The Diverse Books Tag!

Now that I have been around the book blogging community long enough to have established my own platform, I feel it is time to create a book tag!

I generally avoid tags and memes, but I have participated in ones I found particularly interesting and allowed me to show off my book collection. Here are a few examples: Life In Books Tag and the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag.

The Rules

  1. Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  2. The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read. 
  3. If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community. 

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Update:

Check out the master post, where I compile the hundreds of book recommendations provided by bloggers who have done the Diverse Books Tag. Click here


Find a book starring a lesbian character.

Under the Udala Trees – by Chinelo Okparanta

Under The Udala Trees

An impressive debut novel that begins during the Biafran War and follows Ijeoma’s life in a society that rejects her authentic self. This is an important novel that lends its voice to Nigeria’s LGBT community. 

Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.

Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan – by Saadia Faruqi

Brick Walls

Brick Walls is a moving collection of stories with universal themes that reflect the tragedies, flaws, talents, hopes, and ambitions of Pakistan’s people. 

Find a book set in Latin America.

The Body Where I Was Born – by Guadalupe Nettel

the body where I was born

This novel is set in Mexico during the 70s and it tells the story of a young girl’s unconventional childhood that mirrors the author’s.

Find a book about a person with a disability.

Anything But Typical – by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything but typical by nora raleigh baskin

I have not read many books about people with autism, so I had to do a quick Google search. A few minutes in, I came across Anything But Typical, which sounds delightful. It explores online friendships and young people’s insecurities about fitting in. I’m sure many of us can relate. 

Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

Falling In Love With Hominids – by Nalo Hopkinson

Falling in love with hominids

This is a beautifully original collection of short stories with both sci-fi and fantasy elements. The variety of characters, narrative structures, and kinds of stories that Hopkinson included in 222 pages is staggering. If you love fantasy, you must read this book.

 

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

Fairy Tales For Lost Children – by Diriye Osman

Fairy Tales for lost children by diriye osman

Another short story collection! This one is about young, gay and lesbian Somalis. Darkowaa and Osondu completely sold me on this book. My birthday is coming up, so I will be adding this one to my birthday book haul. 

Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

All Our Relations: Native Struggles For Land and Life – by Winona LaDuke

All Our Relations

Look, it’s a nonfiction book! Yes, I do read them sometimes. Winona LaDuke is an environmental activist and here she writes about Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation.

Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).

And The Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed

I should have added Khaled Hosseini to my list of authors whose work I want to complete before I die. Everything he writes is golden. I hope he continues to bless us with his wonderful stories about the Afghan experience for many more decades.

Find a book with a biracial protagonist. 

The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones – by Dominic Carrillo

Paco Jones

Paco Jones is a half-Mexican teenager who loves The Beatles and Shakespeare. This sounds like fun and delightful YA fiction. 

Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues. 

Stone Butch Blues – by Leslie Feinberg

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

I admit to not having read any literature with trans characters or books about trans issues. I will fix that this year, hopefully very soon. Stone Butch Blues is my kind of novel – powerful, moving, dark, and very honest in its depiction of the lives of trans people. 

 


That wasn’t difficult at all! I had to search for a few books not in my collection, but that’s the purpose of the tag. I encourage everyone reading to do this tag and discover new books to add to their TBR piles.

More specifically, I’m going to tag 15 people to get started. Be sure to tag at least 5 other people if you do choose to participate. I want as many diverse books to be shared and recommended as possible. Spread the word!

Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – I know you love tags. :]

Janani @ The Shrinkette 

Bina @ If You Can Read This – You can use Instagram 

Sharlene @ Real Life Reading

Beth @ The Books Are Everywhere 

Darcy @ Days & Mays

Demelza @ Books ft. Politics

Chelsea @ The Globally Curious

Vijayalakshmi @ The Reading Desk

Silicon @ Silicon of the Internet

Cinderzena @ Cinderzenablogs

Jupiter @ Building Diverse Bookshelves

Lady Disdain @ Lady Disdain Notes

Sabeena @ The Poco Book Reader


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44 thoughts on “The Diverse Books Tag!

  1. Thanks for creating a great tag and post – I think you’ve opened-up the “diversity” label in such a way that by using your list of 10 criteria anyone can read more richly! Also I’ve been having difficulty leaving comments on some of your previous posts so I hope this one makes it through:)

    1. Oh, I’m sorry about the trouble! But I’m glad this one made it through 🙂
      I really do want people to read diversely as possible and experience all the stories of the world. The possibilities are endless!

