Hello everyone! As you might know from another post of mine, I’m participating in #DiversityBingo2017. As I wrote in that post, Diversity Bingo is a challenge that inspires readers to read more diverse books by having 36 different squares, each one corresponding to a diverse book. I thought I’d post an update on how my Diversity Bingo reading is going by talking about the books I’ve read for the challenge so far. I have posted reviews for many of these books, so for those books I will simply leave a link to my review and give my star rating of the book. For those books that I haven’t reviewed, I will give a brief explanation of what I liked and disliked about the book.
Just for a reminder, the Diversity Bingo card looks like this:
Without further ado, let’s get onto the post.
So far I’ve filled 12 squares. Not a lot, I know but I have read other books not for the challenge. The squares I’ve filled so far are the Retelling with a Main Character Belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, Bisexual Main Character, Main Character of Color in SciFi/Fantasy, Free Choice, Biracial Main Character, Pansexual Main Character, Main Character on the Ace Spectrum, LGBTQIA+ Main Character of Color, Diverse Non-Fiction, Person of Color on the Cover, D/deaf/Hard of Hearing Main Character, and Immigrant or Refugee Main Character. Now on to the books I’ve read for those squares!
For a Retelling with a MC belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, I read Sappho’s Fables by Elora Bishop and Jennifer Diemer. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend it.
For a book with a Bisexual MC, I read Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend it.
For a book with a MC of Color in SFF, I read The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend it. I love everything about this book from the characters, to the world, to the beautiful writing. I can’t think of one thing I dislike about it.
For the Free Choice square, I read Huntress by Malinda Lo. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend it based on my own reading of it, but as I stated in my review, it wasn’t the book, it was me. The book simply wasn’t my thing. However, it isn’t a bad book by any means and I’m sure many people would love it.
For a book with a Biracial MC, I read Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it.
For a book with a Pansexual MC, I read The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it. I love the romance. I love the main characters. I just love this book. I can’t remember anything in particular that I disliked about this book, but there must have been something since I didn’t rate it 5 stars.
For a book with a MC on the Ace Spectrum, I read We Awaken by Calista Lynne. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it. I love the romance. I love the characters. I love the magical elements. I didn’t give this book 5 stars only because I didn’t absolutely love it, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. I can’t remember anything particular I disliked about it.
For a book with an LGBTQIA+ MC of Color, I read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.
For a Diverse Non-Fiction book, I read I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it. I said in my review on Goodreads that I don’t have the words to express how wonderful and important this book is. That is still true. Just read it. You can thank me later. 😉
For a book with a POC on the cover, I read Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it, along with the rest of the series.
For a book with a D/deaf/Hard of Hearing MC, I read El Deafo by Cece Bell. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely recommend it. I found it a fast and enjoyable read. Although the main character is far younger than I am, I found myself cheering her on throughout the story. However, I do feel like this book would be more enjoyable for younger readers and I found myself wanting a little something more from the story, which is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5.
For a book with an Immigrant or Refugee MC, I read The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.
Now that I’ve mentioned all of the books I’ve read so far for this challenge, I want to talk a bit about the challenge itself. I decided to participate in this challenge because I wanted to diversify my reading. Reading more diverse books had been a goal of mine for a while and I wanted to accomplish that goal. I am glad to say that I have read more diverse books this year than I have in the past. I also would like to say that reading more diverse books has improved my reading experience. So far, for Diversity Bingo, I have read mostly 4 and 5 star books, only one 3 star book and no 1 or 2 star books. Clearly diverse books are more enjoyable than non-diverse books.
How are you doing with your Diversity Bingo challenge? What is your favorite book you’ve read for the challenge so far? Tell me in the comments!