#WeNeedDiverseBooks Pt. 2 - Book List

As part of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks push, I'm publishing here a list of every book I have reviewed on this blog that is a diverse read.  These are books by diverse authors and or whose characters make up a diverse cast.

Stacy Hawkins Adams - Coming Home
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Thing Around Your Neck
Yahaya Baruwa - Struggles of a Dreamer
Ishmael Beah - Radiance of Tomorrow
Naomi Benaron - Running the Rift
Angela Benson - A Million Blessings
David Bezmozgis - The Free World
ReShonda Tate Billingsley - A Family Affair
ReShonda Tate Billingsley - Holy Rollers
ReShonda Tate Billingsley - The Secret She Kept
ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - Fortune and Fame
ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - Friends and Foe
ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - Sinners and Saints
Peggy Blair - The Beggar's Opera
Peggy Blair - The Poisoned Pawn
Rhonda Bowen - Get You Good
Rhonda Bowen - Man Enough For Me
Rhonda Bowen - One Way or Another
Joseph Boyden - The Orenda
Dionne Brand - What We All Long For
Carleen Brice - Children of the Waters
Connie Briscoe - Money Can't Buy Love
Shana J. Burton - Flaws and All
Shana J. Burton - Flaw Less
Austin Clarke - More
Teju Cole - Every Day is for the Thief
Yvette Edwards - A Cupboard Full of Coats
Esi Edugyan - Half-Blood Blues
Carole Enahoro - Doing Dangerously Well
Will Ferguson - 419
Kim Fu - For Today I Am a Boy
Wayne Grady - Emancipation Day
Marilynn Griffith - Rhythms of Grace
Marilynn Griffith - Songs of Deliverance
Ian Hamilton - The Scottish Banker of Surabaya
Michael Helm - Cities of Refuge
Lawrence Hill - The Book of Negroes
Nalo Hopkinson - Chaos
Langston Hughes - Selected Poems
Neta Jackson - Stand by Me
E.N. Joy - Been There Prayed That
Nicole Krauss - Great House
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer - All The Broken Things
Kevin Kwan - Crazy Rich Asians
Vincent Lam - The Headmaster's Wager
Rabindranath Maharaj - Picture of Nobody
Avner Mandelman - The Debba
Anthony Marra - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Hisham Matar - Anatomy of a Disappearance
Ayanna Mathis - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Bernice L. McFadden - Gathering of Waters
Bernice L. McFadden - Glorious
Rosalyn McMillan - We Ain't the Brontes
Terry McMillan - Getting to Happy
Dinaw Mengestu - All Our Names
Dinaw Mengestu - How To Read the Air
Nadifa Mohamed - Black Mamba Boy
Toni Morrison - Home
Bharati Mukherjee - Miss New India
Victoria Christopher Murray - Destiny's Divas
Victoria Christopher Murray - Sins of the Mother
Michael Ondaatje - The Cat's Table
Helen Oyeyemi - Boy, Snow, Bird
Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being
Linda Sue Park - A Long Walk to Water
Stef Penney - The Invisible Ones
Kate Pullinger - Landing Gear
Nancy Richler - The Imposter Bride
Lucinda Riley - The Midnight Rose
Taiye Selasi - Ghana Must Go
Jacquelin Thomas - Samson
Kim Thuy - Ru
Chika Unigwe - On Black Sisters Street
Padma Viswanathan - The Ever After of Ashwin Rao
Tiffany L. Warren - In the Midst of It All
Tiffany L. Warren - The Bishop's Daughter
Tiffany L. Warren - The Replacement Wife
Rita Williams-Garcia - One Crazy Summer

Carolyn Abraham - The Juggler's Children
Carmen Aguirre - Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Nomad
Stacey-Ann Chin - The Other Side of Paradise
Olivia Chow - My Journey
Amy Chua - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Byran Clay - Redemption
Malaak Compton-Rock - If It Takes A Village Build One
Romeo Dallaire - They Fight Like Soldiers They Die Like Children
Sonali Deraniyagala - Wave
Whoopi Goldberg - Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There
Debi Goodwin - Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus
Lawrence Hill - Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book
Jennifer Hudson - I Got This
Emmanuel Jal - War Child: A Child Soldier's Story
Mindy Kaling - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me
Dany Laferrière - The World is Moving Around Me
Lopez Lomong - Running for my Life
Michelle McKinney Hammond - Divanomics
Somaly Mam - The Road of Lost Innocence
Carolyn Maul McKinstry - While the World Watched
Wes Moore - The Other Wes Moore
Marina Nemat - After Tehran
Lucille O'Neal - Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go
Jael Richardson - The Stone Thrower
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh - Captive in Iran
Sherri Shepherd - Permission Slips
Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Zadie Smith - Changing My Mind
Sudhir Venkatash - Gang Leader for a Day
Mosab Hassan Yussuf - Son of Hamas


  1. Great list. I need to expand my non-fiction reading for sure, but for most of your fiction list I was nodding along. I'd love to see you put together a similar list for middle grade chapter books and YA.

    1. Thank you. Unfortunately, I do not read middle grade or YA and my kids aren't at that age yet so I wouldn't have a list of books I have read that I could recommend.

  2. Great list! And looks like your reading is quite varied, so congratulations!

    1. Thanks! Sometimes I feel like I have travelled the world when in reality, I haven't.


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