Fine – features a Latina protagonist.
4. In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey – the protagonist is biracial and there are also several characters who have a mixed heritage as well.
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – features a biracial main character (Korean/white).
6. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman – a unique spin on relations between white and black characters.
7. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan – another biracial protagonist (Japanese/white).
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – heavily influenced by Hispanic culture.
9. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace – this book has a lot of Brazilian/Portuguese influences.
10. Angelfall by Susan Ee – although the author has expressed that her protagonist’s race is up to the reader’s interpretation, I have always pictured Penryn as Asian.
Have you read any of these? Please share some of your own favorite books that feature PoC characters in the comments, so I can check them out and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post!