The lovely Read at Midnight is hosting the #DAReadathon from Jan 1-15th, which is a Harry Potter reading challenge for promoting diversity in 2017! There’s heaps of diverse books that I would love to prioritise and pick up in 2017 and this challenge is the perfect motivation. EDIT: Jenna just informed me that this readathon only goes for 2 weeks, so I probably won’t get to pick up all of these books in this timeframe. I’ll still aim to read the books I’ve listed though 🙂
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Chinese families living in the Western world is definitely something that I relate to, and The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang sounds hilarious, outlandish and just like my favourite Crazy Rich Asians. I spotted it on The Book Satchel and am really looking forward to reading it!
It’s not often that I get to read about Latin America, Death Day and bisexual characters and it sounds like Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova has it all. I purchased it after reading the review from Read Diverse Books and it sounds like it coverse intersectional diversity really well.
This is a book that I’ve been meaning to read forever, especially since it’s a LGBT #ownvoices book that comes highly recommended by Jenna. I usually need a bit of encouragement to pick up books that punch you in the gut and I’m glad to be finally picking up More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, the struggles of two Muslim women from different walks of life really struck me in the feels. That’s why I bought And the Mountains Echoed which talks about women from all generations from around the globe taking care of each other.
Probably one of the first books I’ve ever added to my TBR about 4 years ago, Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin is an inspirational memoir about a Chinese boy from an extremely poor village in China pursuing his passion in America. I’m really glad to be finally picking this up for #DAReadathon and I can’t wait!
If you haven’t heard of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, about a Korean boy meeting a girl from Jamaica who is about to be deported, then I don’t know where you’ve been because it’s raved about all over the blogosphere. I’m a bit hesitant in reading this because of the insta-love, but I want to see if it’s something I can get behind for the sake of this diverse couple.
My fellow gamer and book blogger Read Think Ponder’s favourite book of the 2016 was Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, about a Chinese-Vietnamese girl with superpowers. I love the complexity described here and how it depicts college life asking thought-provoking questions about superheroes and identity.
I don’t know how many other Hufflepuffs are out there but never fear, Jeann is here! I’m sure we’re not in it to win it, because it’s scary to think about the amount of Slytherins and Ravenclaws out there meticulously counting their points for victory. I’m doing it for funsies okay.
Which Book Should I Read First?
- Labyrinth Lost (23%, 5 Votes)
- More Happy Than Not (23%, 5 Votes)
- The Sun is Also a Star (18%, 4 Votes)
- Mao's Last Dancer (14%, 3 Votes)
- And the Mountains Echoed (9%, 2 Votes)
- Not Your Sidekick (9%, 2 Votes)
- The Wangs vs the World (5%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 22
What are your picks for #DAReadathon? Any of these books catch your eye?
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