Here we go again!
I seem to always find out about Read-A-Thon’s I want to join the day before they start. I really wasn’t planning on doing another one so soon after #ReadThemAllThon but I’m willing to do it for this.
The #DiverseAThon is the reaction of four lovely, amazing ladies to the video questioning and putting diversity down that’s been going around lately.
I haven’t seen the video, nor do I intend to give it any attention (it doesn’t need another view, I’m sure) beyond supporting diversity in literature and in life.
I owe my open-minded inclination to inclusivity to reading. I’ve learned more than I even realize about the world and all of the different people that live in it from reading a wide selection of diverse books. These books have fueled my desire to travel and experience different peoples and cultures outside the United States.
Diversity will always have a place and purpose in literature. Whether it be sexuality, race, religion, socio-economic…etc, a person cannot go through life without experiencing diversity.
That being said! Here’s my TBR for this week long Read-A-Thon, starting September 12th and ending September 19th in which you can discover exactly what diversity means to you. There aren’t any challenges, the only guidelines being that it’s a week long and you read and discuss diverse books.
Links to the hostesses YouTube announcements:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Sabaa Tahir identifies as a “British-born, American-raised South-Asian descended writer,” which makes her extremely diverse to me. I’m not sure how much diversity is within the book itself, but I feel it is every bit as important to support diverse authors as it is to support diverse content and characters!
This book has also been on my TBR forever, and being so late to the party, I already had it on hand.
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I loved the Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the world, diversity, and learning about Middle Eastern culture through a Fantasy book.
The sequel is sure to be every bit as diverse. Not only is the book and characters diverse, but Ahdieh is also of mixed race.
I adore her writing and the way she supports diversity in her books and makes it incredibly magical.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I have been needing to read this book for months. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I support everything that is LGBTQ+, and always will.
I love seeing more and more LGBTQ+ because I remember a time when the only place I could easily find such topics was diving through the depths of Mibba and Wattpad.
My TBR’s are ALWAYS ambitious. Reading 3 books (including the semi-mammoth that is An Ember in the Ashes) in the span of a week, working full time, working out, and keeping up with my blog and bookstagram just doesn’t seem possible! But I’ll do my best. I love that we’re all coming together to support diversity in the best way we know how!