Top Ten Tuesday:Books That Celebrate Diversity

July 21, 2015
InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday, Broke and Bookish

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about diversity in books. Lack of Diversity continues to be a problem in the book world today.  As you can see in my side bar, I definitely believe we need more diverse books for the many readers out there, check out WeNeedDiverseBooks to get involved with the campaign. I'm going to highlight five of my favorites I've read and enjoyed.  The next five will be books that come highly recommended from friends, that I hope to read soon. The books highlighted feature diversity in a variety of ways.

InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday


1. Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) by Neal Shusterman 
There are a significant amount of racial minorities featured throughout the entire series. This is an awesome sci-fi series, that makes you think about how we value bodies in our society. 

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.


The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.


2.  Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler 
This involves a bad ass black girl trying to survive the end of the world who manages to gain a following and start a cult, yeah that good

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith. 

3. After the End by Amy Plum 
This is an awesome story about Juneau a teenager  from the Alaskan Wilderness, who knows magic and has psychic connections. Lots of action, humor and fun. 

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby has to survive the end of civilization, and along the way befriends a awesome black nerd named Chubs. This book is about children with superpowers who are imprisoned and hunted out of fear. The series features more characters as it goes along. 

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.


Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.



When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.



When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


5.Cinder by Marissa Meyers

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 



Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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6. Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent,” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too? 

7. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in: at home she's the perfect daughter, at school she's provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn't feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, orblacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can't be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother— and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she's ever known, and she knows that the black shadowy entity that's begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.

8. The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day,Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from  China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?

10. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.
 

Let me know if you read any of the books mentioned below!!

82 comments:

  1. I love The Darkest Minds! I can't believe I didn't think about Chubs, Zu, and Vida. Great list!

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

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  2. I loved Unwind and Cinder. I haven't read any of the others, but Chaos looks really good. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. I loved Unwind and Cinder. I haven't read any of the others, but Chaos looks really good. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Some of these I have read and really liked as well! I love the them this week, so much fun to see what everyone is listing down and to see some that I have read and agree with as well. Great list of books, I need to check the ones I haven't read out more for sure. :D

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  5. I loved the Unwind books (though still have the last two to finish eventually)! Good idea to put them on a list of diverse books, too, the unwinds are a very diverse lot.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by all of them definitely are

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  6. I really enjoyed Cinder, but haven't gotten the chance to read the rest in the series!

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    1. Ive only gotten through the first two, and some novellas inbetween, but I definitely want to get a lot further this year!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Haven't read any of these yet, but Cinder, After The End, and The Darkest Minds are on TBR, I hope I'll get around to reading them soon !

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    1. Yes definitely get to them , their great. Thanks for stopping by!!

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    2. Hey ! By the way, I nominated you for the Liebster Award ! You can check it out here https://bookpoisoning.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/liebster-award/#more-951

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  8. This is a great list! Some I am familiar with and others not so much, but they all sound good. Cinder is one I have been wanting to read for quite some time now. And Akata Witch is on my wish list. The Three Body Problem is another one I really want to read.

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  9. I own Cinder but haven't gotten round to reading it yet. Didn't consider it to be something that would be 'diverse' so you've piqued my interest in it again! Will have to pick it up when I get home - fab post :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

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    1. Definitely is, I believe setting is in a Asian country

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  10. I've never read the Earthseed books by Butler, but I've been told so many times I should!

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    1. There really unique and interesting, thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  11. I really need to start Cinder and The Darkest Minds. I've heard so many wonderful things about both of those series! Great list; thanks for stopping by my TTT. :)

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  12. I am intrigued by AKATA WITCH and now I want to see if my public library has it so I can check it out in person. Thanks for your varied list and for visiting my blog.

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  13. I have a good friend who is DYING for me to read Darkest Minds. It does sound good - sounds like I should move it up my list!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

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    1. Yes get to it asap, the subsequent books are just ok though in the series

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  14. You have some really interesting sounding books on your list! I'm definitely going to try and check some of them out. Thanks!

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    1. Definitely do!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  15. I am SO excited to see Unwind at number one oh my goodness, you have no idea how much I love that series! The Lost Girl has been on my TBR list for far too long, I need to read that soon! Also, this is my first time on your blog and I love it!!!

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    1. Thanks for all the compliments and I LOOVE Unwind too, so glad you do too!!

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  16. Ooh, some of these sound really interesting. I especially like the sound of The Chaos. Nice list!

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    1. Yes all of these I wish I could get too right away. Thanks for Stopping by!!

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  17. I had no idea that Cinder featured diversity. That series is on my TBR list, and I would love to read The House of the Scorpion.

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    1. It does, people overlook that part for the sci-fi elements. But its great. Thanks for Stopping By.

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  18. This is an amazing list! You've listed several that I've never heard of. I want Chaos like NOW. I also clearly need to read Unwinding.

