I’m not 100% committing to any challenge in 2017 but I have decided to tick books off on Book Riot’s Read Harder and the Diversity Bingo lists, partly because I’d like to be more aware of my failings before the end of the year when it comes to reading more widely. I’m less concerned about the LGBTQ+ diversity as I think I’m doing OK with that.
I’m not going to be reading anything for the soul purpose of completing an item though, I have to want to read it regardless.*
1. Read a book about sports.
2. Read a debut novel: Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
3. Read a book about books: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: American Street by Ibi Zoboi
6. Read an all-ages comic.
7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
8. Read a travel memoir: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
9. Read a book you’ve read before: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location: The Last Hours by Minette Walters
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
12. Read a fantasy novel: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14. Read a book about war.
15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+: Margot & Me by Juno Dawson
16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
17. Read a classic by an author of color.
18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey .
20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
21. Read a book published by a micropress: The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang (The Book Smugglers)
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Romance with a Trans Main Character: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Non-Binary Main Character (Own Voices)
Science Fiction/Fantasy with Disabled Main Character
Practicing Jewish Main Character
Indian Main Character (Own Voices): Out of Heart by Irfan Master
Displaced Main Character
Main Character with Under Represented Body: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Neuro-diverse Main Character (Own Voices): Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Retelling with an LGBTQIA+ Main Character: The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang
Bisexual Main Character (Own Voices): Masquerade by Laura Lam
Main Character with an Invisible Disability
Main Character with an Anaphylactic Allergy
Main Character of Colour in Science Fiction/Fantasy: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Latinx Main Character (Own Voices): Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Free Choice: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Non Western (Real World) Setting: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Own Voices: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Main Character with Chronic Pain: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
West Asian Setting: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Arab Main Character (Own Voices)
Main Character with a Wheelchair
Book by an Author of Colour: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Biracial Main Character (Own Voices)
Pansexual Main Character (Own Voices)
Black Main Character (Own Voices): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Main Character on the Ace Spectrum
(Own Voices): Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
LGBTQIA+ Main Character of Colour
Visually Impaired Main Character: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Book Set in Central America: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Contemporary World Arranged Marriage: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Indigenous Main Character (Own Voices)
Diverse Non-Fiction: March Book One by John Lewis
Person of Colour on the Cover: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Deaf / Hard of Hearing Main Character: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Immigrant/Refugee Main Character: American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Hijabi Main Character (Own Voices): Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
*This means I’m unlikely to tick off that sports one!