You all know how much I love diversity. And one of my main resolutions for 2016 is to read more diverse books, so I was looking for a reading challenge to keep me in track! And I was astonished to realise that there was no such challenge available, so why not host one myself? As I was thinking aloud on the lines, the lovely Shelly @Read.Sleep.Repeat offered to co host if I did do it, so here are we, hosting the 2016 Diverse Reads Book Challenge!
The main objective of this challenge is to promote diverse books and help bloggers and readers who want to read more diversity in 2016!
· Read books that are diverse.
Defined by We Need Diverse Books: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
· The book can be set in a diverse setting, but not necessarily.
· This challenge will run from the 1st of January 2016 to the 31st of December 2016.
· You can join in anytime you want.
· This challenge is meant to be a personal goal challenge to help find more diverse novels and to read more diversely.
· There are no levels/points! You can read as much or as little as you’d like, this is a personal goal and is mainly individualized
· To join the challenge, add your sign up post to the link up at the bottom of the post. You can include your TBR for the challenge if you want, but it’s not a requirement. Your sign up post can be a separate post or a part of a giant list of all your 2016 reading challenges. Anything is fine.
· If you don’t have a blog, you may use a twitter handle or instagram profile and share this post with the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 that you’re participating! But add that link to the sign up link below.
· If you want to share why you joined the challenge or why you want to read more diverse books, you can tweet us using #Iwanttoreaddivesitybecause… and we can discuss there. This is optional, just adding your blog to the bottom of this post is enough for this requirement!
Here is what I am reading:
- Brown Girl Dreaming--Jacqueline Woodson
- Prozac Nation--Elizabeth Wurtzel (mental illness)
- The Alchemist--Paulo Coelho
- Kitchen Princess Omnibus Volume 1--Natsumi Ando
- War and Peace--Leo Tolstoy
- Letter to My Daughter--Maya Angelou
- The Education of Little Tree--Forrest Carter
- Murder in Little Italy--Victoria Thompson
- Far Away and Close to Home--Michael Katz
- Somewhere in the Darkness--Walter Dean Myers
- Little Bee--Chris Cleave
- To Kill a Mockingbird--Harper Lee
- Persepolis--Marjane Satrapi
- Persepolis 2--Marjane Satrapi
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?--Mindy Kaling
- A Cold Day for Murder--Dana Stabenow
- Everything I Never Told You--Celeste Ng
- I Am Malala--Malala Yousafzai
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot--Kim Barker
- Pink Slip--Rita Ciresi
- Walk Two Moons--Sharon Creech
- Deep Blue--Jennifer Donnelly
- A Sheetcake Named Desire--Jacklyn Brady
- 1968: The Year That Rocked the World--Mark Kurlansky
- Cress--Marissa Meyer
- Fairest--Marissa Meyer
- Winter--Marissa Meyer
- Stars Above--Marissa Meyer
- The Housekeeper and the Professor--Yoko Ogawa
- The Widow of the South--Robert Hicks
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel--Deborah Moggach
- On the Count of Three--Maureen Johnson
- Things Fall Apart--Chinua Achebe
- Gorky Park--Martin Cruz Smith
- Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia--Jean Sasson
- Princess Sultana's Daughters--Jean Sasson
- Princess Sultana's Circle--Jean Sasson
- Being Jazz--Jazz Jennings
- Eleanor & Park--Rainbow Rowell
- Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You Vol 1--Karuho Shiina
- Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You Vol. 2--Karuho Shiina
- Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You Vol. 3--Karuho Shiina
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty--A.N. Roquelaure
- Go Set a Watchman--Harper Lee
- The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseni
- Polar Star--Martin Cruz Smith
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove--Karen Russell
- The Ghost Bride--Yangsze Choo
- Anya's Ghost--Vera Brogsol
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer--Michelle Hodkin
- Lenobia's Vow--P.C. Cast
- Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad--Ann Hagedorn
- The Underground Railroad--Colson Whitehead
- I Was Here--Gayle Forman
- Red Square--Martin Cruz Smith
- Wolf Dreamer of the Longest Night Moon--Elayne Silva-Reyna
- Soul Eater: Vol.1--Atsushi Ohkubo
- Another Brooklyn--Jacqueline Woodson
- Empress Orchid--Anchee Min
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time--Mark Haddon
- From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun--Jacqueline Woodson
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan--Lisa See
- Carol--Patricia Highsmith
Challenge completed on December 25