Diverseathon TBR

Today, I wanted to come to you briefly with my TBR for a read-along that starts tomorrow, and is centered around reading diversely: The Diverseathon. The Diverseathon was created by BookTubers Whitney, Monica, Joce, and Christina and runs from September 12 to September 19.

If you read Friday’s post, you all now how I feel about this subject, so I thought I’d put my money where my mouth is, and spend this week reading diversely as possible (it helps that I have a relatively light homework load). I think this is a great opportunity to explore diverse books, and I encourage you all to participate. There are no challenges, and you can read any book that includes any type of diversity. There are a ton of amazing books out there, so pick one and get reading! (If you’re looking for specific recommendations, let me know in the comments, and I will try to suggest something you might enjoy.)

While I would love to read six or seven books, I’m going to be realistic, because if I don’t work on my thesis at all this week, I am definitely going to regret it. So I chose three relatively short books, all of which I have heard great things about.

  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This is kind of the “official” book of the readathon in that the four BookTubers will all be reading it and sponsoring a discussion on the book at the end of the readathon. I recently added it to my to-read list, and I just snagged it from the library so I can read it during the readathon. It follows three hundred years of the history of one family in Ghana, and the two half-sisters whose descendants have very different experiences in America.
  2. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Depending on how quickly I’m able to get through Homegoing, I plan on picking this one up. I wasn’t even aware that this book featured diverse characters when I first put it on my to-read list – the story itself sounds incredibly interesting – but it was suggested for this TBR because it features an asexual protagonist and a transgender side character. It’s pretty short, so I think this might be the perfect opportunity to read it.
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and I recently purchased the audiobook on Audible (Lin Manuel Miranda reads it!). Since I just finished the audiobook I was listening to, I think this will be the perfect addition to my commute this week.
  4. Rat Queens Vol. 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Unchurch. And finally, I decided to add this to my TBR, because I’ve owned it for a few months and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. You only need to see the cover to know that it features a wonderfully diverse cast of characters, so I think it’s going to be a great read!

I will also be continuing to read Motions and Moments by Michael Pronko, which is a book of essays about his life in Tokyo, and is proving to be very interesting. And, if I finish all of these books (fingers crossed!) I plan on picking up Saga Vol. 6, because I STILL haven’t read it and I need to.

I would love to hear if any of you are participating in the Diverseathon, and what you’re planning on reading!

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