The Diverse Books Tag

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I was planning on scheduling this post for a couple of weeks away, but with everything that’s happened lately I decided now was an extremely important time to help promote diverse books.

I’m not sure what to say about the US election results. As a white woman with privilege I feel shattered so I can not imagine what POCs/Muslims in the US and world wide are feeling. I’m also thinking of my fellow LBGTQIA+ community members. I’m so, so sorry this happened and I would have given anything to take the place of someone who didn’t vote or who put in a fake vote. My heart hurts because I knew there were some awful people in the world, but I ignorantly had no idea just how many. I’m thousands and thousands of miles away, but I will be fighting along side you all as much as I possibly can.

Also, white people – WE helped caused this. Don’t forget that. It’s time for us, now more than ever, to shut up and listen when POC are speaking to us. For example, If they say a book is racist – it’s racist. The end.

I’m here if anyone needs to talk/shout/cry.

Anyway! I was tagged by the amazing Naz @ Read Diverse Books and Reg @ She Latitude. Go check out their posts and blogs because they’re INCREDIBLE.

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  • Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  • The Diverse Books Tagis 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.
  • 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.

Find a book starring a lesbian character

juliet-takes-a-breath-by-gabby-riveraJuliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera [TBR]

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

I’m so ashamed with myself for not having read ANY books that focus around a lesbian relationship. I’ve heard so many amaizng things about this book and I hope I can get to it soon!

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Find a book with a Muslim protagonist

ms-marvel-vol-1-by-g-willow-wilsonMs. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (writer) & Adrian Alphona (art) [★★★★★]

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American. As well as your normal superhero going ons you also see Kamala address her Muslim faith. It’s not ignored. This is such a great place to start reading if you’ve never read comics before. It’s super fun, full of important issues and diverse characters. G. Willow Wilson is also Muslim.

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Find a book set in Latin America

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry.pngA Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry [★★★★★]

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

This was one of my favourite reads this year.This book is set in Puerto Rico and everything is so rich and alive. It’s full of culture and legends. The setting honestly feels like a character of its own. This book is magical realism and very vague and open ended, but done in the best way because everything comes full circle. Think The Raven Cycle meets Poison Ivy. Lucas is also biracial and white passing, but acknowledges his privilege.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.pngLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova [★★★★]

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

This book isn’t technically set in Latin America, but is set in Los Lagos which is an underworld type place rich in Latinx culture. I loved the world and magic in this. Alex is also bisexual.

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Find a book about a person with a disability

(I hope it’s okay to class mental illness as a disability. I’ve always assumed it is, but if I’m wrong please correct me!)

Edit: I definitely see how mental and physical disabilities are different. Since I want this post to be as inclusive as possible I’ll be adding a book with representation for a physical disability too.

wonder-by-r-j-palacioWonder by R.J. Palacio [TBR]

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book. It’s apparently heartbreaking, but really important. I keep seeing it at my local Target so I need to pick it up!

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.pngThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher [★★★★★]

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I know a lot of people HATE this book, but it’s one of my favourites. I feel like society often doesn’t want to acknowledge the darker side of mental illness. When we start getting TOO REAL with how we’re feeling people suddenly don’t want to know or they start throwing out the “stop romanticising mental illness” line. I know people think Hannah was selfish and hurt people, but guess what? That’s what happens when you’re suicidal. I have lost so many friendships because I have done some awful things because of my mental illnesses. It is not an excuse, but we can’t just pretend it doesn’t exist. I think it’s important to note how one thing that is seemingly small to others can eventually domino and be huge especially with how often “kill yourself” is thrown around as an insult these days. Despite being published almost 10 years ago, this book is still extremely relevant.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.pngThe Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky [★★★★★]

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Again, another one that people either seem to hate or love. For me, however, this was a book that I connected to on so many levels. I hate that it’s banned in some schools because like I say every time I talk about this book it should be required reading for teens. This is one of the most accurate representations of anxiety and what it’s like to be introverted that I’ve seen (so far). Not to mention it also deals with PTSD.

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

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey.pngThe Blazing Star by Imani Josey [Currently Reading]

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

I’m currently buddy reading this atm with Sara @ Freadom Library. It’s started promisingly. I’ve always wanted more YA books set in Ancient Egypt and knowing this has a cast of pretty much all POC characters makes it even better. Not to mention can we talk about how stunning the cover is?

