Tawney Thursday: Diverse Books

Tawney here! There has been a wonderful movement going on for a while now. It's all over social media. It's called We Need Diverse Books

You may see on my twitter avatar that I have the banner. I'm wholeheardidly for this movement. A movement, that quite frankly shouldn't have happened. There should be more books out in the world with diverse characters, characters for everyone. So today I complied some books I've read and some that are coming out that have diverse characters. Wonderful books I hope you check out and maybe you can connect with!


 Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
This book was a wonderful read! Samantha and Annamae were fantastic characters and the true heart of the story was their friendship. So many great diverse characters throughout the book. Not to mention hot cowboys. Stacy is a wonderful writer that immersed me right into the story. And hot cowboys!


    Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents' disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she's painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van's life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she'll have to choose between the one thing she's always loved...and the person she never imagined she could.

I loved Dahlia's first book Behind the Scenes and this one sounds just as amazing! There should be more same couple romances out there. This has been on my must read list for a long time now!


 Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Shahrzad is a spit fire of a heroine who takes charge. Khalid is a king who hides secrets but is willing to do anything for his kingdom. The connect between to two becomes smoldering! This book was amazing and Renee spins a wonderful story together with vivid description and words.


 Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

A wonderful book that delves into arrange marriages and the consequences that can happen. I was immediately hooked on the drama that unfolds.


 Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story of Alex, a high school senior—and the ultimate unreliable narrator—unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion.
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She's pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She's not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

Mental disorders shouldn't be left out of books. The reality is that they exist. I've been excited for Francesca's book and I can't wait to dive in and understand schizophrenia.


 Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy's suicide, she figures she's in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn't take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder. As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks...and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.

I love a good murder mystery.  This one seems to have some paranormal added to the mix. 


There could be so much more books on here! I just couldn't post them all. There are so many amazing diverse books out there.  Tell us what diverse books you're reading. Or what diverse books you've heard of. We would love to add more to our TBR LIST.


  1. Love how YA is becoming more diverse nowadays :D Can’t wait for a full blown force of diverse YA in the years to come! Love your selection of books here :)

  2. Thank you Rabiah! Def check them out. There are so many great diverse books out there! I'm so happy for that.


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