Nikki is really out doing me here because I have no darn clue what to do for this. I read a lot of diverse books naturally but to quantify one as the ‘best’ is a tad bit difficult. Right now the book that comes to mind is Huntress by Malinda Lo. Lo writes books with a strong cultural flair that have characters of color as well as LGBTQ characters. I love, love her books Ash and Huntress and encourage anyone to read them. I’ll have reviews coming up soon.
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.
I don’t think it’s possible to have a “best book” on diversity because it’s hard to speak about sooooo many different aspects of that (race, religion, sexuality, lifestyle choices, mental and physical disability…). I’m not totally convinced one book could do it because there are unique parts of each of those aspects. I actually had oodles of books to choose from when I went through my books, but I’m going to go with Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis!
It seems like a lot of people don’t like/”get” this book until they realise Gregor’s transformation is a metaphor for some acquired disability/change but, if one were to assume Gregor was always a bug who thinks and feels as everyone else does but is just different in his exterior and habits – it is a good metaphor for any difference in general.