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Diverse Reads is all about reading books you wouldn’t normally choose to read. Challenge yourself to read something new, whether that’s a different genre or a book by an author whose background is different from your own.

All you have to do is read four diverse books of your choosing. Write down the title and author of the book. Once you've read four (or more!), return your log to the Fiction Desk at the Central Library or either branch to receive a special notebook.

Suggested Titles

We have a variety of books with diverse themes, characters and genres – here are just a few suggestions. Looking for more ideas? Stop by the Fiction Desk and talk to a librarian for personalized reading recommendations.

Female Superhero Comics

  • Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello
  • Promethea by Alan Moore
  • Empowered by Adam Warren

Transgender Characters

  • The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
  • The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  • This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Muslim Authors

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamed
  • The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Download and print a log, which also includes more suggested titles, or pick one up at the Fiction Desk.