What are the best books to read for a diverse reading experience?

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    #1The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Michael Newman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read this book and to many it is a classic their eyes. I thought it was ok. It is about a two black sisters who write to each other since they live far away from each other. It's a pretty emotional book, that tells a story that you normally don't hear. So I would recommend it."
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    #2The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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    Reyansh Pillai
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great read if you are looking to learn more about other cultures. Has very vivd descriptions of life in Afghanistan. Great for those looking for a different perspective. "
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    #3All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.

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    Kindred is a young adult novel with a time travel element written by Octavia Butler, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards. The book is about a modern-day black woman who was transported to the plantation in the past.


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    Carol Medina
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I found this a fascinating read. The story is very unique. There were many unexpected twists in the tale."
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    #5The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give is a multi-awarded young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It tells the story of Starr Carter, who witnessed her friend Khalil get killed by a cop. This book is a condemnation of racism and police brutality, because black lives matter.


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    Timothy Crawford
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I loved how educational it was. It really made you understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the reality of it. It hit every single point and put you right in the middle of it."
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    #6The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a group of four Chinese women who meet together for mahjong and companionship. Later, their daughters continue the tradition.

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    Brittany Welch
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A very rich book that deals with themes as diverse has immigration, motherhood, mother-daughter relationship, etc. The style is light, matters deep. Truly a read you'll carry with you a very long time."
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    #7A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    Jason Cooper
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A very moving story of survival, friendship and love in Afghanistan, in the midst of war and danger. A tale of deep and intricate human connection and how love and sacrifice can conquer it all. This book is very different and diverse because the setting takes place in Afghanistan, a culture very different from our own, and yet we are all so similar in our humane urge for love and self-sacrifice!"
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    #8Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an award-winning young adult novel by Becky Albertalli. It features Simon Spier, a teenager who keeps his sexuality a secret from everyone. All that changed when a situation forced him to come out.

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    Joseph Newman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is wonderful, and also eye opening for anyone who hasn't had to "come out" before. I recommend it for people who want to broaden their horizon and understand the experience more."
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    #9The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Gilberto Carbajal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is a real pleasure to read. It provides an intriguing window in to a part of life most Americans probably aren't too familiar with. It provides you with an opportunity to explore a completely different experience. "
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    George by Alex Gino is another groundbreaking novel on the LGBT community. This book unfolds its story through a child who creatively unveiled his true identity in his middle-grade years with the help of his friend.

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    Michael Franklin
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I am not part of the LGBT community, but I have always been interested in how people evolved and realized that they had a different identity than the stereotypical person in relationships. This book tells the story through a child and it really made me understand what LGBT people go through in their lives. A very good read."
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    #11The V Girl

    The V Girl
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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    Thomas Price
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'd never read a romance set in a place like this, but I'm glad I tried this one. Very unique story that brings a new twist to both romance and dystopian genres. Great characters and great dialogue throughout. Definitely worth a read."
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    #12Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.


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    Vicky Li
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a nice novel book written by Marissa Meyer. It is one of The Lunar Chronicles series. Highly recommend."
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    #13Puddle Jumping

    Puddle Jumping

    Puddle Jumping is a young adult contemporary romance novel written by Amber L. Johnson. This young adult contemporary romance novel was published on June 29, 2014 by Self Pub.


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    Joyce Barnett
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Puddle Jumping appears to be a great short read! However, I do not think that it would be a good book for a diverse reading experience."
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    #14Esperanza Rising

    Esperanza Rising
    Esperanza Rising is a children's book written by the award-winning author, Pam Muñoz Ryan. It was first published in 2000, and it tells the story of a Mexican girl and the challenges she faced during the Great Depression.

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    Daniel Lopez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A moving and exceptionally rich children's book that my daughter absolutely loves. She speaks of the story often and engaged in a lot of thought about the contents and the character. It's exactly the kind of book I want my child reading."
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    #15On the Edge of Gone

    On the Edge of Gone
    On the Edge of Gone is a dystopic science fiction written uprising novelist Corinne Duyvis. It was originally released in 2016. It is about a future where the Earth is preparing for a meteoric blast while a family searches for a loved one.


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    Craig Cole
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love fiction books, anything science fiction especially. This is a great book that really peaked my interest. It focuses on how Earth may evolve in the future and some of the crisis that may have to be dealt with. While a lot of it focuses on the new and amazing setting in the future, it also follows one family's search for a love one amid all of the chaos of a meteor blast. This is a action packed and fun book you will want to read again."
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    Shadowshaper is the first book in the young adult urban fantasy series with the same name written by Daniel José Older which centers on Sierra Santiago who discovers a supernatural order called Shadowshaper.

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    Vihaan Nair
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Shadowshaper is an incredibly original novel. I remember reading it years ago and thinking to myself that I have never read a similar book. If you are looking for something original and out of left field, thiss Daniel Older book is a good choice."


Best What are the best books to read for a diverse reading experience
1The Color PurpleBooks 40 Paid
2The Kite RunnerBooks 36 Paid
3All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 35 Paid
4KindredBooks 33 Paid
5The Hate U GiveBooks 32 Paid
6The Joy Luck ClubBooks 30 Paid
7A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 29 Paid
8Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaBooks 27 Paid
9The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 26 Paid
10GeorgeBooks 24 Paid

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