Diverse Stacks, Diverse Lives Reading Challenge


Authors Challenge


Narrators Challenge






This is the master list of links and books that we’ll be updating as we find new books, authors and characters that satisfy the criteria of this reading challenge. As readers who like genre fiction, we know it can be difficult to read with an eye on diversity. But, have no fear because if we want our world to be more diverse, we can make it more diverse by looking for books, characters and authors, by sharing the work when we find it and by asking for it from publishers.


If there is anything you want to see added to the list: I can be reached at KateStacksXLifeX AT gmail DOT com.

Read a book with a trans character
  • Beauty Queens
  • Just Girls
  • Freak Boy
  • A Boy Like Me
  • Gracefully Grayson
Read a book with a queer character
  • The miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Luna
  • Parrotfish
  • will grayson, will grayson
Read a book with a African American character
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • roll of thunder, hear my cry
  • Monster
Read a book by a African American author
  • Between the World and me
  • Giovanni’s Room
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • brown girl dreaming
Read a book with an Asian character
  • The Poppy War
  • Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Midnight’s Children
Read a book by an Asian author
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Khaled Hosseini
  • Arundhati Roy
Read a book with an Asian American character
  • Eleanor and Park
  • Running through Sprinklers
  • How to Salsa in a sari
  • My Most Excellent Year
Read a book with an Asian American author
  • Amy Tan
  • Chang-Rae Lee
  • Min Jin Lee
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Celeste Ng
  • Alexander Chee
Read a book by a trans author
Read a book by a queer author
  • Michael Cunningham
  • Rita Mae Brown
  • E.M. Forster
Read a book by a woman
  • I know why the caged bird sings
  • Color Purple
  • Bad Feminist
Read a book by a woman of color
  • Annie Allen
  • Who Fears Death
  • Song of Solomon
Read a book by queer woman of color
  • Ash by Malindo Lo
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe
Read a book by a trans woman of color
  • Janet Mock
Read a book by a disabled author
Read a book with a disabled character
Read a book with characters from various socio-economic classes
  • Raven Boys
  • The outsiders
Read a book with a character who has survived abuse or assault
  • Speak
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Jessica Jones
Read a book by an author indigenous to North America
  • Sherman Alexie
Read a book with a character who is indigenous to North America
  • Louise Erdrich
Read a book by a small press
  • Pioneer Press
  • Sibling Rivalry Press
Read a book that’s been self-published
Read a book of poetry
  • Mysterious Acts by My People by Valerie Wetlaufer
  • Sad Girl Poems by Christopher Soto
Read a book by an African Author
Read a book with an African character
  • Who Fears Death
  • Binti
  • No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Read a graphic novel with a superhero 
  • The Invisibles
  • Anything Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel or Wonder Woman
Read a graphic novel without a superhero
  • Bitch Planet
  • Blankets
  • Maus