Checking my July Goals

So I have a set of monthly goals that encourage me to read more diverse books, which I obviously want to help promote and I really enjoy reading about experiences that are outside my own. It’s so nice to see some representation that matches myself sometimes, so I just want other people to be able to have themselves reflected in books as well.

Monthly Goals:

I want to read at least:

  • At least one book by BAME authors and/or one that contains BAME characters
  • At least one book by an LGBT+ author or that contains LGBT+ themes
  • At least one book containing themes about mental health issues/disabilities

I am going to tackle these one bullet point at a time with regards to the books I read in July (the full list of books can be seen here and here).

1. BAME authors/characters

  • Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla
  • Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh
  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
  • Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
  • The Good Immigrant (anthology)

2. LGBT+ authors/characters

  • Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke
  • Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (also features BAME side characters and includes a character with bipolar disorder)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (BAME characters, disability representation and the LGBT+ representation is also in Six of Crows, but I wanted to particularly include the representation here as it’s more obvious)

3.  Books containing themes about mental health issues or disabilities

  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (attempted suicide and grief)
  • Six Of Crows (also in Crooked Kingdom but I included that in the above bullet point first) by Leigh Bardugo (Kaz has a condition called haphephobia which is an extreme rare phobia of skin to skin contact, walks with a cane to aid his physical disability and he also suffers from PTSD)
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (BAME characters and features themes around grief)

Obviously some of these books are intersectional and should feature on more than one bullet point, but I wanted to only list a book once on here.

I hope this introduces some new diverse books to you, most of which I really enjoyed.

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