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Diversathon and then some

Posted by Dee ^_^ on September 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM

 aka September Anticipated Reads

So my twitter feed has been filled with talk about something called #Diversathon and the overwhelming need for diversity in literature and I thought that now was as good a time as any to get involved. I have always felt that there weren't enough POC in the books that have been hyped recently but I just figured that it is what it is and there wasn't much that could be done for it. Until now.

For those of you who may not know, Diversathon is a newly created readathon that is set to take place during the 12th - 19th of September where you are required to read books that are centered around/written by POC or where the characters are not representing the generic cis/heterosexual POV.

In case that explanation was just too shit for you to understand, here's a link that clears it up and gives a background as to why it was started in the first place. 

These are the books that I hope to read this month because, let's face it, by the time this post goes up there's only one more day of the Diversathon left so there's no way I'll be done with them all in one day. The ones that are considered diverse reads are marked with (D). 

1. Mirage by Tracy Clark (D)

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller

2. Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan (D)

Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.

And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the city’s vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (D)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.


In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.


And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.


Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.


When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

4. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (D)

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.


Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.


Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.


Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (BOTM for one of my Goodreads groups)

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...


A convict with a thirst for revenge.


A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.


A runaway with a privileged past.


A spy known as the Wraith.


A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.


A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.


Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

6. A Darker Shade of Magic (Because Victoria Schwab)

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.


Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.


But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

7. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.


The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.


They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Then there are the reads that I started last month that I hope to finish this month:


  • Challenger Deep
  • Sorceress by Michael Scott




 Here are some more suggestions for diverse reads if anyone's interested: 

  • Archipelago by Monique Roffey (D)
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (D)
  • Night Calypso by Lawrence Scott (D)
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (D)
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines [or anything by him] (D)
  • And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (D)
  • The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes (D)
  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (D)
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson (D)
  • Cold Ennaline by R J Astruc (D)
  • Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora by Sheree Thomas (D)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (D)
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (D)
  • My Soul to Keep (African Immortals) by Tananarive Due (D)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (D)
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (D) (out October 2016)
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon (D)
  • Kindred by Octavia E Butler (D)
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (D)
  • 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (D)
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (D)
  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (D)
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (D)
  • Pretty by Justin Sayre (D)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (D)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (D)
  • Coffee Will Make yOu Black by April Sinclair (D)


 Until next time, Go read a book!!!

Categories: TBR, Book Recommendation, Readathon/Challenge

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