#DAReadathon: Getting Our Diversity On!

Posted December 21, 2016 by Inge in Features, Join the Dance // Events, Tags & Challenges / 14 Comments

Hello! It seems to be time for another readathon. We are once again teaming up with the lovely Aentee @ Read At Midnight, who has fashioned up an amazing initiative to encourage us to read more diverse books. I think Aentee said it best in her introduction post:

“Dumbledore’s Army once strived to keep Hogwarts a safe space for all students, despite the odds which were stacked against them. For the upcoming new year, I wanted to take a leaf from their book, and to remember to keep fighting — especially to keep the voices of everyone visible in my reading experience.”

This time, we’re using Harry Potter as an incentive to read as many books as possible from January 1 to 15. Numbers of pages read will earn us House points, as well as finishing books and posting reviews. We’re so excited to get started! Diversity and equal representation in books is so important, and we’re hoping this will encourage others to read more diversely as well.

First of all, which Houses are we reading for?

Aly: Slytherin! Who wouldn’t want to be Slytherin if given half a chance?

Anissa: Slytherin!!!

Ella: Gryffindor forever! 😀

Inge: “You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil.” ♥

Aly: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. Inge read and loved this one, and considering it deals with agoraphobia, I want to read it to better understand what agoraphobia is and what it does. And if Inge loved it, then I will, too! 

Anissa: My Heart and Other Black Holes- I love reading mental health reads and this one has been on my radar ever since it was first released! I’ve heard really good things about it plus it sounds like it’s going to be a good one based on the synopsis!

Ella: Not Otherwise Specified. Really excited to read this one! I feel really personally about some of the issues mentioned in the blurb, plus I’ve heard lots of praise for it as well.

Inge: Just A Normal Tuesday is hopefully going to be a really powerful read. Ever since I got diagnosed with depression, I’ve become more and more interested in suicide (as a topic, not a way to pass my time, thank you very much). It’s an important issue for me.

Aly: Bad Boy by Elliot Wake. Setting aside the fact that Elliot is my favorite contemporary author of all time, Bad Boy is definitely a book that deals with themes and marginalized groups of people you don’t often see in literature.

Anissa: Songs of Willow Frost- I love anything having to do with Asian culture since I find it so interesting and rich with history so when I stumbled upon this one set in the early 1900’s, I just HAD to pick it up and I’m excited to read it!

Ella: I’ve been absolutely LONGING to dive into American Street ever since I got an eARC a few of months back! So excited to dive in 🙂 It sounds absolutely amazing.

Inge: The Danish Girl; I honestly don’t read enough trans books. I’m planning on reading Elliot Wake’s Bad Boy soon as well, but I’ve been interested in The Danish Girl ever since I heard about it. Plus, the movie (which I haven’t seen yet), has Eddie Redmayne, so there’s that.

Aly: The Song of Achilles is a book that I keep picking for readathons and then never get round to reading because work. This time, though, I will read it and I am very sure I will love it.

Anissa: This Is Where It Ends- This book takes on a bit of a heavy subject that not a lot of people like to talk about because it’s such a horrible thing to think about but I feel like it needs to be talked about, especially in the US.

Ella: The Rose and the Dagger!!! The first book in the duology, The Wrath and the Dawn, was not only stunning but made me SO HUNGRY with all the delicious food descriptions. 😛

Inge: The Lost & Found. I mean, it hasn’t been on my TBR for that long — I think maybe over half a year — but it’s been judging me silently on my shelf either way. Methinks it’s about time I read it.

Aly: I’m going to reread The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh for this prompt. TWATD was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I cannot wait to read it again!

Anissa: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous- First of all, I bought this book because it was about pizza. Second, the family in this book is Italian which is rare to see in most YA books. I’m a sucker for main characters of different nationalities so I’m using that as my excuse to finally read the book. It might make me hungry however . . .

