Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week is all about books that celebrate diversity, that includes books that feature minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc. When I first say this week's topic, I thought it was going to be difficult to pick then books and I was not wrong, I wanted to include so many books! But I have finally decided on these ten for the impact they've had on me:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. One of the Will Graysons in the story has been diagnosed with depression and is gay. Very interesting to read about his struggles to find the place in the world where he belongs.
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton. I loved Ruby, a deaf girl. She is one of the brightest and funniest girls you can find but most people can't communicate with her, some do not even see her. Her mother wants her to use her voice, but she already uses her voice: her hands. She signs.
Forty Days Without Shadow by Olivier Truc. The books offers us a glimpse to the Sámi world, present and past, as we learn how they live now but also how they used to live in the past and all the oppression they have suffered since the seventeenth century.
Girl At War by Sara Novic. It has been a while since a book had made such a strong impression on me. Girl at War is anextraordinary tale about war, loss and grief but also about love and hope and the need to find your place in the world. Ana is a refugee from the Croatin War.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. Etta has never seen the ocean and is determinate to see it before she dies. She is already eighty-two and shows clear signs of dementia so it's now or never. She starts an epic journey on foot heading east to see the water and as she tells Otto, she will try to remember to come back.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. A fascinating tale about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. While he investigate the murder of his neighbour's dog, he uncovers some unexpected mysteries.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. If you haven't had the chance, do read all about Don Tillman. A character you won't forget.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. An amazing and sad tale about racism in the sixties in the Southern US that also includes sexism and oppression of women and the cruel ways against gays and trans and Jews. One of those books you need to read once in you lifetime (at least).
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This is a cute quick story that will make you laugh but also think a lot. It handles serious topics with tact and responsibility. I hope Sophie Kinsella will write more YA novels
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. One of the books that has made me cry the most ever. Will Traynor has paraplegia and no wish to life. An amazing story that will stay with me forever.