#DiverseReadingGoals

I was inspired by Kayla Whaley to be more intentional in the diverse books I read in 2016, and to also keep proper track of what I was reading, and I'm continuing this in 2017. This is where I'll keep track of the diverse books I read this year.

My diverse reading goals for 2017 are:
  • To improve, generally, on my diverse reading in 2016. (Link to overview to come at the end of the year.)
    • To read more novels with disabled characters as protagonists. I read only 6 in 2016, which isn't nearly as many as I'd have liked.
    • To read more novels with characters who have chronic illnesses as protagonists. I did pretty poorly on this in 2016 with onely 1, so I'll be striving to read more.
    • To read more novels with characters who identify as the lesser represented LGBTQ identities as protagonists, I.E. asexual, bisexual, pansexual characters. Again, another area I didn't do as well in as I would have liked in 2016, just 2 books. Must be improved on in in 2017.
    • To continue to seek out more novels featuring people of colour as protagonists, and improve on last year's number of 13.
    • To continue to seek out more #OwnVoices novels, and improve on last year's number of 13 authors.
  • To read more novels with characters from cultural and/or religious backgrounds. I'm not finding as many of these novels in the books I'm coming across, so I'm going to have to start seeking them out; if they're aren't any that I'm being made aware of through publishers/blogging friends that are coming out in 2017, I'll have to look for backlist titles.
  • To read more novels by authors from marginalised backgrounds in general. Not necessarily just #OwnVoices novels.
Below are the books I've read. Some books might fall into several sections due to intersectional characters, multiple diverse main characters, and #ownvoices authors.
2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
Mishma of Chasing Faerytales
and Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat
are hosting the 2017 Diverse Books
Reading Challenge. The aim is
to challenge yourself to read
diverse books - no levels or points.

Read Diverse 2017
Nazahet of Read Diverse Books
is hosting Read Diverse 2017
reading and reviewing challenge.
The aim is to read more diverse
books that fit a certain criteria,
detailed on the page linked.
I Read Diverse Books 5 points badge I Support Diverse Books 10 points badgeDiverse Book Blogger 20 points badge

As I'm already tracking my progress of diverse reading in 2017 here, I'm linking to the challenge here.

Characters

LGBTQ:

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - Secondary character: Lola (Lesbian)
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom - Spoiler
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - Sam (Trans)
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel - Poppy (Trans)
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff - Sulani (Lesbian), Secondary character: Estegi (Intersex)
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - Aki (Bisexual), Secondary character: Christa (Pansexual), Secondary character: Jake (Bisexual)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera - Griffin (Gay), Secondary character: Theo (Bisexual), Secondary character: Jackson (Gay)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova - Alex (attracted to guys and girls, but no label given)
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (gay - though not stated on page; see review for more)
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate - Jordan (Bisexual)
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember - Ersel (Bisexual)

Polyamory:



POC:

Our Chemical Heart by Krystal Sutherland - Secondary character: Lola (Biracial: half-Chinese, half-Haitian)
The Memory Book by Lara Avery - Secondary character: Stuart (Indian-American)
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - Wing (Biracial; half-Chinese, half-American-Ghanaian), and various secondary characters.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard - Love interest: Rhys (Biracial; half-white-English, half-Guyanese)
A Trafic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom - Various
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - Miel (Latina), Sam (Italian-Pakistani)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber - Love interest: Julian (High fantasy novel - race isn't mentioned, but he has brown skin)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig - Nix (Hapa/Biracial; half-Chinese, half-white-American), various secondary characters.
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff - Garai and Orseola (made up races for high fantasy; Garai is red-brown skinned with white hair, Orseola has dark skin)
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - Aki (Black)
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng - Alex (Biracial; half-Filipino, half-white-American)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Starr (Black)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova - Alex (Latina)
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste - Corinne (Caribbean)
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate - Jordan (Chinese-American)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (South Asian inspired fantasy characters)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistani)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Afghan)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (British Pakistani)

Immigrants/Refugees:

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Afghan refugee)

Mental Health:

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard - Steffi (Anxiety & selective mutism)
A Trafic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom - Mel (Bipolar)
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones - Liesl (Bipolar)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig - Secondary character: Slate (Bipolar)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera - Griffin (OCD)

Disability:

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - Love interest: Grace (injured leg in a car accident, uses a cane to walk)
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard - Rhys (deaf)
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom - Parker (blind)
A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern - Belinda (developmental disabilities)

Neurodiverstity:

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas - Grace (Asperger's syndrome)

Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease:

The Memory Book by Lara Avery - Sammie (Niemann-Pick Type C)
Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer - Charlotte (Type 1 Diabetes)

Faith:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Secondary character: Max (Jewish)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (Muslim)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Muslim)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Muslim)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Muslim)

Class:

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate - Jordan's family are impoverished, on benefits.

Intersectional:

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - Secondary character: Lola (Biracial: half-Chinese, half-Haitian, Lesbian)
A Trafic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom - Spoiler
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - Sam (Trans, Italian-Pakistani)
Our Own Universe by Robin Talley - Aki (Bisexual, Black)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera - Griffin (Gay, OCD)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani, Muslim)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistani, Muslim)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Muslim, Afghan, refugee)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (British Pakistani, Muslim)

Authors

LGBTQ:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (Queer, demisexual)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Pansexual, not cis)
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (Queer)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Gay)
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Bisexual)
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (Bisexual)

Polyamorous:

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember

POC:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Biracial; half-white-American, half-Korean)
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (Latina)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Hapa/Biracial; half-Chinese, half-white-American)
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (Chinese)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Latino)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Black)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Códova (Latina)
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Caribbean)
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Biracial; half-Irish, half-Chinese)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Biracial; half-Indian, half-Filipino)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (South Asian descended)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Iranian-American)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistan)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Biracial; half-Palestinian, half-Egyptian)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Biracial; half-Pakistani, half-Indian)
salt. by Nayyirah Waheed (Black)

Mental Health:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Bipolar)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Bipolar)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Depression)

Disability:



Neurodiversity:

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (Asperger's syndrome)

Chronic Illness/Disease:



Faith:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Muslim)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Muslim)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (Muslim)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Muslim)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Muslim)
salt. by Nayyirah Waheed (Muslim)

Class:


Intersectional:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - (Queer, demisexual, Latina)
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Biracial; half-white-American, half-Korean, bipolar)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Pansexual, not cis, Hapa/biracial; half-Chinese, half-white-American, bipolar)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Gay, Latino, Depression)
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (Bisexual, Polyamorous)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (South Asian descended, Muslim)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Iranian-American, Muslim)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani, Muslim)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistani, Muslim)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Biracial; half-Palestinian, half-Egyptian, Muslim)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Biracial; half-Pakistani, half-Indian, Muslim)
salt. by Nayyirah Waheed (Black, Muslim)

#OwnVoices

(authors of marginalised groups writing about the same marginalised groups)

LGBTQ:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Gay)
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Bisexual)
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (Bisexual)

Polyamorous:



POC:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (Latina)
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Hapa/biracial; half-Chinese, half-white-American)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Black)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Latina)
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Caribbean)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistani)

Mental Health:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Bipolar)

Disability:



Neurodiversity:

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (Asperger's syndrome)

Chronic Illness/Disease:



Faith:

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (Muslim)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Muslim)
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Muslim)
Out of Heart by Irfan Master (Muslim)

Class:



Intersectional:

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (British Pakistani, Muslim)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (American Pakistani, Muslim)

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