TBR: #DiversityBingo2017


Hello everyone!

I recently became fairly active within the book community on Twitter and I found myself realizing that I haven’t read as many diverse books as I should be reading. There are so many amazing diverse novels out there (and a huge number of them are #ownvoices), so I’ve decided that one of my main bookish goals this year is to read more diverse books than I’ve ever read before. Novels that contain diversity, accurate and non-problematic representation, and characters that break through the stereotypical molds that have been created within our society are gems within today’s literature and I want to fill my bookshelves with books that are inclusive and diverse.

With that being said, I’m so, so excited to participate in #DiversityBingo2017. This reading challenge is being hosted by @novelparadise, @headinherbooks, @thesebooklions, @thebooksbuzz, @rhaegardied, @ohbrekker, @aimalfarooq, @bookwormwanders, and @theauslibraryHere is a link to the original challenge bingo board. My goal is to hopefully fill all 36 squares by the end of the year but, honestly, I’m just looking forward to reading so many amazing diverse books. I tried to find as many #ownvoices novels as I could and I’d like to give a special shout-out to all of the amazing bloggers who made huge TBR lists that helped me find books to add to my list. So, without further ado, here are the books that I’m planning on reading for #DiversityBingo2017!

I will be updating this bingo board throughout the year here!

Romance with a Trans Main Character:
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Non-Binary Main Character (Own Voices):
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
(I’m not completely sure if this is #OwnVoices, so if you have
any other suggestions for this category please let me know!)

Science Fiction/Fantasy with Disabled Main Character:
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Practicing Jewish Main Character:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Indian Main Character (Own Voices):
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Displaced Main Character:
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Main Character with Under-Represented Body:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Neuro-diverse Main Character (Own Voices):
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Retelling with an LGBTQIA+ Main Character:
And I Darken by Kiersten White

Bisexual Main Character (Own Voices):
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Main Character with an Invisible Disability:
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Main Character with an Anaphylactic Allergy:
My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

Main Character of Color in Science Fiction/Fantasy:
Want by Cindy Pon

Latinx Main Character (Own Voices):
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Free Choice:
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Non-Western (Real World) Setting:
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

Own Voices:
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Main Character with Chronic Pain:
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

West Asian Setting:
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Arab Main Character (Own Voices):
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Main Character with a Wheelchair:
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Book by an Author of Color:
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Biracial Main Character (Own Voices):
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Pansexual Main Character (Own Voices):
The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
(I’m not completely sure if this is #OwnVoices, so if you have
any other suggestions for this category please let me know!)

Black Main Character (Own Voices):
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Main Character on the Ace Spectrum (Own Voices):
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

LGBTQIA+ Main Character of Color:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Visually Impaired Main Character:
Run by Kody Keplinger

Book Set in Central America:
The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez

Contemporary World Arranged Marriage:
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Indigenous Main Character (Own Voices):
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Diverse Non-Fiction:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Person of Color on the Cover:
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Main Character:
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Immigrant/Refugee Main Character:
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (re-read, previously read ARC version)

Hijabi Main Character (Own Voices):
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

I’m so excited to read all of these books! If you notice any errors within my list (a certain book isn’t #ownvoices, a book doesn’t fit within the category, etc.) please let me know so I can fix any mistakes.

Are you participating in #DiversityBingo2017? What diverse books are you looking forward to reading? I can’t wait to read Adam Silvera’s books because I’ve heard so many amazing things about his novels and I most definitely cannot wait to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because it’s one of my most anticipated reads of 2017!



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