Much like the #DiversityDecBingo I talked about in December, this readathon is basically the same but instead of just taking place over one month, it takes place over the whole of 2017. Based on the square above, in this challenge, the point is to read diversely, but also to read more #ownvoices (authors writing about their own experiences or characters that share traits with them) and marginalized author’s books. There are more categories, and countless categories. I hope that by the end of the year, I might be able to read most of, if not all of the squares!
What my TBR looks like:
I posted this on Twitter, and obviously this list is going to depend on whether or not I can get the book(s) in question that I don’t own, and whether or not they actually fit the categories I’m putting them in.
How I’m doing:
As you can see, I’ve already deviated from my TBR above, lol. I’ve read 12 books this year, 8 of which were diverse but only 6 of them counted as squares in the Bingo Sheet.
MC W/An Underrepresented Body
MC on the Ace Spectrum (OwnVoices)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: Since this category was ownvoices, I had to look for a book written by an author on the Ace Spectrum that had written a main character on the ace spectrum. Imagine my luck when I found this book! This is a short novella about kids who run away from their homes and find themselves in alternate worlds where they fit in perfectly. The problem is that these kids get sent back, and fitting in the “real world” is nothing but easy. I really recommend this story!
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I really enjoyed this short novella. It’s actually a TED Talk Chimamanda made into a book. It’s basically an introductory version as to why you should be a feminist. There were some comments that I didn’t really like, but I do see the importance of this book.
SFF W/ Disabled MC
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda: Monstress is a dark and gritty graphic novel set in 1900’s Matriarchal Asia. The main character is disabled but completely badass, and the way the comic ended left me anxious for Volume Two!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: OKAY IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS YET READ IT! Seriously, that’s all I’m going to say of it… Okay maybe I’ll say another thing: It’s incredible. So far it’s been my favorite read of 2017. Don’t let this one pass you by.
Biracial MC (Own Voices)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: I have finally read this book and I hate how long it took me to read it! It’s a great f/f romance surrounding a letter, a secret, and a mystery. All while set in LA and while filming a movie. I definitely recommend it!
It’s not so bad. I know there are other people who are blazing through this challenge, but I’m doing it at my own pace. Plus, considering I’ve been in a book slump the whole of January, I think I’m doing pretty good 🙂
Are you participating in this challenge?