Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 2nd year of the Diversity on the Shelf reading challenge. The aim of Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Challenge is add diversity to you bookshelf by reading books by authors of color and/or about a main character of color.


Challenge Details

1. Any book (by any author) with a main character that is a person of color qualifies for this reading challenge, as well as any book written by an author of color. The goal is to encourage readers have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry by reading and reviewing books by or about person of color.

2. The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 12/1/2015. Sign up at My Little Pocketbooks

3. Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

4. Novellas, Short story collections, Poetry, Graphic novels/manga, Children Books, and all genres are allowed.

5. Books can be of any publication date.

6. You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

Join the Challenge

To join the challenge, grab the Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too.

You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., just as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Pick a Level

Choose how many diversity centered books you would like to add to your “read” shelf in 2015:

1st Shelf: Read 1-6 books
2nd Shelf: Read 7 -12 books
3rd Shelf: Read 13 – 18 books
4th Shelf: Read 19 -24 books
5th Shelf: Read 25+ books

Once you pick a level you can go higher and read more books but you cannot go down a level.

If you’d like to participate in the Diversity on the Shelf 2015 Reading Challenge, please sign up, and if you have a blog please spread the word by grabbing the button and post about your participation.
If you need some ideas for what to read go to the original POC Reading Challenge blog.
There will be giveaways along the way, theme reads and a giveaway at the end for the participants who participate each month and completes the challenge.
I am SUPER EXCITED to participate in this. I’m writing diverse characters, and I need to make sure I’m reading as many diverse books as possible. I’m going to aim for a 3rd shelf of 13-18 books. I’m currently working two part-time jobs and the next semester starts mid-late January, which will take up even more of my time. In no particular order, here are some of the books I intend to read next year:
1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
2. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
4. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
5. Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
6. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
8. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
9. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
10. The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste
11. Fight Like a Girl (comic). I believe it is supposed to have 4 issues. I’m getting the first one for Christmas. I may have to force myself to keep it until New Years.
12. Ms. Marvel (comic) monthly issues for a total of 12 issues (because it is my favorite)
13. Storm (comic) monthly issues (as long as she isn’t canceled)
14. Rat Queens Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (because you should be reading this if you’re not. Vol. 1 is called Sass and Sorcery. What more do you need? The answer: nothing. I love all of the Rat Queens, and I need more).
15. Lumerjanes (comic) monthly issues, which I hope will be a total of 12 because it is AMAZING and rival my love for Ms. Marvel. The next blog series will be about all the woman and other cool things Lumberjanes inspired me to research.
16. TBD
17. TBD
18. TBD
I’d really like some grade middle grade fantasy, but I’m have a difficult time finding them easily doing a quick Google search. I don’t have to time to an in-depth search at the moment, but if anyone has any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

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