This challenge is being hosted by Uma who blogs over at Books. Bags. Burgers and you can sign up for it here.
The diversity discussion is always ongoing. To sum it up: we've got a lack of diversity. I'm personally not bothered if an author has an all white, all straight cast. I'm more bothered by the fact that the publishing industry is still not publishing enough POC, LGBT and other folks. I hope that at some point in the future, we no longer have to discuss this topic, because literature will be diverse by default.
This is Uma's first Read-A-Thon and I really hope I'll find the time to participate. I'm being optimistic at the moment and signing up. It'll run from 5th January 2017 to 1st March 2017.
I'll be attempting to read one book in each category.
- POC Protagonist: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
- Diverse Myths and Retellings: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- LGBTQ Protagonist: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- POC Cast: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
- Diverse MG Fantasy: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- Disabled Characters: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Diverse Fantasy from your TBR: Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
I feel like maybe I'm pushing it by putting a Neil Gaiman book onto the list, but I've been meaning to read this one forever and it includes diverse mythology, so I'm giving it a try.