Things I’d Like To See More in Books

So today I thought I’d do a post talking about what type of things I like to see more of in books,these are all related to diverse books because while there are some great books out there, there are some things I’d love to see more of.

  1. More Jewish Characters

I’m Jewish and I really really want to see more books about Jewish characters that aren’t set during the Holocaust. I’d love to see books about non-practising Jews or practising Jews. It would honestly make me so happy to read somebody like me.

2.Diverse Historical Fiction

I love Historical Fiction with a burning passion but it’s pretty white and straight. I’d really love more books like Book of Negroes or The Paying Guests. I am so excited for the Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue  and I really hope that more books like it will come out.

3. Diverse ChickLit

I absolutely love Chicklit, and basically Sophie Kinsella is a genius who has me in tears from laughing. I’d love a Sophie Kinsella style book but with lesbians or PoC characters. It would honestly make a chicklit a thousand  times better.

4.Cute Diverse Middle Grade

Honestly I would probably die of cuteness if I ever read a LGBT+  Middle Grade novel and while I don’t often  read middle grade, I would definitely reach for it more if it had more Diverse Characters.

5.More Anxious Characters

Honestly I’d love to see more character of all different types of mental illnesses but this one is more special to me as I have anxiety.I’ve read some books with anxious characters but none that have really resonated me. I’d just love more books portraying different anxious characters.

6.More Ace/Aro Spectrum Characters

This is probably the area of the LGBT community that has been written about the least. I know there are more books that are being published about this, but I honestly kind of want  a million books featuring Ace characters. I mean there are as many asexuals as there are redheads so if virtually every book can have a redhead I think we can have a few aces.

What do you want to see more of? Do you know of any books like these?

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21 thoughts on “Things I’d Like To See More in Books

  1. Amen to number one and two 🙂 there are wonderful diverse historical fiction books when it comes to Judaism ( check out Maggie Anton, T.K Thorne, Rebecca Kanner) and none of one’s I mentioned are related to Holocaust. Also check out Heavy Sand-Anatoli by Anatoli Rybakov, ( does contain wwii but it’s from Russian Jewish point of view)

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  2. I gotta say, I agree with you on these. I especially like number one: I really haven’t read many books outside of WW2 fiction where Jewish characters are prevalent, and I’d like to see that more. Other areas of diversity I’d like to see would be more autistic spectrum characters who aren’t prodigies, and more biracials. (I kinda fit into both of these, that’s why I like them). And more diverse historical fiction! That’d be really interesting!

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  3. I totally agree with your list. The ones that resonate the most with me are 2, 4 and 6. I can understand you wanting books that you can identify with, I wan’t the same.

    Have you read Saree? It’s kind of historical fiction set during the time of the Sri Lankan Civil War – fairly recent history.

    I’m sure you’ve read the Percy Jackson books, I remember them being pretty diverse. I actually want to read them again to freshen up my memory.

    I recommend Finding Your Feet for ace spectrum – especially if you love stories about dancing.

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  4. I would agree that we need more diversity in novels for young adults. Look around for books set in South or Central American, in the South Pacific, in the Middle East, in Philippines, and you will find very few books. Since I live in Washington State I want to explore characters who represent the diversity of our state: Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Latino-Americans, Muslims, Jewish students, African Americans, LGBT, etc.

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  5. Twitter and Goodreads have really helped me find more of the kinds of books I like to read, which are books that cross cultures and originate from within other cultures. I joined a ground called ‘Around the World’ on Goodreads which has some excellent lists, I also now read a lot more translated fiction, because that is really the only way to read with the kind of diversity I seek – books written and published outside the UK/US, which we often here little about.

    I follow quite a few people who read books by LGBT authors and they are often a good source and another friend only reads books with LGBT characters and I’ve learned so much from listening to her tell me how she came across her community who share books to read.

    I think if you have a particular interest to read more of something, it’s not a matter of waiting for it to come into the mainstream, but seeking it out, by finding other readers who are already reading those specialities, once you start digging, you’ll be amazed at what gems you can uncover.

    Very though provoking post, thanks for sharing it.

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