    C.J.
    Sarcasm & Lemons

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    1. Yes please too, glad I can add tour never ending TBR list!!

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  19. Lots on here that I haven't yet read but I love the sound of so many of them! My to read list has just gotten a whole heap longer... Great choices!

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  20. Cinder is the only one on my TBR right now but will definitely be checking out a few of these. Greta list !

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    1. Thanks for stopping, by definitely give them a go

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  21. Great list - a few I've read, a few are new to me and books to look for.

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    1. Awesome, glad I could give you some recs, Thanks for stopping by!!

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  22. This topic is just adding to my infinite TBR list. The only book I've read on this list in Cinder and I was glad for the diversity the author incorporated into all her books.
    Great post ��.

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    1. Awesome glad I could spread the word about some awesome diverse books

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  23. Ooh, After the End sounds cool. For some reason I keep seeing Amy Plum's book/s and not actually reading the synopsis, haha. Also many thumbs up for Octavia Butler, love her work.

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    1. lol glad you got to it then, this the only one of her books that I read though

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  24. Great list! I've read Cinder and have a few of the others on my tbr, but I'll adding some of the new-to-me books to my list. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! :-)

    ~Marie @
    Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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  25. I haven't heard of a lot of these, but I'll be adding some of them to my TBR! I just reviewed After the End yesterday and really didn't enjoy it very much, but I do love The Lunar Chronicles!!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Aww sorry, it wasnt your cup of tea. I liked the premise more than anything else though

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  26. Great list! I haven't read any of them but some of them look really good - The Lost Girl sounds fantastic :)

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    1. Yes definitely check them out, and give at least one a try

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  27. I didn't even think about The Darkest Minds and Cinder. Great pics!

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    1. I think alot of people didnt, of just assumed a white MC means no other diversity. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  28. There are people who say Unwind is one of there favourite series I really need to check it out. I hadn't heard of a lot of the books on your list they all sound really interesting! Great list :)

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  29. You have quite a few books on this list that are on my to-read list: Cinder, House of the Scorpion, and The Three Body problem in particular. I haven't read Parable of the Sower, although I did have another Octavia Butler book on my list this week (Dawn). Did you know that Parable of the Sower was made into a musical?

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    1. WHATTTT, this comment has just made my life.Im definitely going to look more into it. Thanks for stopping by

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  30. I loved Unwind! I finally read Cinder recently and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I've seen The Lost Girl around a lot and I'm definitely interested in reading it. Awesome list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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    1. Yes I also been taking my time with the Lunar Chronicles, but soo much to read soo little time

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  31. I didn't think of Unwind or Cinder, but they're great choices, as is Akata Witch! The Lost Girl and The Three Body Problem look really interesting. And I really need to read Octavia Butler too. Great list! Thanks for stopping my TTT.

    Nicole @ Reading Books With Coffee

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  32. I recently finished "In the Afterlight" and I absolutely adored it. I can't believe I didn't think of "The Darkest Mind" trilogy when doing this week's meme. Love your list and thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier :)

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

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    1. So we differ in that regard, I thought it was just ok and a little disappointing. Thanks for stopping by

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  33. I've only read "Unwind" on your list and "Kindred." I have a love hate relationship with "Unwind." Good book but the premise is hard to wrap your mind around. I'm curious to check out the other books on your list. BTW I love your blog layout! Thanks for stopping by my TTT at:

    http://adreamfrommyheart.blogspot.com/2015/07/sharing-text-or-ten-books-that.html

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    1. The Unwind series gets better as it goes along, and thanks for the compliment. Glad you stopped by!!

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  34. I've only read The Darkest Minds from your list... I think I'll put the others on my tbr list.

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  35. Thanks for stopping by my blog, especially as it lead me to your epic list! I havn't read any of these but they are all sci-fi/dystopian which is the genres I am always looking for new books in. I have followed your blog and added most of these to my tbr list! Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks for following!!! I just followed back of GFC and Blogloving! Glad I could give you some great recs

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  36. Gah this is an awesome list. It's so easy to miss all the diversities mentioned in Fantasy books because they're just so extreme anyway! I want to read all of these!

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  37. YAY for diversity!!! I adored the Lunar Chronicles. I'm so enjoying this topic this week. :)

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  38. I love your list! There are many of these books I had never heard of before, but they all seem so great and interesting.

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  39. What an interesting list. Gotta add some of these to my to-read list.

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  40. I have recently picked up The House of the Scorpion so I'm glad to see it on your list!
    Great picks!
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

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    1. Awesome I feel like its a underhyped book,so I'll be happy when I'm able to read and review it on my blog

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  41. I haven't heard of it before, but Akata Witch sounds like a REALLY good book. I really liked Unwind, Cinder, and After the End. I've heard some great things about The Darkest Minds, and I want to get to that one sometime. :)

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