My Dumbledore’s Army Readathon Sign Up, TBR, & Book Recommendations!

If you have not heard about it already, let me introduce you now to one of the most wonderful and exciting readathons I’ve seen in a while. The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon was created by Aentee from Read At Midnight. Its goal is to promote and uplift marginalized voices by encouraging readers & bloggers to read diverse books as a community event. The readathon will start on January 1st 2017 and ends on January 15th, midnight to midnight.

Read the original post to learn more about the details. 

I honestly don’t think I can get through 7 books in 2 weeks, but I will try my hardest. I have January 1st off work, which will help, and I may take a few extra days off during the second week of January because I deserve them. I wasn’t able to use up all my vacation days in 2016, but I will get the chance to carry a few over into 2017, so I may as well do them for the readathon! Don’t judge me. 

This post is my TBR, sign up, and contains over 60 book recommendations for those who want to join, but do not know what books to read. 

Hope you find this useful!

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon 





My pick: The Night of the Virgin – by Elliott Turner

This book is not out until June of 2017, but I have an early ARC and will be reading it because it covers issues very personal to me: poverty, spirituality, and prejudice in the Mexican-American community, as well as issues of immigration and potentially an exploration of Queer identity. Looking forward to this one!



This post has 60+ recommendations. Perhaps you will find a book that speaks to you. 


The list below are books about characters with disabilities:

  1. When Reason Breaks – by Cindy L. Rodriguez (Depression)
  2. Not Otherwise Specified – by Hannah Moskowitz (Eating disorder)
  3. Marcelo In The Real World – by Francisco X. Stork (Autism)
  4. Wonder – R.J. Palacio (facial deformity)
  5. Far From You – Tess Sharpe (Chronic pain & mobility issues)




My pick: For today, I Am a Boy: by Kim Fu

I can count in one hand the number of books by or about trans people I have read, so I will use this reading challenge as an opportunity to explore more of these narratives! This one was recommended by CW @ Read Think Ponder.






Many of you probably don’t read books by/about trans people either, so let me recommend some more:

  1. Redefining Realness – by Janet Mock (Adult)
  2. George – by Alex Gino (Middle Grade)
  3. Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg (Adult)
  4. Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction – Edited by K.M. Sparza (Adult)
  5.  The Unintentional Time Traveler – by Everett Maroon (YA)
  6. Bad Boy – by Elliot Wake (Adult)

Queer people of color protagonists:

  1. Juliet Takes a Breath – by Gabby Rivera (YA)
  2. Under The Udala Trees – by Chinelo Okparanta (Adult)
  3. Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction – Edited by S. Andrea Allen (Adult)
  4. Guapa – by Saleem Haddad (Adult)
  5. Chulito – Charles Rice-Gonzalez (YA)
  6. Empanada: A Lesbian Story en Probaditas – by Anel Flores (Adult)




My pick: A Taste of Honey – by Kai Ashante Wilson

I’m reading this one because it’s a novella ( I need short books if I’m going to complete the readathon) & because it’s an M/M Fantasy! There’s political intrigue & romance. This book sounds perfect for me.




Recommendations. Too many good #ownvoices books to count! I’m just going to list a ton of books everyone should read.



  1. The Mothers – by Brit Bennett
  2. Not A Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – by Yi Shun Lai
  3. Stained – by Abda Khan
  4. Everything I Never Told You – by Celest Ng
  5. The Round House – by Louise Erdrich
  6. The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
  7. The Vegetarian – by Hang Kang

Young Adult:

  1. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces – by Isabel Quintero
  2. The Reader – by Traci Chee
  3. When The Moon Was Ours – by Anna-Marie McLemore
  4. Last Night I Sang To The Monster – by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  5. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  6. A Time To Dance: by Padma Venkatraman




My pick: Sister Outsider – by Audre Lorde

This book comes highly recommended by several people I trust and is widely lauded as one of the most important work of feminist text. A must-read for intersectional feminists.





