Lucy Recommends… [7] – Diversity

27 April, 2015

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It’s time for another Lucy Recommends… today! I love writing these recommendation posts so much because it means I get to talk about lots of my favourite books.

Today I’m going to be recommending diverse fiction. They’re diverse for lots of different reasons and I would highly recommend all of them.

Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow

Crow Moon is one of my favourite books of 2015 so far and it’s the perfect diverse read. One particularly diverse element that stands out is the religious diversity in it because Crow Moon is a dystopia set in a pagan community. It was incredibly realistic and broke away from the typical stereotype of paganism. I loved it!

Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern

One of my favourite diverse reads, Amy & Matthew (also known as Say What You Will in the US) is about a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I loved the juxtaposition between the physical and mental health condition and it also has a rather interesting twist at the end!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare always manages to create lots of amazing diverse characters in all of her books – racially, sexually and religiously. They all feel like your best friend!

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

When I read The Last Leaves Falling at the end of 2014, I knew it was something special. It follows the story of a Japanese boy called Sora who has a neurodegenerative disease and it discusses important issues such as assisted suicide and having dignity when dying, which are all very current issues.

Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne

I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Tanya talk about writing Follow Me Down and I think she writes diversely perfectly. A murder mystery novel set in Wiltshire, it’s about a Nigerian teenager called Adamma and is told in alternating timelines. I loved it!

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What are your favourite diverse reads?

4 Comments

  • Rosie

    27 April, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I really want to read Crow Moon. I spoke to Anna about it at UKYA Extravaganza and it sounds so good.

    I recently read All The Bright Places, and Lies Like Love, and I think they both do a brilliant job of handling mental illness.
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  • Steph H. Barker

    27 April, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t got around to reading City of Bones, but it’s on my list. Crow Moon sounds very interesting, love things pagany.

  • Natalie @ Flowers in my Books

    30 April, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I haven’t read an awful lot of diverse reads but a few of my favourites are To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before which is about an Asian (I believe Korean but I could be completely wrong) family living in America, Everything Leads To You which features an LGBTQ character and the entire book is stunning. I also recently read Wonder which I think you’d love! It’s about a young boy who was born with a cleft palate and it’s the story of him living with a facial abnormality and those around him. It’s absolutely beautiful.
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  • Alex Dewing

    3 May, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve only read (and actually heard of) two of these books. City of Bones is one of my favourite books as The Mortal Instrument Series is the series that got me back into reading properly! I also will be starting Crow Moon today as I finished my previous book this morning (All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, which is adorable!). I’m even more hyped for it now x

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