Happy Monday, bibliophiles!
I haven’t talked much about diversity on this blog. However, it makes me unexplainably happy to see what the YA world is turning into. Everywhere I look, more and more, I’m seeing diversity pop up. 2017 has so many fantastic books going on sale. As someone who spent a lot of her childhood watching my favorite Disney shows and thinking I wasn’t pretty because I didn’t look like the characters, I know how important representation is. Seeing someone that looks like me battle dragons, teenage melodramas, and find love? That’s a beautiful thing! It’s inspiring to see a community that I love fight for the representation of people that look like me, and so many others! #WeNeedDiverseBooks
Onward! If you’re into book twitter (AND WHY WOULDN’T YOU BE??), you’ve probably heard of #DiversityDecBingo.
If you haven’t, however, I’ll give you the rundown:
Basically, the idea is to promote diverse authors and books. Mulitiple bookstagrammers/book bloggers/book-twitter people (is there a fancy name for that one?) went into creating this awesome challenge. As you can see above, diversity includes a LOT of stuff, even some I forget about. Your goal is to finish a line, whether up or down, or diagonal, just like a bingo card. It’s a pretty genius idea, of you ask me.
My plan is to do a row (the middle row, across, if you’re wondering!) and after I finish those five books (hopefully!), I’ll read a lot of other diverse reads I’ve got lined up! I have a HUGE library haul ready to be picked up, and I can’t wait!
Without further ado, here’s my TBR!
For Mental Health Awareness, I’ve picked All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
I feel like I’m the last YA reader in the universe to read this one! I’ve been wanting to pick it up since it came out and I am FINALLY doing it! There’s a lot of hype surrounding it, so hopefully it lives up!
For Asian Main Character, I chose The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.
Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies! Originally, when I picked up The Wrath and the Dawn earlier this year, I assumed it was an Aladdin retelling (it was actually an A Thousand Arabian Nights retelling). However, this one even includes Aladdin in the plot!!! So!!! Yes!!! Excited!!! Side note: I did really want to read Not Your Sidekick for this square, but they don’t have it in stock at my library :(.
For my Free Space, I’m reading Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt.
I AM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TO GET THIS BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY. A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story between an undocumented immigrant and a wealthy, white Southerner? COUNT ME IN.
For the Own Voices square, I’m picking up More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
I had no clue this was Own Voices until recently. The premise sounds incredible, and I have read nothing but scintillating reviews for this book! Let’s do it!
And last, but not least, for the Non-Western (real world) Setting, I’m grabbing Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.
I have never read a book with a Pakistani main character. This one would technically still fall under the Asian Main Character spot as well. I honestly don’t know much about the inner-workings of arranged marriage, and I think this book is going to be really enlightening! PLUS that cover ❤ ❤
Now, as I mentioned before, I have a whole lot of other diverse books on my TBR for next month. However, despite the Christmas break, I just know I will not get to all of these BUT, it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Here are some of the diverse reads I’m hoping to pick up:
Are you participating in #DiversityDecBingo? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What did you think of them? Do you have any diverse books that you live for? Tell me in comments! 🙂