Here’s a summary of my diverse reading from mid-October 16 to the end of December 2017. This was peak Cybils reading period, which is why I have just two books here that aren’t middle grade speculative fiction. Following is a brief look at my total diverse reading for last year.
Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas (middle grade)
Mossby’s Magic Carpet Handbook by Ilona Bray and Alejandro Lee
Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
#NotYourPrincess by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
(This feels right for teens or adults, but my library has it in teen.)
White/Straight Authors, Diverse Characters
Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos (The main character here is half elf, and deals with prejudice because of it. There are lots of variations in human skin tones here as well.)
Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Lost Legacy. Supernormal Sleuthing Agency #1. by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe (The main character here is half elf, and deals with prejudice because of it.)
Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler
Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (disability)
Artemis by Andy Weir (adult)
So, that’s five by diverse authors and illustrators, plus eight with diverse characters but white authors. Adding up the titles from the round-ups I did in March, May, and October (yep, I was super consistent with my round-ups there!), that gives me a total of 44 #ownvoices books and 31 books by white authors. But, my goal for 2017 was to increase the number of reviews I actually wrote. So how did I do there? If I’m adding up correctly, I wrote reviews of 31 #OwnVoices books and 18 other books with diverse main characters. It might not quite have earned me a full 30-point rating on the #ReadDiverse2017 readalong, as they didn’t all get separate points, but I’m going to call it a win anyway.
Definitely a win!