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Diverse Summer Reading Challenge

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I'll be the first to admit that my bookshelves are not a utopia of diversity. Aside from a few remnants left over from my undergrad days, a cursory glance of the books I've accumulated over the years reveals an overwhelming majority of homogeneous characters and authors.

After watching the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign unfold and seeing the statistics, I realized it was about damn time that I actively sought out diverse media. After all, blaming literary disparity on a culture that prefers a specific narrative doesn't accomplish anything if you refuse to challenge it.

I've compiled a reading list that focuses on non-majority perspectives (race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability). I tried to do a mixture of themes and genres since I have a tendency to stick to YA lit. My goal is to read these by the end of summer and blog about the process.

Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Pantomime by Laura Lam
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Being Emily by Rachel Gold
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Beloved by Toni Morrison

Other titles that nearly made the list:
Orleans by Sherri Smith
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Middlesex by Jeffrey
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(reread)House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende

Attempted end date: Oct. 5th*

This list is by no means perfect, but it's definitely a start. What books would you add? Give me your recommendations in the comments!

*I'm giving myself an extra month to make up for missing May.

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