  2. THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING TAG. The title already got me super excited, and then I read the whole post and was like YES! I also thought, I don’t care if I was tagged or not, I’m doing this. And then I saw you tagged me! Thank you. 😊

  3. This is a wonderful tag! I hadn’t heard of Brick Wall before. It looks great! I’ll also have to look into Fairytales for Lost Children. I’m a Somali/Yemeni, though I can’t say I’ve read any Somali literature. Hosseini is a great author, I completely agree! 🙂

    1. I think you should try to find at least one Somali book this year! I will be sure to let you know when my review for Fairytales for Lost Children is up.
      I hope you consider doing this tag, if you find the time. 🙂

        1. Fatima, Ive done a couple of reviews of Somali lit on my blog and can give you plenty more recs if you’d like. my kids are half Somali/Yemeni too so I’m always reading books that I hope to pass on to them one day as I feel its so important to see themselves in books. ps Naz this is a really good tag, I would do them mre often if they were all this great! 🙂 x

          1. Oh wow, that would be great! I’ll look for the reviews 🙂 I’ve read poems by Somali poets, but not books. I have so many questions for you! The only Somali/Yemenis I know are family, so our experiences are the same. Have you read any literature from Yemen?

  4. Oooh, this is a great tag. It’s making me realize how much more I could expand my boundaries re my reading. There’s always ways you can diversify. Thanks for this Naz, can’t wait to get started on my post.

    1. Having truly and literally “diverse” reading habits is such a rewarding experience.
      I hope you can find interesting books to add to your TBR if they aren’t already in your collection.

  5. You know me too well Nazi 😉 Haha! Thanks so much for the tag. This is such a wonderful idea. I am quite ashamed that I haven’t read many books that fit the categories, but finding new books is my favourite thing ever so I’m really excited to discover new ones and broaden my reading and even give people possible new books to add to their TBRs! I’m definitely gonna check out a bunch of the books you mentioned.

    1. Yes, you can add more categories if you wish! But be sure to specify that they are extra, so that the people you tag don’t feel obligated to do more. I think 10 is a good number. I certainly did have plenty more in mind! haha, but I didn’t want to overwhelm people.

      And yes, you can have more than one in each category if you wish.
      I love your enthusiasm. 😀

  6. Everyone else has already said it, but this is a great idea for a a tag! I’m hoping to do it too, but all blogging activities seem to be slow over here right now, so it might not be done right away. In the meantime, I will start making a list – that part’s the most fun! 🙂

  7. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I am going to ‘tag myself’ and do this as a challenge to find an array of diverse books to put on my list for the year. Maybe I’ll do a two-column – what I’ve read, what I want to read for each (with hopefully no blanks for the first category…).
    Keep up the awesomeness Naz.

  8. If you can tag a native person by his/her tribe, for example Ojibwe, that’s even better. While many people use the term “Native Indian,” we’re not talking about people from India. It’s a misnomer that folks in the U.S. still use.

    1. I haven’t seen the term “Native Indian” used very much. I have seen negative reactions to “Native American” , and a better reception to “American Indian” (which is what I used). I used the latter because I have seen more acceptance for it in the Native populations, and it was even agreed upon by indigenous Americans at an international conference at the United Nations in 1977. I do know that some people are still oppose to it, but it is a term that is easy to understand. Do you think I should change it to something else?

      1. As I mentioned, tribes are quite different from one another, especially since the United States is such a big place, thus a tribal name is more specific. It’s true that Native American, Native Indian, and Indian all cause problems for various groups, so it’s a tough one! If readers can’t find a tribal name, it’s been suggested that readers should call the author whatever her/she calls him/herself.

        1. Yeah, it’s a tough one. Our need for catch-all umbrella terms can prove to be problematic sometimes. I do understand and respect that.

          Personally, I have never had any problems being called Hispanic or Latino, despite the individual identities and cultures that fit within the term being vastly different.

          I’ll add a modifier to the category.

          1. I met a guy who was from Mexico who did not want to be called Mexican. He wanted to be identified with his heritage/tribe because he didn’t want to be identified with the Spanish colonizing the place.

      2. Here are some author descriptons that I found that I think are interesting!

        Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author…
        (tribe and “Native American”)

        Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is an American poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry of several tribes, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation…
        (notice American comes before any tribal identity)

        Leslie Marmon Silko is a Laguna Pueblo writer…
        (no mention of America at all)

        Louise Erdrich is an Ojibwe writer…
        (again, no mention of America)

        Joy Harjo is a Mvskoke poet, musician, and author…
        (another one with no mention of America)

        This is an interesting topic; thanks for making me think about it more through this discussion!

  9. Haha snort, thanks so much for letting me be a special snowflake and do my instagram thing! 😀
    I am slightly terrified of this tag since it looks like I’ll be adding ALL the books to my tbr just when I have to stick to my exam reading!
    All look amazing but I think I really need to read Brick Walls, sounds fantastic. Off to find my lesbian book, thanks so much for the tag!

  10. I really loved this! It made me realize how much I lack diversity in my books, honestly I can’t think of a book about a trans person. Several movies come to mind, but not any books. Same goes for a fantasy book with a POC protagonist. I’m going to have to find some. Thanks for giving me some new ideas!

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