Adult & YA:

  1. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – By Malala Yousafzai | There’s also an edition for young readers.
  2. Sorcerer to the Crown – by Zen Cho (Adult) | Prunella breaks all kinds of glass ceilings.
  3. We Should All Be Feminists – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (For everyone)
  4. Borderlands: La Frontera – Gloria E. Alzandua (Adult)
  5. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler (Adult)
  6. Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History – by Kate Schatz (For everyone)
  7. Does My Head Look Big In This? – by Randa Abdel-Fattah (YA)
  8. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – by Margot Lee Shetterly | There’s also a young readers’s edition.




My pick: The Wrath and the Dawn – by Renée Ahdieh

Almost every book blogger knows about or has read this book. I bought it many, many months ago but for some inexplicable reason, I have not gotten around to it yet. Perhaps this readathon will finally allow me to mark it off my TBR. I hope I love it as much as other people have!



I don’t know what books have been on your TBRs for 6+ months, so just go ahead and dig through your Goodreads To-Read shelf and pick a book and finally commit to reading it!




My Pick: The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon

Many people are raving about this book and the attention it has received is rather overwhelming and encouraging. This book was nominated for the National Book Award, so it has some professional critical acclaim as well! I’ll finally get to it after I received it in November’s My Lit Box package.



Recommendations. This one’s tough because hype and reviews are obviously subjective. But:



  1. The Sellout – by Paul Beatty
  2. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanith
  3. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – by Madeline Thien
  4. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
  6. The Underground Railroadby Colson Whitehead


  1. An Ember in the Ashes or A Torch Against The Night – by Sabaah Tahir
  2. More Happy Than Not – by Adam Silvera
  3. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – by Becky Albertalli
  4. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie




My pick: Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged – by Ayisha Malik

This book was recommended to me by Nuzaifa @ The Word Contessa

I’ve had my eye on this book for months. It’s a delightful and lighthearted book about a young British Muslim woman who lives in London and lives in the publishing industry! This book comes highly recommended by young Muslim women I know, so do consider reading it!


You can use any of the books previously recommend above for this category. But let me recommend a few more for good measure!



  1. Here Comes The Sun – by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  2. The Story of a Brief Marriage – by Anuk Arudpragasam
  3. A House Without Windows – by Nadia Hashimi
  4. The Book of Harlan – by Bernice L. McFadden
  5. Mecidine Walk – by Richard Wagamese
  6. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla


  1. The Root – by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
  2. The Marauders’ Island – by Tristan J. Tarwater
  3. Jerkbait – by Mia Siegert
  4. Girl Mans Up – by M-E Girard
  5. Timekeeper – by Tara Sim
  6. A Wish After Midnight – by Zetta Elliott
  7. Something In Between – by Melissa De La Cruz

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52 thoughts on “My Dumbledore’s Army Readathon Sign Up, TBR, & Book Recommendations!

  1. This readathon sounds so good! I originally thought it was this month so I didn’t think I could join in, but now that I know it’s for Jan I think I’m definitely gonna sign up. I really need to read The Wrath & The Dawn too!! And thank you for all the amazing recs 😀 I will def be going through all of the ones I haven’t heard of.

    1. I wasn’t able to join Aentee’s Pokemon readathon, but I can’t pass this one up! I’m 90% sure I won’t be able to read all 7 books in 2 weeks, haha, but I may surprise myself! I hope you can join 🙂 Will be on the lookout for your sign up post.

  2. Woo! I hope you manage to power through all these books for the read-a–thon. I so, so, so wanted to join in with this one but I’ve decided not to this time (which is a shame because Aentee’s pokemon read-a-thon was amazing). I’m very happy to see The Wrath and the Dawn on this list!!!!!!! How dare you leave that beautiful book on your unread shelf for so long! Tsk! Looks like a wonderful TBR all round otherwise, though & fantastic recommendations! I’m hoping I might be able to get to Wonder by Palacio soon!

    1. Well, I have never read 7 books in 2 weeks ever in my life. hahah, so maybe I should have picked shorter books. But I don’t think it’s necessary to read all the books. It just matters that we try and it’s a great way to promote these books.
      I really don’t know how TWATD got away from me…maybe it’s because I got the eBook and I didn’t see it on my bookshelf taunting me. Also, I was drawned by review requests, which totally sidetracked my reading. 🙁

  3. Gonna take a break from old Russian novels/classics to read Behold The Dreamers for this methinks….saving Here Comes the Sun for Spring because the author is coming to Houston (Bayou City Bookfest…held near my house)

  4. Good luck 🙂 it sounds fun actually, not sure if I will join or not, but probably not. I am beginning to feel that mine views of diversity really differ in some cases than other people’s.

