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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!