#DiverseAThon 2.0

Last year over on lovely booktube, I had the pleasure of joining in with a great initiative called #DiverseAThon which was started with the simple desire to make people read more widely and diversely. Well, we all want that really don’t we? I mean one of the great joys of reading is that we can learn about all walks of life from all over the world, walking in their shoes whilst actually sat on our own sofa’s or lying in our own beds. I have always been a fan of anything promoting diverse and minority groups, that is why I started the Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ writing. So imagine my joy when the organisers of last years DiverseAThon kindly asked if I would like to be one of the hosts for its return, I jumped at the chance and excitingly it all starts today.

Now before anyone switches off or clicks away (unlikely I know, but possible) thinking this is something just for booktubers, this is most definitely not the case. Christina Marie, Joce, Monica and myself are all incredibly keen that everyone who wants to join in can join in. You don’t have to have a channel, a podcast, a blog (though if you do lovely), you just have to have some books to hand that fit the bill. Buy them, borrow them, root through your shelves, the more the blooming merrier. All we would like you to do is try and read books from own voices, so not just books about race, sexuality, disability etc, or with characters of those groups… We want you to find the authors writing from those groups and writing through that own narrative voice. That doesn’t mean we are anti straight writers writing about LGBTQ stories or white writers writing about issues around race, we appreciate those voice hugely but we all know the publishing industry could used a little more diversity and if we don’t support those own voices publishers won’t think we want them in our hands and then we miss out on some incredible books and we all lose out then.

I have made a video on the whole idea behind #DiverseAthon 2.0 including some of the books I am planning reading over the next week, I will link them down below. Grab a cuppa and have a watch if you care to take the time, if not ask me any questions down in the comments below.

I am quite passionate about this so I would love lots of you to join in, be it a twitter chat, the instagram challenges, posting on your blogs and vlogs and pods, ha the options are endless. I will be sharing some own voices reviews as the week goes on, some from the backlog I have mentioned a few times, and reviewing the books in my #DiverseAThon TBR as I go, so should hopefully be talking about and sending some great own voices stories, fiction and none, in the forthcoming week. Who is up for this then? Which books will you be reading? Which books do you recommend?

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7 responses to “#DiverseAThon 2.0

  1. Rachael

    I’ll be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi!

  2. Citizen is a total kick in the head; I hope you enjoy it, I certainly did. I just finished The Good Immigrant and thought it was fabulous—a couple of the essays were less successful for me, because of their theoretical focus, but that’s probably my issue, tbh. (I shouldn’t need anecdote all the time, argh!) I have The Underground Railroad, have been meaning to read it for a week or two, and Diversathon is going to be just the push I need. Will have to go through my current TBR and see if I can pull out some more own voices!

  3. “be it a twitter chat, the instagram challenges, posting on your blogs and vlogs and pods, ha the options are endless”

    Is there an instagram tag or twitter address to follow for this? Sounds like fun.

  4. elizabethmaddenlitblog

    I’m keen to do this. I read quite a lot of “own voice” books by/about people struggling with various forms of Mental Illness. If anyone else is interested in this, I’d highly recommend Janice Galloway’s “The Trick is to Keep Breathing” and Janet Frame’s “Faces in the Water” for starters. There are many more! I’ll do some reviews on my blog: elizabethmaddenlitblog. and I’d be delighted to have some other recommendations from fellow bloggers/readers.

  5. I am participaing. I’m currently reading “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead.

  6. I’ll be finishing Toni Morrison’s Sula today, then picking up Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death. I also have Diane Guerrero’s In the Country We Love and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time on hold at the library, so I’ve got plenty to keep me going past this week! I’m trying to make as many of my Read Harder Challenge picks be from diverse authors and I’m really looking forward to many of them.

  7. Well drats – despite reading all kinds of own-voices diverse books during January, I didn’t read The Underground Railroad! Perhaps February… 🙂 Did you end up reading Citizen or Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? I really loved both of those.

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