Diversity Bingo 2017

The second reading challenge I’m participating in this year is Diversity Bingo 2017. (You can read about my first reading challenge here.) I hope this challenge will help me read more diversely without focusing too much in one area (i.e. white gay men).

As of the original date of this post, I’ve read four books (with only one overlap with my other reading challenge). I’ll keep updating this post as I complete more books for this challenge!

Side note: I had an extremely difficult time finding an #ownvoices book with a pansexual main character. Then I found this post by Dahlia Adler/LGBTQ+ Reads about digging into an author’s sexuality when they may not want to publicly discuss it. For this category, I will be picking a book from Dahlia’s list and counting it as another great opportunity to read diversely.

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  • Romance with a Trans MC:
  • Non-Binary MC (OV):
  • SFF with Disabled MC:
  • Practicing Jewish MC:
  • Indian MC (OV):
  • Displaced MC:
  • MC with a Under-Represented Body:
  • Neuro-Diverse MC (OV):
  • Retelling with MC Belonging to LGBTQIA+:
  • Bixseual MC (OV):
  • MC with an Invisible Disability:
  • MC with Anaphylactic Allergy:
  • MC of Color in SFF:
  • Own Voices Latinx MC:
  • Free Choice: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • Non-Western (Real World) Setting:
  • Own Voices: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • MC with Chronic Pain:
  • West Asian Setting:
  • Arab MC (OV):
  • MC with Wheelchair:
  • Book by Author of Color:
  • Biracial MC (OV):
  • Pansexual MC (OV):
  • Black MC (OV): The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • MC on the Ace Spectrum (OV):
  • LGBTQIA+ MC of Color:
  • Visually Impaired MC:
  • Book set in Central America:
  • Contemporary World Arranged Marriage:
  • Indigenous MC (OV):
  • Diverse Non-Fiction:
  • POC on the Cover:
  • Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing MC:
  • Immigrant or Refugee MC: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Hijabi MC (OV):

Let me know if you’re participating in this reading challenge and which categories you’ve read so far!

~Virginia

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017

Along the trend of starting projects that I have no idea if I can complete with a new baby, I am participating in two reading challenges this year. First up is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge. I’m taking this challenge as an opportunity to read outside my comfort zone, and I’m trying to pull from my own books as much as possible. I did buy a handful of books expressly for this challenge, and I’ll be checking out the rest from my library.

As of the original date of this post, I’ve read four books towards this challenge. I’ll continue to update here as I finish more of the items on the list below. If you’re looking for recommendations, check out Book Riot’s suggestion articles and the Goodreads group.

  • Read a book about sports:
  • Read a debut novel:
  • Read a book about books:
  • Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author:
  • Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Read an all-ages comic:
  • Read a book published between 1900 and 1950:
  • Read a travel memoir:
  • Read a book you’ve read before: Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location:
  • Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location:
  • Read a fantasy novel:
  • Read a nonfiction book about technology:
  • Read a book about war:
  • Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+:
  • Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country:
  • Read a classic by an author of color:
  • Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
  • Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey:
  • Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel:
  • Read a book published by a micropress: Deer Woman by Elizabeth LaPensée (Native Realities Press)
  • Read a collection of stories by a woman:
  • Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love:
  • Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color:

Let me know if you’re participating in this reading challenge and some of the books on your list you’re excited to read!

~Virginia