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
  36. Carry On--Rainbow Rowell
  37. Luckiest Girl Alive--Jessica Knoll
  38. Reading Lolita in Tehran--Azar Nafisi
  39. The View From Saturday--E.L. Konigsburg
  40. The Glass Castle--Jeannette Walls
  41. The Rum Diary--Hunter S. Thompson
  42. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
  43. The Hate U Give--Angie Thomas
  44. Dragon of the Red Dawn--Mary Pope Osborne
  45. Monday With a Mad Genius--Mary Pope Osborne
  46. Dark Day in the Deep Sea--Mary Pope Osborne
  47. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life--Benjamin Alire Saenz
  48. Who's That Girl--Blair Thornburgh
  49. Interpreter of Maladies--Jhumpa Lahiri
  50. Southern Discomfort--Rita Mae Brown
  51. Chanda's Secrets--Allan Stratton
  52. Little House on the Prairie--Laura Ingalls Wilder
  53. Beautiful Ruins--Jess Walter
  54. I Can't Make This Up--Kevin Hart
  55. Holding Up the Universe--Jennifer Niven
  56. Everyone's Dead But Us--Mark Richard Zubro
  57. Ming Tea Murder--Laura Childs
  58. Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song--Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
  59. The Importance of Being Earnest--Oscar Wilde
  60. The Shack--William Paul Young
  61. Ghosts--Raina Telgemeier
  62. Goodbye, Vitamin--Rachel Khong
  63. The Turn of the Screw--Henry James
  64. The Way to Paradise--Mario Vargas Llosa
  65. Blood Red, Snow White--Marcus Sedgwick
  66. The Nix--Nathan Hill
  67. Dear Martin--Nic Stone
  68. Desperately Seeking Paradise--Ziauddin Sardar
  69. The Apple Orchard--Susan Wiggs
  70. Drama--Raina Telgemeier
  71. Life Studies--Susan Vreeland
Calling challenge complete on December 19



Stephanie Faris said...

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!

Sandra Cox said...

This is a great idea.