Recommendations for… lesser-known diverse books

Happy Monday, everyone! Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. Today I’m doing recommendations for lesser-known diverse books!

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: Asian rep, mental health rep

This book has such an interesting exploration of suicide and so many other topics. It’s really good, and I highly recommend it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigeria rep, immigrant stories, mental health rep

Americanah is 100% a character-driven story, and the characters are really interesting. I cannot recommend it enough, tbh.

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon: learning disability, deaf rep

This book explores disabilities when they were looked down on in the US, and it’s heart-breaking but also wonderful.

Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang: Asian rep, immigrant stories

Hunger is one of the most poignant anthologies I’ve ever read. It was so interesting, and I wish everyone would read it.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi: white-passing story

Boy, Snow, Bird is about white-passing black people, and it’s so interesting. I had some issues with this book, but I still really enjoyed it and thought it was super interesting.

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So those are some diverse books I recommend that aren’t well known. Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do  you have any recommendations for lesser-known diverse books? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! xx

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9 thoughts on “Recommendations for… lesser-known diverse books

  1. I am always recommending Americanah when I can. Such a powerful story on immigration. Even though it’s fiction, I think people would understand a lot more about the immigration experience by reading this. Good list!

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  2. If you like fantasy, I can (highly) recommend The Harmatia Cycle by M. E. Vaughan. There are two books out at the moment (The Sons of Thestian, Blood of the Delphi) and they have a wide selection of LGBTQIA+ rep. It’s been about 18 months (or 150 books) since I read them, so I can’t remember if they have POC or disability rep, but I do remember they were just great fantasy novels.

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