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

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.pngHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi [★★★★★]

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I have never been more thankful to read a book. I can’t express how beautiful, honest and eye opening this book is. I learnt so much. Please, please, please read this if you haven’t.

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Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author

Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara.pngRabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington & Nugi Garimara [TBR]

Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.

The girls headed for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretched over 1,000 miles through the desert toward their home. Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers. Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.

This was an extremely traumatic and horrifying part of Australia’s history and it definitely doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I’m hoping to read this soon. I can not imagine what it must have been like for these young girls.

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

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.pngThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi [★★★★]

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…


But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Whilst I didn’t enjoy the romance in this, the writing is absolutely stunning. It’s rich in Indian culture and mythology.

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Find a book with a biracial protagonist

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han .pngTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han [TBR]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

This isn’t normally a book I’d read because I’m not a romance-contemporary fan, but I love that this features a biracial MC instead of your typical White MC. I’m also suuper curious about the hype.

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Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues

Edit: I was just informed that my previous choice The Art of Being Normal has transphobic elements. I’m really sorry if anyone was hurt by reading the summary.

when-the-moon-was-ours-by-anna-marie-mclemoreWhen the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

I haven’t read a book that focuses on transgender issues/people/characters, which I’m also really ashamed about. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book so hopefully I can get to it soon! It’s also magical realism, which YES!!!

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(Like always if you’ve done this already or don’t do tags feel free to ignore this ♥)

Puput @ Sparkling LettersSammie @ Bookshelves & BirosEsther @ Chapter Adventures • Vivian @ Inked In Pages • Casey @ Adoptabookaus + everyone else who wants to do it! I highly encourage everyone to search for diverse reads.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts and any recs you have for diverse reads.

I hope you’re all having as good a day as you can considering everything.

P.S. My giveaway is being extended until 15 NOV! Don’t forget to enter HERE. If you haven’t already.

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63 thoughts on “The Diverse Books Tag

      1. I do understand where your coming from with mental health being a disability and i guess it can be classed as that. Its just something ive never heard before. Totally respect your opinion though didnt mean any hate. Xxx ❤

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  1. Lauren thanks for your kind words! You had some really great choices here. Thirteen Reasons Why is one of my favorite books and I never really understood the hate that it received. I feel like I understood everything single action from the main characters standpoint because I’ve been in that dark place before.

    I have A Fierces and Subtle Poison on my shelf and I’m pretty excited/nervous to get to it because although I live in America, I’m Puerto Rican and I spent a lot of my summers when I was growing up in P.R. So I hope the author delivers with it. I also have Labyrinth Lost on my shelf and I’m excited for that one too.

    Great post =)

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    1. Thanks, Gretchen!

      So glad to see you enjoyed 13 Reasons. I never got the hate either. I think it’s mostly because people thought Hannah was selfish or overreacting and it’s like…. Do you even know MI? Haha. I’m really grateful the book exists.

      I’d love to see your thoughts on both of them!

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  2. Cammie McGovern has a few books about people with disabilities. Also TECHNICALLY mental health is a disability in that you can get disability for it depending on your situation. But it isn’t usually a label we reach for when describing ourselves. However your reccs were good and I LOVED this post. I’m def thinking that I need to do this as a TBR or something. I hope you’re doing lovely!

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  3. I deeply appreciate your intro/blog post Lauren, you have some really good books picked out. I have Juliet Takes A Breath on my TBR & may just get a physical copy. Labyrinth Lost was a solid read & enjoyable. I own A Fierce and Subtle Poison but haven’t picked it up yet, this will happen soon. Homegoing & The Blazing Star really interest me, looking forward to yours & Sarah’s thoughts on Blazing Star 🙂

    Diverse Books ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. This is a magnificent post Lauren ❤
    I've been in such a terrible mood this couple of days, I always feel on the edge of crying (and cried a couple of times) and that's just with me being thousands of miles away, I can't imagine what it must be like for people living in the US and having to deal with that crap first hand!
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that if you feel like mental illness is a disability then IT IS, no one has the right to invalidate that feeling, ESPECIALLY if they've never dealt with it. And how can something that prevents you from getting out of the house and doing things you want to do NOT be a disability?
    Another book with a trans MC that I would strongly recommend is When the Moon was Ours ❤ , I know you already know that haha but I just thought I'd throw it out there as a kind reminder.

