Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Diverse Main Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s theme is basically anything to do with characters! You can put any spin on it that you’d like and I decided to do diverse characters since we could always use more diverse book recommendations, am I right? The characters I’m including are diverse in ethnicity and sexuality and there’s also some mental illness rep here as well.

I’m slowly working my way through the diverse books on my TBR but putting this list together has made me realize I really need to read more of them faster!

These are in no particular order and I will link each book title to my full review in case you’re interested!

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This book has a Latino main character who also happens to be a bruja (witch) and when she seeks to rid herself of her power she ends of losing her family and to find them again she must enter a magical realm to save them. This is a very creative and magical book, highly recommended for Halloween coming up too!

Want by Cindy Pon

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book I did still enjoy it and it’s diverse cast of characters (mostly Taiwanese) and Pon’s tackling of many big issues such as global warming, pollution, and poverty within the plot line. Still a very interesting book even though the pacing was a little off for me.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

While this isn’t the most diverse book on this list it still includes a really adorable F/F romance between the main character and another side character, I don’t want to give it away. This is a Snow White retelling that really delves into new representations of “Snow White and the Evil Queen” in a very unique way.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

This is a very underrated book that’s set in a steampunk Victorian London with a gay main character who falls in love with a clock tower’s spirit. It’s so incredibly adorable and heart warming! Plus it’s something I’ve never seen done before!

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Cat Winters is an incredible writer and her books should be in the lime light a lot more than they are! This book deals with a biracial girl in the 1920’s dealing with racism and hate crimes who is starting to suspect her father’s death wasn’t an accident. There is also the inclusion of a gay character dealing homophobia and hate crimes as well. This is said to be a sort of retelling of “Hamlet” and there is a bit of the paranormal in the plot as well.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Probably the most diverse book included on this list! We have bisexual characters, gay characters, characters of different ethnic backgrounds, characters with mental illness or other disabilities. Everything is also handled and represented incredibly well due to it being an #OwnVoices book and I personally can speak for the anxiety rep as well. There is so much adorableness and so many heart warming moments as well, overall fantastic book full of diversity!

A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A story with a M/M romance and the characters both think the other doesn’t love them back, but it’s also full of some crazy shenanigans and a trip across Europe. You’ll ship these two so hard, trust me!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

This was a huge surprise to me, I found it way more enjoyable than I had originally anticipated! This is what I wanted “Throne of Glass” to be, full of violence and a main character who isn’t afraid to show their skill and do anything it takes to win. The main character is also gender fluid!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Pretty sure everyone’s heard of this one by now! This is a fantastic story with a very powerful plot which includes an African American girl as our wonderful main character who is dealing with the aftermath of a police officer shooting her unarmed friend. As I said it’s incredibly powerful and so well written, I highly recommend reading it.

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

The main character of this book is Welsh Romani (which we definitely do not get to see very often in books at all) and is studying herbcraft (and hopefully witchcraft) under her Gran. However, her and her friend are brutally assaulted and in order to save his life she must harvest body parts from the boys who did it. I recommend checking out my trigger warnings in my review before reading this one.

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

Do you have any of these on your TBR?

What are some of your favorite books with diverse characters?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Diverse Main Characters

  1. TheQuirkyBookNerd September 26, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Great picks, Heather! There’s a bunch on here that I want to read soon! I love seeing that diverse characters are being used more frequently these days! Great post! 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks Ari!
      It is great to see so many more diverse books and I love recommending them! There are a TON more on my TBR though, hopefully I can get to more soon! 🙂

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  2. Susan September 26, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    My youngest is adopted and bi-racial, so I’m always on the look out for books with African-American or mixed characters. She gets SO excited when she sees someone who looks like her on the cover of a book 🙂

    Happy TTT!


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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      That’s amazing, there definitely are more and more diverse books coming out. I highly recommend The Hate U Give though! 🙂


  3. coffeelovingbookoholic September 27, 2017 / 1:46 am

    great list! 🙂
    i have only read “the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue” and “the hate you give”. i loved “the hate you give” but TGGTVAV could have been more in my opinion! i couldn’t really connect with monty… 😦

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks! Sorry you didn’t enjoy TGGRVAV that much but glad to hear you loved THUG, it really is a fantastic book! Hopefully they do a great job with the movie! 🙂

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  4. ambiammonia385 September 27, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I’ve always wanted to read a Cindy Pon book and Labyrinth Lost has always caught my eye… Good choices though, I’m always on the lookout for something new 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thank you! Want by Cindy Pon was getting so much attention so I had to give it a try, I’d recommend checking it out same with Labyrinth Lost which was just excellent and a lot of fun! 🙂


  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) September 27, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Great picks for this week Heather. 🙂 I definitely agree that Timekeeper is such an underrated book, I really loved it and wish more people would discover how amazing it is as well.
    I’ve actually read a fair few of these; The Hate U Give and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue are two of my favourite reads of this year so far! 😀

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you Beth!
      You’re one of the only other people I’ve seen read and review Timekeeper, it really deserves more attention! It’s just so adorable!
      THUG and Guide were both five star reads for me and some of my favorites of the year as well! 🙂

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  6. Michelle September 27, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Great list, Heather 🌸
    Yay for Queens of Geek and Labyrinth Lost; both were amazing books with amazing diverse characters! I would love to still read The Hate U Give and Want before the end of the year!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek October 2, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Michelle!
      So glad you loved both Queens of Geek and Labyrinth Lost they really are amazing books and there is so much diversity in Queens of Geek!
      I’d LOOOOOVE to see what you think of THUG I just know you’ll love that one, Want was a little in the middle for me but I hope you enjoy it more! 🙂

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  7. Michelle September 27, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Great List, Heather 🌸
    Yay for Queens of Geek and Labyrinth Lost; both amazing books with amazing diverse characters. I still really want to read The Hate U Give and Want before the end of the year!

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