Woop woop! Can you believe it???! This is me who only finished reading 18 books in 2016 telling y’all I’m doing a reading challenge!
I’m here to announce that I will be taking part in the Read Diverse 2017 challenge, so you can expect quite a few (hopefully) solid book reviews in the future.
Basically the idea of this challenge is to read, support and review books with diverse characters and by diverse authors (LGBTQIA, different culture, ethnicity, disability, gender, etc.). It’s hosted by Naz at Read Diverse Books. It’s such an amazing, meaningful and inspiring challenge. You should go check it out too.
I’m a bit hesitant towards reading challenges, because I can’t say I like deviating what I want to read just to meet the challenge requirements. But to read diverse books is what I wanted to do for this reading year anyways, so I just couldn’t resist.
Diversity in literature is just such a relevant issue. Growing up, I have never really come across a character from a book that reflects who I am.
As an immigrant, all the migrant literature I’ve come across are always either inaccurate or a bit too dramatic. Asian characters aren’t that common in books I read either. As well, I’m still on the quest to finding a good book that have main characters of my sexuality.
That’s why this year I really want to delve into diverse books. It’s almost like a personal project of mine. 😌😌😌😌
So here are some ideas I already have for books to read for this challenge. Hopefully this will give you some inspo too. : ))))
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (South African author)
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (African American female author)
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (lesbian author, own voice)
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (Vietnamese immigrant author)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (gender fluid character)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (LGBTQ characters)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (lesbian characters)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (LGBTQ characters)
The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater (LGBTQ characters)
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (LGBTQ characters)
There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (LGBTQ characters) (the sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, read my review here <3)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (LGBTQ characters)
Ru by Kim Thúy (Vietnamese immigrant author)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (African American author and characters)
Along with this challenge I will be doing the Diversity Bingo 2017.
So there ya go! I can’t wait for another awesome reading year with you guys!