The Ultimate Diverse Reading List: Over 300 Book Recommendations!

I created the Diverse Books Tag to promote as many diverse books as possible in the book blogging community. Making a list may seem like a minor and insignificant thing, but it really does matter. If one reader discovered a book that she would otherwise not have seen anywhere else, then these diverse reading lists were worth it. If even one book blogger who participated examined her reading habits and acknowledge that it lacked diversity, then these lists definitely mattered.

Some people were able to write extensive and very impressive lists of the books they have read. Others relied on finding books that they wanted to read to create their lists. Both strategies are perfectly valid. What matters is that we continue to read the stories of marginalized people and that we remind one another that reading these stories is important. It’s also personally rewarding, intellectually fulfilling, and fun!

I have compiled as many of the Diverse Books Tag posts as I could find. For each one, I have linked to the blogger’s original post. I sampled one book from the blogger’s reading list, providing the book cover and a link to the book’s Goodreads page in the title. 

There are over 300 book recommendations below! 

This is the ultimate diverse reading list compilation. Bookmark it and share it with anyone who is interested in reading diversely!

To everyone who participated — thank you so much for your support in uplifting narratives that are often overlooked. I will personally continue to work tirelessly to revolutionize reading culture. Perhaps one day diverse reading habits will be the norm and we will no longer have to use such a term. I know those are lofty goals, but a boy’s gotta dream, right? 


The Ultimate Diverse Reading List

 

The Devourers

 

Vijayalakshmi @ The Reading Desk

The Devourers – by Indra Das

(A Science Fiction of Fantasy book with a POC protagonist)

 

 

The Swan Book -by Alexis Wright

 

Ryy @ Dembooksdoee

The Swan Book – by Alexis Wright

(A book written by an Indigenous or Native author)

 

 

Love in a headscarf by shelina Zahra Janmohamed

 

Cinderzena @ Cinderzenablogs

Love in a Headscarf – by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

( A book with a Muslim protagonist)

 

 

 

The hero's walk by anita rau badami

Naomi @ Consumed By Ink

The Hero’s Walk – by Anita Rau Badami

(A book set in South Asia)

 

 

 

A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman

Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa

A Time To Dance – by Padma Venkatraman

(A book about a person with a disability)

 

 

 

the summer prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Heather @ Based On a True Story

The Summer Prince – by Alaya Dawn Johnson

(A book set in Latin America)

 

 

 

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

 

Reg @ She Latitude

Not If I See You First – by Erc Lindstrom

(A book about a person with a disability)

 

 

Everything, Everything by NIcola Yoon

 

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon

(A book with a biracial protagonist)

 

 

The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

 

Vicky @ Books and Strips

The Silence of the Rain – by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

(A book set in Latin America)

 

 

 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

Wendy @ what the log

Purple Hibiscus – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(A book set in any country in Africa)

 

 

To all the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han

 

Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – by Jenny Han

(A book with a biracial protagonist)

 

 

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

 

Jenny @ Reading The End

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – by Ambelin Kwaymullina

(A Science Fiction of Fantasy book with a POC protagonist)

 

ANNiE JOHN by Jamaica Kincaid

 

Anette @ Anette Reads

Annie John – by Jamaica Kincaid

(A book set in Latin America)

 

 

sorcerer to the crown by zen cho

 

Silicon @ Silicon of the Internet

Sorcerer to the Crown – by Zen Cho

(A book with a biracial protagonist)

 

 

midnight taxi tango by daniel jose older

 

Gia @ G. Jack Writes

Midnight Taxi Tango – by Daniel Jose Older

(A Science Fiction of Fantasy book with a POC protagonist)

 

 

sofia khan is not obliged by ayisha malik

 

Amy @ Inky Spells

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – by Ayisha Malik

(A book with a Muslim protagonist)

 

 

Tone deaf by Olivia Rivers

 

Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions

Tone Deaf – by Olivia Rivers

(A book about a person with a disability)

 

 

the root by Na’amen Tilahun

 

The Twinjas! @ Twinja Book Reviews

The Root – by Na’amen Tilahum

(A Science Fiction of Fantasy book with a POC protagonist)

 

 

rubyfruit jungle by Rita Mae Brown

 

Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club

Rubyfruit Jungle – by Rita Mae Brown

(A book starring a lesbian character)

 

 

 

Marcelo in the real world

 

Amal @ The Misfortune of Knowing

Marcelo in the Real World – by Francisco X. Stork

(A book about a person with a disability)

 

 

roller girl by vanessa north

 

The Book Voyagers

Roller Girl – by Vanessa North

(A book about transgender character or about transgender issues)

