We are so excited to participate in the second #DiverseAThon! If you’re not familiar, the #DiverseAThon is an eight-day readathon being held from midnight on Sunday, January 22nd through 11:59PM on Sunday, January 29th. The aim of this readathon is to celebrate and promote diverse books and authors. It is hosted by Joce, Christina, Monica, and Simon— all of whom happen to be some of my favorite booktubers. There are no challenges or requirements, except to read diversely and to read outside of your normal comfort zone (i. e. which specific marginalized voices are you not reading enough of?). Participants are highly encouraged to read #ownvoices stories.
I did participate in the first #DiverseAThon in October of last year, but I wasn’t able to get much reading done during the week because of school and mental health stuff. However, I’m much more optimistic about getting some solid reading in this time around! My TBR is definitely subject to change, as always (#moodreader), but as of now, these are my plans.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah // I’m currently listening to this one on audio (you can actually get it for free here— thanks, Goodreads & Audible!), and it’s incredible. I was expecting just another celebrity memoir, but what I got instead was an in-depth look at growing up as a mixed-race man in South Africa during and post-Apartheid. Noah tackles the tough subject matter with both wisdom and heart, drawing from personal anecdotes. I can’t wait to finish listening during the #DiverseAThon!
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead // This is the group book for the readathon! It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, because my lovely friend Emily @ Possibly Literate and I were already planning on buddy reading this book at the end of the month. I borrowed this from one of my IRL best friends months ago, and I’m so excited to finally get to it!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // Not going to lie, I squealed a little when I saw this listed on Netgalley, and then again when I got approved for an e-ARC. This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017! A capella + a bisexual and biracial MC + drag? SIGN. ME. UP.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson // I received a signed copy of this as a Christmas gift from my wonderful mom. It’s Woodson’s memoir of growing up during the Civil Rights movement, told through verse. It’s technically classified as middle grade, which makes me all the more excited to read it!
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi // I am so so excited to read this one. I have heard such wonderful things about it and I just have a feeling I will absolutely love this.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu // I read this one last year, but I was in a bad place so I don’t remember anything about it. I do remember enjoying it, but other than that, nothing. Christy really enjoyed this one so I’m excited to read it…again.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton // I have been recommended this book time and time again. It has been sitting on my shelf for a very long time so I’m excited to finally dive in.
There you have it! We’re so excited to participate. Are you taking part in the #DiverseAThon? If so, definitely link us to or tell us your TBR in the comments! We’d love to discuss.