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Reading Challenges Focusing on Diversity

So, as I wander around many reading blogs I’ve noticed a large interest in reading challenges. I’ve never really participated in reading challenges outside of the goodreads reading challenge for a yearly book reading goal. I’m a fairly picky reader and I find most challenges oddly restrictive. I found some ones though that really sparked my interest. The main goal of this blog is to highlight diversity in books particularly fantasy. These reading challenges below are ones that I have found that work within that goal.

1. Year of The Asian Reading Challenge by CW from The Quiet Pond (thequietpond.com),Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams (sprinklesofdreams.wordpress.com), Shealea, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads (vickywhoreads.wordpress.com). This is the challenge for you if like me one of your goals this year is to make sure you’re reading more diversely. The goal is to read as many books by asian authors as you can. Now, there are levels to the challenge so don’t stress out if you have a ton of other reading goals or anything like that. They also come with cute icon which you can see below. If you’d like to join please check here.

I hope to read 11-20 books for this challenge.

2. Reading Women Challenge. This challenge was put together by ReadingWomen. It encourages people to read different books either about or by women. You can find it below. If you want more information check here.

3. Read Harder by Book Riot. This challenge a based on challenging yourself to really expand your reading horizons! There are any parts of this list that encourage people to read more diversely. You check it out here or see the list below.

  1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters
  2. An alternate history novel
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
  4. A humor book
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
  10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
  11. A book of manga
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
  14. A cozy mystery
  15. A book of mythology or folklore
  16. An historical romance by an AOC
  17. A business book
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
  19. A book of nonviolent true crime
  20. A book written in prison
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
  23. A self-published book
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

So, what do you think? Are you participating in any of these challenges? Are you participating in one that isn’t on this list? I’d love to hear from you!

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