Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Chasing Fairytales will again be hosting the Diverse Reads Challenge.  Click to sign up and see more info.

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!


The main character - or one of the leads, who preferably has a POV - has to belong to a diverse group. According to the definition of We Need Diverse Books
"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.
*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."
Furthermore if you have any doubt regarding whether a book is diverse or not, feel free to ask either Shelly or Me via twitter. I am @chasingfaes and Shelly is @shellysrambles.

Here is what I am reading:

  1. City of Women--David R. Gilliam
  2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before--Jenny Han
  3. More Brains Than Bullets/The Road to Casas Piedras/West of Dodge--Louis L'Amour
  4. Epic of Gilgamesh
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--Rebecca Skloot
  6. Quicksand--Nella Larsen
  7. Are You My Mother?--Alison Bechtel
  8. The Blacker the Berry--Wallace Thurman
  9. Openly Bob--Bob Smith
  10. I Got the Rhythm--Connie Schofield Morrion
  11. El Deaf--Cece Bell
  12. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer--Carole Boston Weatherford
  13. Fish in a Tree--Lynda Mullally Hunt
  14. Lipstick Jihad--Azadeh Maven
  15. Ash--Malinda Lo
  16. Let's Dance a Waltz Vol. 1--Natsumi Ando
  17. If You Come Softly--Jacqueline Woodson
  18. Nothing--Robin Friedman
  19. La Cucina--Lily Prior
  20. Orphan Train--Christina Baker Kline
  21. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly--Jean-Dominique Bauby
  22. Willow Weep for Me--Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
  23. The Rules Do Not Apply--Ariel Levy
  24. Yaqui Delgado Want to  Kick Your Ass--Meg Medina
  25. Britt-Marie Was Here--Fredrik Backman
  26. Everything, Everything--Nicola Yoon
  27. We Are the Goldens--Dana Reinhardt
  28. Ice Bound--Dr. Jeri Nielsen
  29. Crossing to Safety--Wallace Stegner
  30. The Oregon Trail--Rinker Buck
  31. I'll Give You the Sun--Jandy Nelson
  32. Crime and Punishment--Fyodor Dostoevsky
  33. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls--Lynn Weingarten
  34. This Is Where It Ends--Marieke Nijkamp
  35. The Secrets of My Life--Caitlyn Jenner


  1. For those who read middle grade, Jo Whittemore has a series called Confidentially Yours with diverse leads. There are SO many other examples these days, but that's the first one that came to mind!