Sadly, diversity is currently an issue, not only in the book community, but in the whole world. And it shouldn’t be. It should be normal.
I’m ashamed to say I don’t read as many diverse books as I’d like (or at least I don’t think I do), so I was happy to come across this challenge. However, I had already “planned” a TBR for the year so my goal will be affected by that 😢️ Sorry! I still want to participate, though. There will never be enough diverse books, and at least I’ll be discovering incredible new reads.
For newbies to the challenge – what is it all about? Well, we want to encourage the reading and support of diverse books and marginalized voices, and therefore this challenge hopes to help you read more diversely in 2017!
— From Chasing Faerytales
The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st and you can read as many books as you want, from any genre and format. The lovely hosts made a lot of lists to help us choose our books, and also for us to know what is considered diverse.
“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”
–From We Need Diverse Books
There are mini challenges for each month, which are optional, but I will share them because they can give you ideas and because they mention several forms of diversity. Also, if for some miracle I could, I’d like to do some of them:
My goal is to read between 5 and 10 books
Hopefully 7, but time will tell. I know it’s not a lot, but my TBR pile is already big and I found this challenge “too late”. I will update you on my progress on my wrap ups.
I will try to include different diverse books: LGBTQIA+, POC, disabilities, mental health issues, non Western settings… Most of them will be YA but hopeffully there will also be a couple of Middle Grade books. Similarly, the majority might be contemporaries.
Edit: It is now July and I have noticed I have read some books that have diverse characters and elements but I didn’t want to include them because even though they are mentioned and talked about I didn’t feel like they were as centered as other topics or, in the case of series, they will be more disucssed in further books.
Books read: 10/10
- Pillow Thoughs by Courtney Peppernell
- The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
- The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston
- The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Are you participating? How many books are you planning on reading for the challenge? Would you recommend any?
Good luck and thank you for reading 😊