Okay, fine, maybe it’s not The Book Wars Edition, given that I did not discuss this with the others, though I’m sure they have their own challenges ready.
Anyway, I keep seeing the following checklist floating around on Twitter and Tumblr. The list is from POPSUGAR and, well, it’s an online “women’s” magazine. Thing is, this list does not seem to be aimed for me or any other woman I know, so while I do love the idea of having a challenge, I feel like this list is not really all that challenging:
Honestly, I think the reason I see this list around so much is because a) it’s pretty and b) well, what better way to prepare for the new year than to start with a handy to-do list? Lists are fun and they keep us efficient and oh, let me just admit, I get a thrill out of every box I check.
And so I have decided to use the list above as a starting point and make my own! I am anticipating being employed (*fingers crossed*) and not having all that much time to read for myself (and not the blog) this year, so this will be a not-so-hardcore-but-nonetheless-interesting reading challenge for myself and (I hope) some of you:
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- Try to pick 8 or more writers who are not straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, and/or male.
- Try to pick 8 or more books with protagonists/main players who are not straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, and/or male.
- Basically, read as diverse as you can. Here’s your starting point: http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/
- You get points for having, at least, five books from the list be graphic novels and/or picturebooks.
- I was going to make it really difficult and demand a classic romance that is feminist and inclusive and not homophobic and racist- but it seemed impossible that such a work of classic (English) literature exists. If you find one, five points to you, my knowledgable friend.
- ??? – Add your own restrictions and motivations! Share them with in the comments!
Here’s to some great books in 2015! 🙂