Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week I’m talking about some of the more diverse books I have read–books that celebrate diversity through characters, plot, and themes.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio // This is one of my recent favorite reads. Seriously, if you haven’t read it, check it out! It follows the experiences of August Pullman–a boy with an extreme facial deformity–as he attends public school for the first time. I love the multiple narrators and the lessons about friendship and accepting yourself.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett // One of my favorite all time reads. This popular novel teaches the importance of treating all people, regardless of color, as people and as equals. I love that.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale // This fantasy novel is a delightful read! It follows the experiences of Ani as she leaves her homeland and travels to a distance kingdom to marry their crown prince. Along the way, she learns the importance of friendship and language–no matter where you come from.
The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott // One of my favorite reads in my college coursework. Scott is the master of the Scottish novel. This one explores the relationships between Scotland and England, sisters and their father, and love and lose. It’s a big novel but also a beautiful one.
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev // I’ve come to love Russian literature over the years. This was my first exposure to it. This novel explores the ways education and growing up change the way we relate to our parents. Of course, it is set in Russia and explores some of the political changes happening during that time. A very intriguing read.
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgsen Burnett // I love that this story shows the importance of friendship for everyone, especially for children (no matter their backgrounds, ability, or health). I also love that it also teaches that friendship can cure the pains that ail us most.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick // I’ve referenced this book before. It follows two friends (both with a disability that could define them) and shows how they chose to see the world in a different way.
And a few diverse books on my list to read:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Life of Pi by Yann Martel