 

 

the queen of water by Laura Resau, María Virginia Farinango

 

Zaheerah @ Zaheerah Khalik

The Queen of Water – by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Firanango

(A book set in Latin America)

 

 

redefining realness by Janet Mock

 

Sabeena @ Thepocobookreader

Redefining Realness – by Janet Mock

(A book about with a transgender protagonist or about transgender issues)

 

 

Throne of the Crescent Moon

 

Sharlene @ Real Life Reading

Throne of the Crescent Moon – by Saladin Ahmed

(A book with a Muslim protagonist)

 

 

Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Rivera

 

Lady Disdain @ Lady Disdain Notes

Juliet Takes a Breath – by Gabby Rivera

(A book starring a lesbian character)

 

 

The Hairdresser of Harare

 

Jupiter @ Building Diverse Bookshelves

The Hairdresser of Harare – by Tendai Huchu

(A book set in or about any country in Africa)

 

 

Ms. Marvel

 

Heather @ Feminism in Cold Storage

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 – by G. Willow Wilson / Adrian Alphona

(A book with a Muslim protagonist)

 

 

You know me well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

 

Julia @ LibroLiv

You Know Me Well – by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

(A book with a lesbian character)

 

 

Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson

 

Emily @ Rose Read

Islands of Decolonial Love – by Leanne Simpson

(A book written by an Indigenous or Native author)

 

 

Blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh

 

Melanie @ Grab The Lapels

Blue is the Warmest Color – by Julie Maroh

(A book starring a lesbian character)

 

 

The Colossus by Raynjini Iyer

 

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

The Colossus – by Ranjini Iyer

(A Book set in South Asia)

 

 

George by Alex Gino

 

Wendy @ Falconer’s Library

George – by Alex Gino

(A book about a transgender character or about transgender issues)

 

 

Moonshoot: the indigenous comics collection: by hope nicholson

 

Chelsea @ The Globally Curious

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection – by Hope Nicholson

(A book written by an Indigenous/Native author)

 

 

 

The association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

The Association of Small Bombs – by Karan Mahajan

(A book set in South Asia)

 

 

 

Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

Love @ Politics, Polymers, & Pretty Dresses

Things Fall Apart – by Chinua Achebe

(A book set in or about any country in Africa)

 

 

 

Oranges are not the only fruit

 

AJ @ Read All The Things!

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit – by Jeanette Winterson

(A book starring a lesbian character)

 

 

 

Beneath the lion's gaze by maaza mengiste

 

Cee Arr @ Diary of a Reading Addict

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

(A book set in any country in Africa)

 

 

And I Darken by Kiersten White

 

Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

And I Darken – by Kiersten White

(A book with a Muslim protagonist)

 

 

Being jazz by jazz jennings

 

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile

Being Jazz – by Jazz Jennings

(A book about a transgender character or about transgender issues)

 

 

 

Will be linking only to blog posts going forward. The list is already huge!

Each link has 10 MORE recommendations.

Sarah @ Freadom Library

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Crystal @ Reading Through Life

Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros

April @ The Fourth Month

Casey @ adaoptabookaus

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

Ely @ Tea and Titles

Kristy @ Kristy’s Book Reviews

Rachel @ The Lone Bear Book Club

Kirstine @ Thoughts In Purple

The Orang-utan Librarian

Bina @ WOCreads

Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess


If you have done the Diverse Books Tag but are not listed here, please let me know in the comments and I will add you. I want this list to GROW even longer. 

If you have not yet done the tag, then please consider yourself tagged and get to it!

The original post is here –> Diverse Books Tag


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54 thoughts on “The Ultimate Diverse Reading List: Over 300 Book Recommendations!

  1. Awesome! Thank you for this compilation Naz! I’m sure it’s going to be very useful to a lot of people 😊

  2. *TBR expands until there IS NOTHING LEFT BUT BOOKS IN THIS WORLD* Lol. 😉 I’ll have to give this tag a try when I have the time (in between all of the digging through my TBR that I’ll be doing) XD

  3. Oh my god, Naz. This is AMAZING. I’m actually going to bookmark this and go through it all on the weekend. I’m so excited! Judging by the quick scroll I did there’s a few books that are already on my TBR, but I can’t wait to add to it.

    I’m also hoping to post my Diverse Tag post soon!

  4. This list is amazing and the original tag is amazing 🙂 Naz your work in creating these lists and linking all the amazingly diverse reads is so appreciated I’m so happy that nearly all of these are on my tbr (most are there because of The Diverse Reads Tag) and I can’t wait to read them in the new year. Now to go check out everyone elses tags and recs 😀

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