Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are of Color

12:00 AM Serena 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A new topic is given every week. 

This week's theme is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____. I chose an option that ties into the Dive Into Diversity Challenge I'm participating in: characters who are of color. I'm pretty excited about this list. 

1. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler - Ally's BFF Vanessa (who's getting her own book this year!) is an Asian American actress, which is awesome. This is one of the first books I've read with an Asian girl around my age out in the world doing good things with her life, so I love Vanessa. 

2. Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson - Ms. Marvel herself is Pakistani which is awesome because it's not a culture I know a lot about. I learned stuff reading just the first in this graphic novel series. 

3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Park, one of my favorite book boys, is, I believe, half Korean. 

4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - There are people of all different colors and backgrounds in these books, and it's one of the things I love the most about this series. 

5. Make it Count by Megan Erickson - The MC in this book is Kat. She's Brazilian, and SO MUCH FUN to read about. 

6. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - This was a cool book for me because of the whole growing up in an Asian household thing, which I've seen in very few other books. 

7. Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler - Of course Dahlia has two books on this list because she writes such awesome diverse characters. Lizzie is a really fierce half Filipina, and I adore her. 

8. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley - THIS BOOK, GUYS. If I haven't already talked your ear off about this, it's a historical set in the time of segregation in the US. One of the MCs is African American, the other is white. 

9. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White - Jess is an islander living in the country, and she's noticeably different and looked down on because of her skin. 

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This takes place in dystopian China, so most of the characters are people of color. 

That's all for this week's Top Ten Tuesday! Who are your favorite characters of color? Let me know! 


  1. Awesome! Thanks for doing this post. I'm a huge advocate for racial diversity in books. I'm very happy to see this starting to change.

    1. You're very welcome! I loved writing it. I'm also huge on racial representation in books. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!