Last reading challenge for 2018! This one will overlap the other two, obviously based on when the book was published. I didn’t quite make my goal in this challenge last year, but the diverse books challenge I participated in really helped bring a lot of books to my attention that I might not otherwise have heard about. Yes, I cut way back on the number challenges I’m participating in this year, but I feel that diverse books are so important I really couldn’t leave them out.
Sadly, Chasing Faerytales and Read.Sleep.Repeat didn’t renew their diverse books challenge this year (life happens, I totally get it, but they did such a fantastic job last year I was really hoping they would be able to continue!), so I had to find another one. So, for 2018 I’m joining the Platypire Diversity Challenge.
I love that their monthly theme lists are on GoodReads! Also that I apparently own a book for the January challenge, which is Biracial Awareness. Speaking of monthly theme lists:
Speaking from the POV of someone who is in the majority, as far as race and sexual orientation, I think it is so so so soooo important for us to read outside of our own comfort zones. There is so much more to the world than just our personal viewpoint and experiences. Too many people have been silenced for too long. I want to do a full post on this at some point, but this fabulous quote from a post on SwoonReads by Christine Barcellona puts it better than I can right now:
Diverse books empower, vindicate, normalize, and make visible readers who might otherwise feel forgotten, invisible, or like they’re imposters whose stories don’t deserve to be told…[and] because the world contains more than one story.