I am participating in the Diversity on the Shelf Challenge hosted by Akilah at The Englishist. I finished a total of 23 books in November, and started but didn’t finish an additional 9 –ouch! That’s because of the Cybils Audiobooks, where I have to try but not necessarily finish way more audiobooks than I can actually listen to straight through in the time period.
Here are the books by authors of color. I had already read the first two of these in print, and am hoping it counts to reread on audio.
- When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
- Booked by Kwame Alexander
- Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon
- Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules and Miguel Benitez
Here are the additional books by white authors with main characters of color:
- Summer Showers by Kate Hannigan
- Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick (the boy in the background is actually the POV character.)
And for a different type of diversity, a Jewish trans teen speaks out:
- Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
This puts me at 29 books by white authors with main characters of color and 55 books by authors of color. I might reach my goal of 60 by the end of this month! But maybe I should read a couple extra to make up for the rereads…
Of course they count! I am excited to read the Lin book. I loved the first one.
Thank you, Akilah! And the Lin books are really worth reading in both print and audio – there’s so much in them, and different things stand out in print and audio.