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:
- When Reason Breaks – by Cindy L. Rodriguez (Depression)
- Not Otherwise Specified – by Hannah Moskowitz (Eating disorder)
- Marcelo In The Real World – by Francisco X. Stork (Autism)
- Wonder – R.J. Palacio (facial deformity)
- 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:
- Redefining Realness – by Janet Mock (Adult)
- George – by Alex Gino (Middle Grade)
- Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg (Adult)
- Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction – Edited by K.M. Sparza (Adult)
- The Unintentional Time Traveler – by Everett Maroon (YA)
- Bad Boy – by Elliot Wake (Adult)
Queer people of color protagonists:
- Juliet Takes a Breath – by Gabby Rivera (YA)
- Under The Udala Trees – by Chinelo Okparanta (Adult)
- Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction – Edited by S. Andrea Allen (Adult)
- Guapa – by Saleem Haddad (Adult)
- Chulito – Charles Rice-Gonzalez (YA)
- 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.
- The Mothers – by Brit Bennett
- Not A Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – by Yi Shun Lai
- Stained – by Abda Khan
- Everything I Never Told You – by Celest Ng
- The Round House – by Louise Erdrich
- The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
- The Vegetarian – by Hang Kang
- Gabi, A Girl In Pieces – by Isabel Quintero
- The Reader – by Traci Chee
- When The Moon Was Ours – by Anna-Marie McLemore
- Last Night I Sang To The Monster – by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – by Ambelin Kwaymullina
- 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:
- 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.
- Sorcerer to the Crown – by Zen Cho (Adult) | Prunella breaks all kinds of glass ceilings.
- We Should All Be Feminists – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (For everyone)
- Borderlands: La Frontera – Gloria E. Alzandua (Adult)
- Kindred – Octavia E. Butler (Adult)
- Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History – by Kate Schatz (For everyone)
- Does My Head Look Big In This? – by Randa Abdel-Fattah (YA)
- 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:
- The Sellout – by Paul Beatty
- When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanith
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing – by Madeline Thien
- Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi
- The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
- The Underground Railroad – by Colson Whitehead
- An Ember in the Ashes or A Torch Against The Night – by Sabaah Tahir
- More Happy Than Not – by Adam Silvera
- Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – by Becky Albertalli
- Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- 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!
- Here Comes The Sun – by Nicole Dennis-Benn
- The Story of a Brief Marriage – by Anuk Arudpragasam
- A House Without Windows – by Nadia Hashimi
- The Book of Harlan – by Bernice L. McFadden
- Mecidine Walk – by Richard Wagamese
- The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla
- The Root – by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
- The Marauders’ Island – by Tristan J. Tarwater
- Jerkbait – by Mia Siegert
- Girl Mans Up – by M-E Girard
- Timekeeper – by Tara Sim
- A Wish After Midnight – by Zetta Elliott
- Something In Between – by Melissa De La Cruz
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