  5. I just read The Sun Is Also a Star and was impressed by how much commentary on nationality, culture, and immigration Yoon was able to pack into what is essentially a fluffy love story. Many parts of it rang very true to me. (And I’m about to start on The Wrath and the Dawn, too!)

      1. I’m kinda torn on The Mothers bc the only thing I really dislike about the classics (Greeks, Aristophanes, etc) was the accursed chorus, and that’s kinda the key plot device/narrator.

          1. Yeah I think I’m going to read the sample on Amazon and as long as the chorus device isn’t overbearing, will probably give this tome a shot.

  6. This is such a cool idea. I’m limiting my participation in challenges/readathons next year, seeing how far I can get on some of my own reading goals, but this is an excellent thing. I wish you luck and thanks for putting together so many great lists, as always! PS… have you read Beatty’s The Sellout? It’s a wild ride and really good. And Sister Outsider – Yes! So good!

  7. So many amazing recs Naz! And also auch a great readathon stack! I love seeing events such as this one promoting diverse lit!✊ I hope I’ll read more trans lit next, it’s on my list😊 Also Sister Out is the best!!! That one had auch an impact on me!💜

  8. I need to read Audre Lorde and Kai Ashante Wilson. So happy that you’re picking them up! My TBR was shapeshifting for a while but I’ve included a few flexible options for early January too. Ravenclaw is looking glorious. Will reveal my house on the weekend 😀

    1. I’m way over due for my first Audre Lorde book. I just know I’ll love Sister Outsider. Same for A Taste of Honey.
      Can’t wait to see your post! I assume it won’t be Ravenclaw, so that’s good because we’ve got numbers covered.

  9. What a fun readathon! I’ll have to give this some serious thought and pick out wonderful books for all t he sections of it. Like you I’m not sure I can get to all these books in the time allotted, but I should be able at least to pick up some really baller recs.

  10. This is such a great idea! I’ll definitely be looking to your recommendations for many of the categories. Plus, college winter breaks are so interminable and cold, I’ll be aching for an excuse to hole up and read for 2 weeks…

  11. I’m super excited to be participating in this readathon! I am also going to be reading Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged but other than that, our TBRs are completely different! However, I am so excited to see The Wrath And The Dawn and The Sun Is Also A Star – two of my favourite books – also on your TBR! I hope you enjoy them!

    1. Glad to hear you’re joining! This event looks like it’s going to be big and that makes me so happy. I’ll be using the readathon to motivate me to read books I should have read ages ago, like TWATD & Sofia Khan. January can’t come soon enough!

  12. I’ve heard of this readathon from a few different blogs. You’re right that 7 books in two weeks seems a bit overwhelming. It is completely up my alley, though… By providing this list of recommendations, however, you’ve completely sold me. Bring it on.

    1. I really should have chosen shorter books, but I have so many books to cross off my TBR so I’m going to do my best to read like the win while having fun during this community readathon. It’s going to be a blast. Glad to hear you’re on board!

  13. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas! I probably shouldn’t sign up, because I’m supposed to be judging MG/YA nonfiction for round 2 of Cybils in January, but I am a fiction addict, so I may as well make my fiction choices around this readathon, because it sounds like so much fun.

  14. You know you are a bookworm when…

    “I wasn’t able to use up all my vacation days in 2016, but I will get the chance to carry a few over into 2017, so I may as well do them for the readathon! Don’t judge me.”

    No judgement, only admiration lol Good luck on this readathon Naz! Because this spans 2 weeks, I may just try and participate myself!

  15. Okay this sounds awesome! I wish I could take part! Unfortunately, I’m sure pressure would get the better of me, that’s why I stay away from readathons. Good luck with it! I’m going to check the recommendations for new additions to my 2017 reading list 🙂

  16. Thank you for listing your recommendations as I struggled a bit which books to pick for which prompts that were on my shelf. Your list helped. 🙂 Good luck in advance.

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