I decided to join the ‘Diverse Reads’ Reading Challenge hosted by Mishma from Chasing Faerytales and Shelly from Read.Sleep.Repeat. The challenge will run from January 1 through December 31, 2016. Use the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 for updates. I love finding diverse books to read, so even though I’m already committed to over a dozen reading challenges, I had to join this one.
- Read books that are diverse.
- The Main Character must be part of a diverse group*
*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. (Books set in a different country, but features a white MC won’t be considered as diverse here.)
- #Ownvoices stories (stories about marginalized groups written by a member of that marginalized group) are widely encouraged as well! Promoting diverse books by diverse authors is important.
- If the book is a fantasy, it can be based on/inspired by a diverse mythology or folklore
- If the book is sci-fi or dystopia, it has to be based on a dystopian country that’s not USA.
- Intersectionality is encouraged.
- The novels don’t have to be YA
There are themes every couple of months (but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the themes while reading):
January to March: Ethnic diversity
April to June: LGBTQIA + diversity
July to September: Religious diversity
October to December: Mental and physical health and disabilities
There will be a link up on the blogs by the end of each season where you can add your reviews of diverse books. You can also include non-review diverse focused posts such as discussion posts, a list of recommendations etc., and add those posts to the link up as well. You can find a list of diverse novels here on this google doc from the hosts.
And if you have any questions/want to know whether a book will count for the challenge, feel free to tweet either of the hosts: Misha (@chasingfaes) and Shelly (@shellysrambles).