30 Inclusive Books You Should Read Right Now

I was inspired by Ava at Bookishness and Tea to talk about inclusivity in literature. For me, where diversity brings us a cast of varied characters, inclusive titles bring us important representation without necessarily being diverse. For example, a book could feature an all Black cast. That’s not diverse, but it’s sure as shit inclusive. So, without further ado, here is a list of 50 books with important representation that everyone (including me) should definitely read right-now-immediately.

51jkrhrxstl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Inclusion: Pueblo protagonist and cultural influence

The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa
Inclusion: Look into Parsi culture in the subcontinent

Push by Sapphire
Inclusion: Poor, Black, fat protagonist

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Inclusion: Gay and Black protagonists

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Inclusion: Gay protagonist, major gender nonconforming character

Every Day by David Levithan
Inclusion: Agender, pansexual protagonist

368468Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Inclusion: Chinese and Japanese protagonists

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
Inclusion: Look into tribal South African culture

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Inclusion:  Poor, Black main cast

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
Inclusion: Mentally ill protagonist, major gay character

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
Inclusion: African protagonists, queer protagonist

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Inclusion: Gay and Mexican American protagonists

their_eyes_were_watching_godThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Inclusion: Native American protagonist (from the Spokane reservation in Washington)

How Beautiful the Ordinary by Various Authors
Inclusion: Collection focusing on queer stories

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson
Inclusion: Main Black cast, unflinching look into Black culture

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Inclusion: Main Black cast, look into Black culture post-slavery

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Inclusion: Main Black and queer characters

51zz1vo29nl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Inclusion: Protagonist has Treacher Collins syndrome

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Inclusion: Gay protagonists

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
Inclusion: Chinese and transgender protagonist

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Inclusion: Autistic protagonist

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Inclusion: A look into Blackness and gayness

The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed
Inclusion: Kashmiri protagonist’s point of view on the Kashmir conflict

51-pl9bj7il-_sx331_bo1204203200_The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
Inclusion: Majority cast from tribes in North Pakistan

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
Inclusion: Black protagonist, look into Black culture

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Inclusion: Majority Chinese cast, look in Chinese and Chinese American culture

Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
Inclusion: Primary cast are Muslim and Sikh

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Inclusion: Primary gay characters

Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Inclusion: Bangladeshi protagonist, look into Bangladeshi culture

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Inclusion: Main Muslim and major Jamaican characters

What are you favorite diverse and inclusive books? Have you read any of the books on my list? Talk to me about it!


5 thoughts on “30 Inclusive Books You Should Read Right Now

  1. Nice list! I recently read “Do Not Say We Have Nothing”, by Madeleine Thien, and I think it could be a good addition to an “inclusive list” as well. It’s a move by a Chinese-Canadian author, and tracks the impacts of events like the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square on successive generations of the families in the novel. It’s generally a well-written book, and I found it especially “inclusive” because it forced me to think about how growing up during a time like the Cultural Revolution would affect how I relate with others in society, and with future generations.

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  2. Thanks for the book list–I was suprised to find that I had read 5 or 6 of them. FYI, I’m Natalie’s grandma (we’ve met a few times) and I love your blog, It’s informative, so well written, and I’m enjoying your style. Keep up the good works!


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