#DiverseReadingGoals

I'm continuing to be more intentional in the diverse books I read and to keep track of them in 2018, as inspired by Kayla Whaley. Here's my tracking progress for 2017 and 2016.

My diverse goals for 2018 are:
  • To improve, generally, on my diverse reading in 2017.
    • To read more novels with mentally ill characters as protagonists. As someone who has a mental illness, I was surprised how few I'd read in 2017 - only 8. Hoping to improve on this in 2018.
    • To read more novels with neurodiverse/neuroatypical characters as protagonists. Just 3 in 2017, so really need to pick up moer in 2018.
    • To continue to read more novels with disabled characters as protagonists. Again, I only read 6 books with disabled protagonists last year. Need to do better.
    • To continue to read more novels with characters who have chronic/terminal illnesses/diseases/conditions as protagonists. I improved in 2017, but only read 3. So I want to get that number higher.
    • To continue read more books with protagonists from different religious/cultural backgrounds. I read 9 in 2017, and would really like to improve on this.
    • To continue with the improvement made in 2017 for novels with POC protagonists. I did pretty well in 2017 - 28 POC protags (as opposed to 13 POC protags in 2016) - and I'd love to continue this streak in 2018.
    • To continue with the improvement made in 2017 for novels with lesser represented LGBTQ* protags (and LGBTQ* protags in general). Last year I read 16 LGBTQ* protags, 13 of which had lesser represented LGBTQ* protags. I improved on the lesser represented identities, as I read only 3 in 2016, but for LGBTQ* protags in general, the number is pretty low. So I'd like to improve both.
  • To read more books with intersectional characters. Because not all, but many people are from more than one marginalised group, and my reading should reflect this. Also, I'm not a fast reader, so intersectional characters may help me with meeting my other goals.
  • To continue to read more marginalised authors, but to focus less on #OwnVoices. My reasons for this is that not all authors are public about the marginalised groups they belong to. I'll still keep track of the #OwnVoices authors I read, but I won't necessarily be looking for them.
  • To read - instead of overlook - diverse books by authors who seem "privileged". For the same reasons as above. An author may seem to be writing out of their lane, but we don't necessarily know this to be fact.
Not exactly #DiverseReadingGoals, but I hope to read more books by authors outside of the UK and US, more translations, and more books set in other countries. You can see how I'm doing on my Where Authors are From, Translated Reads, and Where Books are Set pages.

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.

Characters

LGBTQ*:

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Corey: Asexual, Kyra: Pansexual
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Secondary character - Cassie: Gay.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan - North: no label given, attracted to Callanish, Callanish: no label given, attracted to North
Vanished by E. E. Cooper (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kalah: Bisexual
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Logan: Gay

POC:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Indian-American
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Leila: Black, secondary character - Sarika: South Asian.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton - Camellia: Black
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kiko: Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Zach: Biracial; half-Latino, half-white.
Vanished by E. E. Cooper (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kalah; Biracial, half-Indian-American, half white-American
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan - Leigh: Biracial; half-Taiwanese, half-white-American
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Emily: Latina
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Louis & Willa (secondary character): Biracial; half-Indian, half-White American. Arrow (secondary character): Vietnamese.
I Stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter - Ellie: Latina (mother is Puerto Rican, father is of Peruvian descent)
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Autumn: Korean-American, Shay: Black, Dante (secondary character): Latino
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Clarrisa: East Asian-American

Immigrants/Refugees:



Mental Illness:

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Craig: Depression and Anxiety
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Kyra: Bipolar
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Molly: Anxiety
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt  (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Morgan: Agoraphobia and Anxiety.
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Leila: Seasonal Affective Disorder.
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Peter: Severe Anxiety.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kiko: Social Anxiety.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Zach: Alcoholism, Anxiety, Depression.
Vanished by E. E. Cooper (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kalah: OCD and Anxiety
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Emily and Elizabeth: Depression
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Louis: Anxiety
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Autumn: Depression, Shay: Anxiety and panic attacks, Logan: self-medicating with alcohol
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Clarrisa: OCD, Ben: Bipolar and Disassociation, Stella: Depression, Andrew: Anorexia, Mason: Narcissitic Personality Disorder

Disability:

Mosquitoland by David Arnold - Mim: Blind in one eye.
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Willa (secondary character): Amputee; uses prosthese on both legs, and a wheelchair.

Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:

The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen - Malin: Undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Muslim
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Molly: Jewish, Secondary character - Cassie: Jewish

Intersectional:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Indian-American, Muslim
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Kyra: Pansexual, Bipolar
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Molly: Anxiety, Jewish, Secondary character - Cassie: Gay, Jewish.
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Leila: Black, Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kiko: Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American, Social Anxiety.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Zach: Biracial; half-Latino, half-white, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Depression.
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Emily: Latina, Depression.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Autumn: Korean-American and Depression, Shay: Black and Anxiety and panic attacks, Logan: Gay and self-medicating with alcohol.
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Clarrisa: East Asian-American and OCD

Authors

LGBTQ*:

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Queer, Non-Binary
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan - Queer
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Gay

POC:

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry - Mestiza (Father is half Puerto Rican and half Anglo, mother is Mexican-American.)
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Indian
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton - Black
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kiko: Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Latino
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan - Taiwanese-American
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Latina
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Black
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - East Asian-American

Immigrants/Refugees:



Mental Illness:

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Depression and Anxiety
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Bulimia, Anxiety, and Depression
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Social Anxiety.
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Depression and Anxiety

Disability:

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Disabled

Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Muslim
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Jewish

Intersectional:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Indian, Muslim
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - Queer, Non-Binary, Disabled
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American, Social Anxiety.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Gay, Latino.
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - East Asian-American and Depressiona and Anxiety

#OwnVoices

LGBTQ*:

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan - Queer

POC:

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton - Black
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Black
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) East Asian-American

Immigrants/Refugees:



Mental Illness:

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Depression and Anxiety.
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Anxiety.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Social Anxiety.
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Anxiety and Depression.

Disability:



Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Muslim
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Jewish

Intersectional:

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Kiko: Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American, Social Anxiety.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - Autumn: Korean-American, Shay: Black, Dante (secondary character): Latino
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (review to come as part of Mental Illness in YA Month) - East Asian-American and Anxiety and Depression

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