Saturday, November 12, 2016

Books of Acceptance

If you've been paying any attention to U.S. politics in the past few days, you know that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has won the presidency for the next four years. (Well, technically not yet, but we're not going to discuss that possibility seriously because it gets my hopes up way too much.) He's hateful, bigoted, unqualified, and dangerous. I've been kind of at a loss for what to do, but then I saw Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser make a post about Books to Encourage Acceptance and Equality, and I absolutely loved it. Here's mine.

(Note: I have more books for most of these categories - I'm just including my favorites or the ones that I think tackle relevant issues particularly well.)


THE WRATH & THE DAWN DUOLOGY by Renée Ahdieh - Persian-inspired fantasy; almost all major characters are of color (read my review here)
OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee - set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, focusing on a Chinese-American girl trying to get a good education
THE LARA JEAN TRILOGY by Jenny Han - cute, fluffy contemporaries with a biracial protagonist (half Korean, half white)


I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson - contemporary in which one of two protagonists is gay
SILHOUETTE OF A SPARROW by Molly Beth Griffin - set in the 1920s, with multiple queer female characters, no labels (read my review here)
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirstin Cronn-Mills - contemporary, trans guy protagonist


MS. MARVEL SERIES by G. Willow Wilson - main character (and family) are Muslim  
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak - set in WWII Germany, with a major Jewish character


WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord - one of two protagonists has bipolar disorder
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers - protagonist has depression


LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley - set in the 1950s; both protagonists are queer women (no labels used), one is black, many black supporting characters
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli - cute, fluffy contemporary; gay protagonist, multiple supporting queer characters (including a minor bisexual character), multiple black supporting characters, Jewish character
THE DIVINERS SERIES by Libba Bray - set in the 1920s; Jewish character, black character, gay character, and two disabled characters, one of whom is biracial (half Chinese, half white), all in the group of major characters

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall - cute, fluffy contemporary; one main character is bisexual, the other is Jewish and gay, supporting characters of color and Jewish character (read my review here)
IRON CAST by Destiny Soria - set immediately before Prohibition; one of two main characters is biracial (half black, half white), multiple queer supporting characters (no labels, likely both gay), black supporting character (read my review here)
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough - set in the 1930s; one of two main characters is black, lots of black supporting characters, gay supporting character

RUN by Kody Keplinger - contemporary; one of two main characters is disabled (blind), the other is bisexual
THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY by Cat Winters - set in the 1920s; biracial protagonist (half black, half white), major gay character, minor (possible) Jewish character (read my review here)


THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas - black protagonist, black supporting characters
HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera - multiple major queer characters, one of whom has OCD 
How are you doing today? One of the best things to come out of this past week for me has been everybody checking in on each other, and I want to check in on you. How have you been taking care of yourself lately?

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