Now that I have been around the book blogging community long enough to have established my own platform, I feel it is time to create a book tag!
I generally avoid tags and memes, but I have participated in ones I found particularly interesting and allowed me to show off my book collection. Here are a few examples: Life In Books Tag and the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag.
- Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
- The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
- If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.
Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.
Find a book starring a lesbian character.
Under the Udala Trees – by Chinelo Okparanta
An impressive debut novel that begins during the Biafran War and follows Ijeoma’s life in a society that rejects her authentic self. This is an important novel that lends its voice to Nigeria’s LGBT community.
Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.
Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan – by Saadia Faruqi
Brick Walls is a moving collection of stories with universal themes that reflect the tragedies, flaws, talents, hopes, and ambitions of Pakistan’s people.
Find a book set in Latin America.
The Body Where I Was Born – by Guadalupe Nettel
This novel is set in Mexico during the 70s and it tells the story of a young girl’s unconventional childhood that mirrors the author’s.
Find a book about a person with a disability.
Anything But Typical – by Nora Raleigh Baskin
I have not read many books about people with autism, so I had to do a quick Google search. A few minutes in, I came across Anything But Typical, which sounds delightful. It explores online friendships and young people’s insecurities about fitting in. I’m sure many of us can relate.
Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
Falling In Love With Hominids – by Nalo Hopkinson
This is a beautifully original collection of short stories with both sci-fi and fantasy elements. The variety of characters, narrative structures, and kinds of stories that Hopkinson included in 222 pages is staggering. If you love fantasy, you must read this book.
Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.
Fairy Tales For Lost Children – by Diriye Osman
Another short story collection! This one is about young, gay and lesbian Somalis. Darkowaa and Osondu completely sold me on this book. My birthday is coming up, so I will be adding this one to my birthday book haul.
Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.
All Our Relations: Native Struggles For Land and Life – by Winona LaDuke
Look, it’s a nonfiction book! Yes, I do read them sometimes. Winona LaDuke is an environmental activist and here she writes about Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation.
Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).
And The Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini
I should have added Khaled Hosseini to my list of authors whose work I want to complete before I die. Everything he writes is golden. I hope he continues to bless us with his wonderful stories about the Afghan experience for many more decades.
Find a book with a biracial protagonist.
The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones – by Dominic Carrillo
Paco Jones is a half-Mexican teenager who loves The Beatles and Shakespeare. This sounds like fun and delightful YA fiction.
Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.
Stone Butch Blues – by Leslie Feinberg
I admit to not having read any literature with trans characters or books about trans issues. I will fix that this year, hopefully very soon. Stone Butch Blues is my kind of novel – powerful, moving, dark, and very honest in its depiction of the lives of trans people.
That wasn’t difficult at all! I had to search for a few books not in my collection, but that’s the purpose of the tag. I encourage everyone reading to do this tag and discover new books to add to their TBR piles.
More specifically, I’m going to tag 15 people to get started. Be sure to tag at least 5 other people if you do choose to participate. I want as many diverse books to be shared and recommended as possible. Spread the word!
Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – I know you love tags. :]
Janani @ The Shrinkette
Bina @ If You Can Read This – You can use Instagram
Sharlene @ Real Life Reading
Beth @ The Books Are Everywhere
Darcy @ Days & Mays
Demelza @ Books ft. Politics
Chelsea @ The Globally Curious
Vijayalakshmi @ The Reading Desk
Silicon @ Silicon of the Internet
Cinderzena @ Cinderzenablogs
Jupiter @ Building Diverse Bookshelves
Lady Disdain @ Lady Disdain Notes
Sabeena @ The Poco Book Reader
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