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    1. Thanks so much, Fadwa 💖💖💖 I know what you mean. This is going to have such a global affect and there’s nothing we can do except express our support but it definitely doesn’t seem like enough 😪

      And thank you for your kind words. With my agoraphobia some days I can’t even leave my room. I totally understand it’s not like a physical disability in the sense that it can be cured but it’s still extremely dileberating. I want this to be as diverse as possible though so I think I will edit this post and include a book that talks about a physical disibality too.

      And yes!! I want to read that so badly. I can’t believe I forgot to mention it in this post.

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      1. Of course 💕
        Exactly!! It’s frustrating.
        Yes I understand too and can see how some people don’t see it as a disability but well… I still think it can be. There’s Wonder and also A quiet kind of thunder which hasn’t come out yet (I haven’t read it) .
        Haha! It’s okay, I know you want to read it 😊

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  5. This is such a great post, and I am glad to hear you enjoyed Thirteen Reasons why so much. I heard lots of mixed reviews about it, and especially of people who didn’t enjoy it so much. I have it on my TBR since forever, but I think because of these reviews I still didn’t read it. Thank you, now you make me want to read it 🙂

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  6. You’ve got some great picks there! I didn’t realise that The Rabbit-Proof Fence was a book – I’ve only seen the movie (which is amazing.)

    This is such a timely post – thank you.

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    1. Oh, also – I personally do class mental illness as a disability, as a mentally ill person myself. I think that using the word disability makes people realise that it isn’t just ‘in my head’ – it is something that impacts many aspects of my life, as a physical disability would. It makes it more ‘real’ to people, if that makes sense. However, I know people who are mentally ill and don’t class themselves as disabled – and I 100% respect that decision. 🙂

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      1. Thanks so much!

        And yes, I completely agree! I understand how a physical disability is permanent, but mental illness can be seriously deliberating. I can’t even get out of bed some days. But yeah, I totally respect all sides and I want to make this post as inclusive as possible so I included a book about a physical disability too 😊

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  7. Great answers for this tag Lauren. I posted this on my blog a few days ago and some of your picks are the same as mine. A Fierce and Subtle Poison is the only book I read set in Latin America but it just had such amazing world-building throughout that I feel that even if it wasn’t it still would have been the book I picked for that question, and the same with The Star-Touched Queen as well, which I still really love! 😀
    I actually just finished Labyrinth Lost yesterday and oh I am so glad I picked that book up. It was an amazing story, the world-building was beyond compare and Alex was a great heroine too. I love that she was bisexual as well, I didn’t see that coming but it was a fresh take on the love triangle wasn’t it? 🙂

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    1. Ahh yes, I saw your post! I keep running out of time to comment. Reading it made me feel like I was actually there even though I’ve never visted (and it seriously made me wish I could, haha). I’m super excited for the TSTQ sequel!!

      Yay! I’m super glad you enjoyed Labyrinth Lost. It was so great seeing a POC bisexual character and even more awesome that her female love interest was also a POC. And yes, it’s definitely a love triangle I could get behind a bit more haha.

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      1. Oh I feel the same way sometimes. There are only so many hours in each day and it never feels like enough to read, write and publish posts, and then comment.
        Same here, and I love it when settings are able to do that as well, just makes the book that bit more engaging.
        I didn’t even realise she was bisexual until Rishi was actually in Los Lagos with her and their relationship got a little more development from that angle. I’m normally not a fan of love triangles but this one I didn’t mind so much (I guess in part because it wasn’t a major part of the story. I feel like that could change with the second book). 🙂

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  8. Great post Lauren! I definitely need to pick up some more Diverse reads myself, I have read a few with Mental Illness, Disability and LGBTQ but I need to explore the genre more 🙂
    Also I have to mention your designs are so pretty, the flowers and your header’s are gorgeous. Teach me your ways oh wise one, I think I need to re-design my own blog a little bit soon to get a fresh feel on it. I just can’t get it right though! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Hannah ♥ And same! I’ve read quiet a few books that focus on MI and gay male characters, but there’s so many more books I need to get to.

      And, awww, thank you so much again. Honestly my ways are just throwing things together and hoping for the best 😂 I really want to change up my theme too, but I’m extremely fussy and none of the free ones look how I want and I can’t afford to buy a theme because they’re so pricey :/ which is the main reason why I want to self-host because there’s so many more options haha.

