2017 Challenges

Here are the five book blogging community challenges I’m participating in for 2017. A lot of these challenges will have overlap. I’ve only listed specific choices for 2017 Diverse Reads, as that challenge has monthly mini-challenges. Otherwise, I will list and link up books as I read them. ‘No crossover’ means I read a book specifically for that challenge and cannot count it towards my total for another challenge. My general goals are:

  • 12 books for 2017 Diverse Reads (including crossover)
  • 15+ reviews for Read Diverse Books (crossover N/A – this isn’t a reading challenge)
  • 6 books for Diversity Bingo (no crossover with other challenges)
  • 10 books for Canada 150 (including crossover)
  • 15 points for Newbery (min. 5 Newbery medal winners) (no crossover with other challenges)

2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

2017 Diverse Reads banner

  1. JanuaryWhen the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (based on/inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology – Chinese)
  2. FebruaryShadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (POC/biracial/multiracial MC – Afro-Latina)
  3. MarchHandbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (disability – club foot)
  4. April More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (mental health – depression)
  5. MayAmina’s Voice by Hena Khan (religious diversity – Muslim)
  6. June When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (sexuality and gender identity – transboy)
  7. July – Nevada by Imogen Binnie (sexuality and gender identity – transwoman)
  8. AugustOne Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi (non-Western setting – Afghanistan)
  9. SeptemberSanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (Own voices – Inuit)
  10. OctoberA Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby (Intersectionality – LGBT+ and Indigenous)
  11. NovemberThe Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Diverse retelling – lesbian Little Mermaid)
  12. December -TBD (2017 release)

Read Diverse Books

  1. Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On being black and white in Canada by Lawrence Hill (Family Reads)
  2. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  3. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
  4. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  5. The Girl Who Beat ISIS by Farida Khalaf
  6. Will I See? by David A. Robertson, IsKwe, and GMB Chomichuk
  7. Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner
  8. Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1 (including review of Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan)
  9. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  10. Spring 2017 Diverse Reads (When the Moon Was Ours, More Happy Than Not and Handbook for Dragon Slayers)
  11. Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2 (including review of Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee)

Diversity Bingo 2017

Diversity Bingo 2017

My goal in participating in this challenge is to read books I wouldn’t have read if I hadn’t participated. Some boxes I could check off in the course of my regular reading plans (Indigenous MC, romance with a trans MC, etc.) – i.e. I would have read them with or without the challenge. I’m not interested in checking off those boxes because that’s not pushing me to read diverse books; that’s just me reading what I usually read. I want to use this challenge to highlight areas of my reading that lack diversity. Below are some particular squares which I don’t think I would check off in the course of my normal reading habits.

  1. Deaf/hard of hearing MC
  2. Hijabi MC (own voices)
  3. Central America setting
  4. Ace MC (own voices)
  5. Displaced MC
  6. Non-binary MC (own voices)

 Canada 150

  • 2017 Canadian literature bingo
    • B1 – a book from the CBC’s 100 novels that make you proud to be Canadian
    • B2 – a book from a province/territory you want to visit
    • B3 – Canadian memoir
    • I2 – Written by an Indigenous author
    • I5 – Scifi/dystopia novel
    • N2 – non-fiction
    • G2 – Book about someone immigrating to Canada
    • G3 – Book published in 2017
    • G4 – Translated novel [from Quebec]
    • G5 – Book written in your province
    • O1 – Canadian novel published the year you were born [1992]
    • O5 – A book from the CBC’s 100 true stories that make you proud to be a Canadian

    Newbery Reading Challenge

    Newbury Reading Challenge

    • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (3 points)