Diverse Reading Goals

I'm continuing to be more intentional in the diverse books I read and to keep track of them in 2019, as inspired by Kayla Whaley. Here's my tracking progress for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

My diverse goals for 2018 are:
  • To focus, mainly, on reading more novels with disabled characters as protagonists. I only read 4 in 2018, so need to improve on this.
  • To read more novels with characters who have chronic/terminal illnesses/diseases/conditions as protagonists. I read 0 in 2018.
  • To continue read more books with protagonists from different religious/cultural backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • To read more books by POC authors than white authors.
  • To read more books by marginalised authors - even if the story isn't #OwnVoices.
  • To read books by authors who seem privileged - except for books about POC characters written by white authors. Not all all authors are open about their marginalisation.

Below are the books I've read. Some books might fall into several sections due to intersectional protags, multiple diverse protags, and #ownvoices authors.


Characters

LGBTQ*:

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake - Mara: Bisexual, secondary character - Charlie: Non-binary
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher - No labels; one character may be bisexual, another may be gay (saying who may be what will give away spoilers)
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy - No labels; Ari is attracted to all genders, Merlin is attracted to men
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron - Gay
Furyborn by Claire Legrand - Elianna: No lables, had sexual relationships with men and women, Rielle: No labels, is attracted to men and women.
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown - Sydney: Gay
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust - Lynet: No labels, same sex attraction
In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard - Yên: no labels, attracted to women, Vu Con: no labels, attracted to men and women.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - Niclays Roos: Gay, F/F relationship, not saying who because of spoilers
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence - Nona: No labels, attracted to men and women.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Rumi: Questioning asexual/aromantic.
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Leanne: Asexual.
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto - Sev: m/m attraction, possible bi/pansexual character and asexual side character, not saying who because of spoilers.
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand - Elianna: No lables, had sexual relationships with men and women, Rielle: No labels, is attracted to men and women.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Rukhsana: Lesbian
Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin (review to come) - Mae : Lesbian
Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan (review to come) - Maddie: Lesbian
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (review to come) - Violet: Bisexual

Polyamory:

Monsters by Sharon Dogar - Claire, Bysshe

POC:

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher - Juniper: Latina, Gavin: East Asian
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy - Ari ancestors were Arabian.
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron - Biracial; half British-Sri-Lankan, half white Scottish
In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard - All Vietnamese.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - All narrators except Roos, not 100% sure on races.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Rumi: Multiracial - quarter Hawaiian, quarter Japanese, half white.
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto - All: Light or dark brown skin.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao - All: East Asian inspired high fantasy
The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (review to come) - All: Middle Eastern inspired high fantasy
A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review to come) - Laia: Brown skin (South Asian inspired MC in high fantasy)
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - Bilal: British Pakistani & Pakistani
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Layla: Indian American
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Rukhsana: Bangladeshi American

Mental Illness:

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Rumi: Experiences a panic attack.
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Leanne: Anxiety, maybe PTSD.
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox (review to come) - Biz: No diagnoses given, but I assume depression, anxiety, and dissociation.

Class:

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow (review to come) - Tiger: Poverty stricken.

Disability:

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer - Harper: Cerebral Palsy

Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Religious Background:

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (review to come) - All: Muslim
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - The Hashams: Muslim
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Layla: Muslim
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Rukhsana: Muslim

Intersectional:

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Rumi: Questioning asexual/aromantic, Multiracial - quarter Hawaiian, quarter Japanese, half white.
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Leanne: Asexual, anxiety, and maybe PTSD.
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto - Sev: m/m attraction, possible bi/pansexual character and asexual side character, not saying who because of spoilers, all have light or dark brown skin.
The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (review to come) - All POC - Middle Eastern inspired high fantasy, Muslim
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - The Hashams: British Pakistani and Pakistani, Muslim
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Layla: Indian American, Muslim
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Rukhsana: Lesbian, Bangladeshi American, Muslim

Authors

LGBTQ*:

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake - Bisexual
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron - Gay
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy - Capetta: Queer, demi girl, McCarthy: Queer, non-binary
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown - Doesn't use a label, is attracted to both men and women
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger  - Biromantic, ace-spectrum.

POC:

Monsters by Sharon Dogar - British mixed race (Indian heritage)
In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard - French/Vietnamese descent.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao - Vietnamese American
A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review to come) - Pakistani American
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - British Pakistani
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Indian
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Bangladeshi

Mental Illness:

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Social anxiety.
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox (review to come) - Complex PTSD, anxiety disorder, dissociation disorder, and clinical depression.

Disability:

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Legally blind.

Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Religious Background:

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (review to come) - Muslim
A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review to come) - Muslim
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - Muslim
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Muslim
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Muslim

Intersectional:

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Social anxiety, Biracial; half-Japanese, half-white American
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Biromantic, ace-spectrum, and legally blind.
A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review to come) - Pakistani American, Muslim
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - British Pakistani, Muslim
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Indian, Mulism

#OwnVoices

LGBTQ*:

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake - Bisexual
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron - Gay
That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger - Ace-spectrum.

POC:

In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard - inspired by author's Vietnamese background.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao - Vietnamese American/East Asian inspired high fantasy
A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review to come) - Pakistani American/South Asian inspired MC.
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - British Pakistani
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Indian
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Bangladeshi

Mental Illness:

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox (review to come) - Complex PTSD, anxiety disorder, dissociation disorder, and clinical depression.

Disability:



Chronic/Terminal Illness/Disease/Condition:



Religious Background:

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (review to come) - Muslim
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (review to come) - Muslim
Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Muslim
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (review to come) - Muslim

Intersectional:

Internment by Samira Ahmed (review to come) - Indian, Muslim

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