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      1. I totally understand, I see a theme and i’m like OOO PRETTY. Oh wait so expensive, do I need to eat this month? haha! I probably will just play around with my header and make it a little different to try alter the way it looks!

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  9. I have so many of these on my TBR and included some of them in my own list because they are my favourites too 🙂 Perks of being a wallflower is a book I’ve read more times then I can count ESPECIALLY in highschool so it being banned baffles me. There are no graphic scenes, no sex, no bad language? WHY WOULD IT BE BANNED?! Absolutely ridiculous that people would close teenagers off to the real issues this book talks about in such a well done way.

    I’ve had 13 reasons why on my TBR for a long time but I’m pushing it up on my TBR now because it sounds like a great and true story which I appreciate in books focusing on mental illnesses. Thank you for the Tag!

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      1. Drug and use and abuse are things that you hear about and experience when your a teen I don’t understand the mentality that teens should be kept in the dark 😡 Im glad I had my mum to give me reads when I was a teen and not sensor anything I wanted to learn about I just wish schools would do the same

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  10. Thanks for the tag, Lauren! 🙂 Love your answers here. I’m definitely going to get going on this tag because I feel like I definitely could diversify my reading massively. I’ve read a few that you mentioned here but I’ll definitely be adding a few more based on your choices. Great post! 🙂

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  11. I adore this tag. You did a great job of it too! I’ve always loved 13 Reasons Why for it’s realness. It is so dark that it almost makes it hard to read yet nothing about suicide is easy or pretty so why should a book about it be pretty and easy. It’s one of my favourites.

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    1. Thanks so much. And yes, exactly!! I’ve never really understood people whose main problems with that book is because it’s “too much”. I think it’s because society tries to make MI as “pretty” as possible, when in reality it can actually be so much darker.

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  12. Yay, I’m happy to see my tag is still alive!! Now I know why my original post was getting some views, hehe. Thanks, Lauren. I really should create new tag soon because they’re so fun, but I don’t have any cool ideas! argh..

    Anyway, great choices here. I recognize all these books except Rabbit Proof Fence, which is going on my TBR.
    Glad to see Juliet Takes A Breath is still on your radar! I think you’ll like this one because it’s not a romance. There is a very minimal romance sub-plot, but the story itself is about family, feminism, finding a path to self-acceptance and a lot more.

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    1. Haha, that’s okay!! It’s such a wonderful tag and I’ve been meaning to get to it for so long. I know what you mean! I so want to create a tag, but I’m just not feeling the creativity right now.

      Thanks so much!! Juliet Takes A Breath is definitely one I want to try and squeeze in before the year is over. I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.

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  13. I loved this post! Diversity in books is so important to me, as an ally to other communities and a queer person myself. I’ve added a few of these books that I haven’t read to my tbr, so thank you for that!

    Here’s just a note: THE ART OF BEING NORMAL is transphobic. Some of my trans friends have talked about this on Twitter (I’d be happy to show you the threads if necessary) but I wanted to let you know. I wouldn’t include it as a recommendation here because of that. 🙂 If you just look at the summary, it says “he WANTS to be a girl.” That is so disgusting, it’s “she IS a girl.” I’ve heard even more complaints about it besides that, and I thought I’d tell you. I wouldn’t want a trans person reading that and it hurting them, because I know it’s already done that.

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  14. Thanks for tagging me Lauren! Some great choices here. I’m going to be honest, I’ve heard awful things about 13 Reasons Why in Goodreads and they totally put me off. But hearing nice things from you is a new perspective for sure. I might give it a go one day and not completely scratch if off my TBR 🙂
    I also see mental illness as a disability. And I read someone else say it wasn’t because they can be cured… they cannot, so that argument is not really valid. I’m glad you brought up that discussion! It’s always great to know how others see it.

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    1. Aw, yeah, I definitely understand if you don’t want to read 13 Reasons Why because I’m sure there’s some great arguments against it too. It’s just one I really connected with. If you give it a shot though I hope it goes well for you.

      Yes, exactly. I totally see how it’s different to a physical disability, but it’s still really deliberating. People can recover, but it’s still always there and it’s almost impossible to avoid having relapses at some point.

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