A couple of years ago, Aarti from Booklust, started a fantastic event called A More Diverse Universe (#Diversiverse for short) in the spirit of reading diversely. Originally, this event was aimed at reading sci-fi and fantasy by authors of color, but this year Aarti is opening up the reading opportunities even further.
For those who have not heard about #Diversiverse before, it's a very simple challenge. For those of you who have participated in the past, it's even easier this year. The criteria are as follows:
I made it one of my goals to read more diversely in 2014. I've met with mixed success since my reading has been kind of weird this year in general, but I am DEFINITELY in for #Diversiverse. Since the reading is open to any genre this year, I have some decisions to make!
I know I will be reading from my very own TBR or the university library because I don't need any more books in my house, and I have scads of diverse authors represented. Now they just need to be read. Looking over my Goodreads list, these are a few of the contenders:
We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, has been on my TBR for a while now. This Booker shortlist title from last year is calling to me.
Second Hand Smoke, by Thane Rosenbaum, represents the way children of the Holocaust inherit that history of atrocity from their parents. I loved The Golem of Gotham, so this read is long overdue.
This One Summer, by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, looks too good to pass up. I keep seeing it on various comics sites, and I have to get ahold of it (from the library).