So I may or may not have a lot of ARC copies of books (both physical and ebook) that I haven’t read yet… and it’s a problem. I planned on trying to read through quite a few ARCs this month and then I discovered that ARC August exists! ARC August is an annual reading challenge hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and you can find more information about ARC August here. The basic premise of the challenge is for readers to finally get through their pile of review copies that they haven’t gotten around to reading yet. And, for me… that means I have quite a few books on my TBR this month.
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 @theauslibrary. Here 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!