I'm always looking to diversify my reading list and today I stumbled upon Thien Kim's blog, From the Left to Write. She is offering up this great reading challenge for the year and I'm in. I'll let you know what I'm reading, make recommendations of favorites in each category and invite you to come along for the #ReadDiverseLit ride!
This is what Thien Kim has come up with and I'm excited to get started. Will post about what I'm reading now soon (hint: it's #10 on this list).
2016 Diversity Reading Challenge Checklist:
- Contemporary book with a person of color on the cover (set in present day)
- Historical fiction about marginalized group (due to race, ethnicity, gender, mental ability, physical ability)
- Book in which character suffers from mental illness
- Graphic novel featuring protagonists of color
- Book written by or about someone with spectrum disorder
- Romance novel with main character of color
- Book of poetry by LGBT writer
- Science fiction or fantasy with female main character of color
- Book in which a main character has a physical disability
- Memoir or biography by or about a diverse author
- Book with a main character who is mixed race
- Novel with an LGBT main character
What qualifies as a diverse book?
Diverse books include books about or written by (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.