#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*:



POC:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Indian-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

Disability:



Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Muslim

Intersectional:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Maya: Indian-American, Muslim

Authors

LGBTQ*:



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

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

Disability:



Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Muslim

Intersectional:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Indian, Muslim

#OwnVoices

LGBTQ*:



POC:



Immigrants/Refugees:



Mental Illness:

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - Depression and Anxiety

Disability:



Neurodiversity/Neuroatypical:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Cultural/Religious Background:

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - Muslim

Intersectional:

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