Hype or Like Friday: Diverse Books

Hype or Like Friday, is where I discuss a given topic each week and at the end of the month I review a hyped up book, you can find the goodreads page here for more information. This months book is the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and this week’s topic is Diverse Books (Give us some recs for diverse books you’ve read or want to read).

Diverse Books

So I haven’t read that many diverse books but there is one series which really opened up my eyes to racism when I was a teenager. That series is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

A lot of her books shed light on interesting topics, but her Noughts and Crosses series broke my heart.

Noughts and Crosses

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

Hype or Like

I really should read more diverse books, the world is full of interesting culture and people I feel like I need to expand my horizons. This topic has definitely made me want to include for diverse books into my TBR pile, and I will be keeping a look out for books that match the description.

I would definitely say this is not a hyped topic, and I cannot wait to like more books in this category.


Next weeks topic is Favorite Fantasy Novels and why we should read them. So basically I get to spend next week gushing about my favourite books and brain washing you into reading  them as well (my evil plan will work I tell you!).

Talk Soon,
Darling Bear

Last time on Just Lauren: Book Travelling Thursdays #6: Book Worlds
Next time on Just Lauren: Movie Review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

6 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday: Diverse Books

  1. judithrwebster says:

    I haven’t heard of this series, and this post really made me wonder how many diverse books I’ve actually read. To Kill a Mockingbird tackles racism towards black people in America, Oroonoko is quite a small read about the treatment of African slaves by Colonials. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Book Thief tackle anti-Semitism. Apart from that, I can’t think of other books I’ve read that deal with racism and issues with diversity.

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    • DarlingLauren says:

      I know what you mean, I tend to read subjects with lighter subjects. But there are some amazing books out there that have diverse characters and powerful plots.
      When I was thinking about what to write for this post it shocked me how little I had read.

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  2. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    I haven’t heard of this series, but I’m definitely looking for more diverse books. That’s why I chose this week’s topic. I don’t see enough diverse books in the bookish community. I have a few on my list I want to read. Nice post!

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      • rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        I had a list I was going to post yesterday, then had to meet a deadline with my editor, so I’m being crushed with editing right now. Editing is not fun. 😂 I never know where to start either. I try to keep a mental note of books I really wanted to read, which is usually NA romance or YA fantasy. I do like contemporaries, but I have to be in the mood for them.

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