I’ve been chopping and changing my reading list over the last couple weeks, but I think I’ve finally gotten a pretty solid hold on what I’m going to read. Some of these are books I already owned or planned to read anyway. Other ones I’ve only heard about because of this reading challenge. Most are YA, but a few aren’t.
First, for those unaware, Diversity Bingo 2017 is a Twitter-based reading challenge dedicated to reading more diverse books. The aim is to fill all 36 squares, but the organisers do encourage people to still participate on a smaller scale if that’s too many. Here’s the sheet:
And here is what I’m planning to read for each square (disclaimer: I’m not an expert so while I don’t think these books have bad rep as far as I know, I could be wrong). Thanks to Anjulie for telling me about Canva so I could actually at some artistic decency to my blog posts.
Romance w/ a trans MC: Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
Nonbinary MC (ownvoices): Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (this was originally something else that wasn’t ownvoices because I am a goof)
SFF w/ disabled MC: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Practicing Jewish MC: Wide Awake by David Levithan
Indian MC (ownvoices): When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Displaced MC: Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson
MC w/ an underrepresented body: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy–I’m changing this one to Ida by Alison Evans because I’m reading it for a book club anyway and it saves me having to buy another book. If the rep sucks, I’ll shell out for Dumpin’.
Neurodiverse MC (ownvoices): History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (OCD character and author)
Retelling w/ MC belonging to LGBTQIA+: Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Bisexual MC (ownvoices): Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
MC w/ an invisible disability: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
MC w/ and anaphylactic allergy: My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
MC of colour in SFF: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Ownvoices Latinx MC: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Free choice: Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – I’ve read this one now. It was racist and biphobic as well as having some major plot issues. Here’s my review. So I’m going to use Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember for this category instead.
Non-western (real world) setting: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Ownvoices: The Flywheel by Erin Gough (also known as Get It Together, Delilah!)
MC w/ chronic pain: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
West Asian setting: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah (I originally had The Girl From the Well here but I got my geography mixed up. That’s not set in West Asia at all.)
Arab MC (ownvoices): Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
MC w/ wheelchair: The Defectives by Burgandi Rakoska
Book by author of colour: Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera
Biracial MC (ownvoices): The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Pansexual MC (ownvoices): The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis–I got in touch with the author who tells me this book isn’t ownvoices. Given I haven’t been able to find any that are and people better-versed haven’t had luck either, I’m going to drop the ownvoices part of this category.
Black MC (ownvoices): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
MC on the ace spectrum (ownvoices): Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari
LGBTQIA+ MC of colour: Not Your Sidekick By CB Lee — I ended up reading Noteworthy (here’s my review) instead, but I’ve still heard good things about this book so the rec still stands for anyone using my list for ideas.
Visually impaired MC: Run by Kody Keplinger
Book set in Central America: The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez
Contemporary World arranged marriage: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Indigenous MC (ownvoices): The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Diverse non-fiction: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
PoC on the cover: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
D/dEAF/hard of hearing MC: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
Immigrant or refugee MC: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Hijabi MC (ownvoices): Does My Head Look Big in This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
I might still change some of these, depending on if I find something else that sounds more up my alley. Some categories, such as the LGBTQIA retelling category, proved difficult since I’ve already read so many LGBTQIA retelling because of the 12 days of diversity challenge I took part in last year. The LGBTQIA character in the book I chose is the slightly less main character out of the two POVs, but I’m going easy on myself on that front because I do have quite a few queer reads anyway.
Hopefully this list will help anyone still struggling to find books for all the categories.