Reading Challenges

Diverse Reads Book Challenge


We could all use more information about the differences between us. I chose to do this challenge because learning more about various cultures, groups, ethnicities and lifestyles will make me a better person and more approachable, relatable and knowledgeable about the people that I’m helping every day. I work in a very diverse university and like everyone else I can fall into the same bubbles. This is one way of breaking out of that. The challenge is from Read.Sleep.Repeat. Whether or not you are participating in challenges or this one in particular, reading about people outside your own culture or experience can be enormously enlightening and fun, and I hope more people are taking the time to do similar challenges, to learn about the people around them, their perspectives and to remember that challenges like these are a way to start thinking about diversity but it isn’t tokenism. One story won’t give you the perspective of everyone from that group, but maybe you’ll learn something. I certainly hope I learn something from every book I read.

Here are the categories for the month:

January– diverse folklore/mythology (e.g. South Asian mythology, Russian folklore, Japanese folklore, Greek mythology, Chinese folklore, etc.)

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda

February– POC Main Character / Biracial / Multiracial

Fences by August Wilson

March– Main Characters with a Disability

Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

April– Mental Health

Once a Spy by Keith Thomson

May– religious diversity

June & July– sexuality and gender identity

August– non-Western setting

September– #ownvoices

October– Intersectionality

November– diverse retellings

December– 2017 Releases

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