There’s this readathon going on in the “Booktube” community called the diverseathon. It runs from Monday, September 12th through the 19th. The idea is you read books by people who are different from you, and/or people who identify as a minority in some sense. I really want to participate but I’m also way too exhausted to make videos right now, so I thought I’d do blog posts. Since reading can take me awhile, I’m going to give myself till the end of September to get through all the books on my list.
Diverseathon Reading List:
1.) Days of Awe by Achy Obejas
A Cuban woman traces her identity back to Sephardic Jews who converted to Catholicism to stay safe during the Spanish Inquisition. When most people think of Jews, they think of Eastern European Jews. So I thought this would be an interesting read.
2.) The Muslim Next Door by Sumbul Ali-Karamali
I realized I don’t know much about Islam, so I wanted to read this. The author delves into common myths about Islam.
3.) Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi
This is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Nigeria. It’s about a 15-year-old girl named Kambili who has an abusive father. She goes to live with her aunt and learns that there is so much more out there. I read this about ten years ago and I can’t wait to reread it!
4.) Sparks by S.J. Adams
A 16-year-old lesbian develops a crush on her religious best friend, and she bands together with a few other teenagers who don’t “fit in” and they create their own religion called the Church of Blue.
5.) Wandering Son by Takako Shimura
This is a graphic novel about a girl who wants to be a boy and a boy who wants to be a girl. I have only read a handful of graphic novels and books about people who identify as transgender so I’m really looking forward to this one.
6.) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana lead vastly different lives. One marries an English colonist and lives in comfort and affluence. The other is captured and sold into slavery in America. This book was mentioned in a few different YouTube videos I watched and I knew I had to get my paws on it! I don’t want to say it sounds interesting because it’s talking about slavery, but you know what I mean.
I’ll be back soon with Day 12 of the BEDS challenge, and if I can manage two posts tomorrow I will finally be caught up! 🙂