The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon was created by Aentee at Read at Midnight – see original post – as a way to celebrate diverse books. I am a huge advocate for reading diversely, and am always looking for the opportunity to read more diverse books. I absolutely love the idea behind this readathon, and I think it is the perfect way to celebrate finishing my grad school thesis (I probably would have read for two weeks straight anyway). The readathon will run from January 1 – 15, and you can keep track of it on social media using #DAReadAThon.
I will be competing for Ravenclaw, my Hogwarts house (there’s a whole point system, which I love). And am so excited to finally get around to the books on this list! Here are the reading challenges, and the books I plan on reading for each of them:
Expecto Patronum: Read a diverse book featuring an issue of personal significance to you or a loved one.
One thing I’ve noticed in my own life recently (since I started reading and paying attention to feminist literature), is that I encounter a lot of sexism in little ways, every day. So, for this prompt, I have decided to read Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. It is a collection of stories about how women experience sexism in their everyday lives. I think the idea behind this book is brilliant, and I’m hoping it will help me spot and stand up to the sexism I encounter.
Expelliarmus: Disarm your own prejudices. Read a diverse book featuring a marginalized group you don’t often read about.
While I do make an effort to read books featuring LGBT characters, I’ve realized that (for no real reason) I don’t read a lot of books featuring lesbian characters or relationships. In fact, I can only think of one off the top of my head, and that was all the way back in college (ugh, saying that made me feel so old!). So, for this prompt, I will be reading Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which I have heard wonderful things about.
Protego: Protect those narratives & keep them true. Read an #OwnVoices book for this prompt.
There are so many good Own Voices books out there that I want to read, but I have decided to go with The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I received this book in one of my Book of the Month Club boxes this year, and I’ve heard such great things about it.
Reducto: Smash that glass ceiling. Read a book that empowers women from all different walks of life.
Out of all the books on this list, I think I am most excited for this one: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book is about the black female mathematicians who helped send the first American into space. The film adaptation is coming out soon, and it looks incredible. Every time I watch the trailer, I can’t help but smile. I hope the book is just as empowering as those few minutes of film.
Impedimenta: Read a diverse book that’s been left unread on your TBR for far too long!
For this book, I am going with Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. I’ve had a digital copy of this book for at least a year or so, and recently picked up the paperback. It is the true story of an unwanted daughter coming of age in a Chinese family during the 1940s. It sounds like something I would really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Stupefy: Read a diverse book that has stunned the internet with well-deserved hype.
This book could also fit the previous category, so it’s definitely one I need to read soon. That would be: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This one has gotten so much hype, and I haven’t really seen any bad reviews. Hopefully, I like it, too!
Lumos: Read a diverse book that was recommended by one of your fellow book bloggers.
I don’t remember exactly who recommended it, but more than one person has told me I need to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I read her debut novel, Everything Everything, last year, and really enjoyed it. People keep saying this one is even better, and I am excited to finally get to it!
I would love to try and read a few more books during this readathon, so let me know if you have any suggestions!