Ella: The Secret of a Heart Note! I’ve not read a book by Stacey Lee that I haven’t loved so much that I start to wonder if Stacey actually has magic BECAUSE HOWWWWW CAN SOMEONE WRITE AS BRILLIANTLY AS SHE DOES IN HER BOOKS.

Inge: Dreadnought is a story about a trans girl who just so happens to have superhero powers, and that basically sounded like the most awesome thing ever. Ergo, I am reading this.

Aly: I’m going to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. It has a beautiful friendship between two girls (Threadsisters) who will do absolutely anything for each other, and Susan writes some of the most powerful YA fantasy heroines. It’s inspiring!

Anissa: Pride and Prejudice- I’ve never in my entire life have read a Jane Austen novel so it’s about time I fix that issue before it’s too late and I never get around to reading something by her. I just feel wrong.

Ella: I had SO much difficulty with this prompt! In the end, I found six books I’d love to read for this prompt but the one I’m most looking forward too is We Should All Be Feminists which sounds thoroughly excellent.

Inge: How Hard Can Love Be? is the second book in the Spinster Club series. The first book had a really great portrayal of anxiety and OCD, but it also greatly discussed feminism and the power of women. I’m hoping the sequel will follow that lead.

Aly: My problem is that if a book is hyped, I’ll probably have read it shortly after its release, so I’m going to go with a reread of And I Darken by Kiersten White and, possibly, a read of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu.

Anissa: Heartless- Because I’m obsessed with everything written by Marissa Meyer along with the rest of the world. I also might read “The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu because I NEED TO SEE HOW IT ALL ENDS!!

Ella: Crooked Kingdom here I come! I read and loved Six of Crows last year and I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to think about picking up the sequel. Also, HELLO BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL COVER.

Inge: Six of Crows probably doesn’t sound like the most obvious of choices, but you can’t ignore the hype. I hear amazing things about this Kaz Brekker, and I hear there’s PTSD and disability involved, two topics I don’t read enough about. Also, people keep shaming me for not having read Six of Crows yet.

Aly: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi has been recommended endlessly to me, and since I loved Mafi’s Shatter Me series, Furthermore might be the best book to end this readathon on!

Anissa: Smash and Grab- A blogger friend of mine, Olivia from Olivia’s Catastrophe, first recommended this book to me and after having read her review on it, I was sold. I mean, girl spies and heist stories? YES, PLEASE.

Ella: When the Moon Was Ours! I have yet to read a negative review or hear of someone disliking it which is pretty amazing 🙂 It’s also been bookpushed on me like nobody’s business, which is just making me even more impatient to read it.

Inge: Beautiful Broken Things was actually given to me by Aly as a birthday gift; she thinks I will love it. I hope I do.

Are you joining the #DAReadathon?


14 responses to “#DAReadathon: Getting Our Diversity On!

    • LET’S GO HUFFLETUFF. Ella actually read HHCLB? this month after she couldn’t stop reading the series, so I have a feeling I’m going to love it! (Also the HP references help.)

  1. Why, why, WHY these days? I have an exam on the 15th!!!! *wails* Ugh I do so wish I could take part :(( Anyway, thank you for adding all these new books to my tbr, you guys XD SO MANY PROMISING ONES!!! I’ve only read TWatD, TRatD, My Heart and Other Black Holes and How Hard Can Love Be from these, and they were all just brilliant- all five-star reads!

    And I agree with the previous comment here, Inge- HP references galore, gloriously feminist and a terrific story altogether. But my favorite out of the trilogy is the third one, so do get to it soon! 😛

    Good luck to you all with the readathon!

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques

    • This sounds super promising, thank you, Ruzaika! And I’m sure there will be many more awesome reading challenges to be won by you this year. Good luck on your exam ♥

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oooh, there are so many epic books mentioned here!! I don’t think I’ll be participating just because I’ve never done a readathon and I usually spend the first weeks of January DEAD because it’s so freaking hot here.? But I really want to read more diversely for the whole of 2016!! And I’m excited that my TBR already looks especially varied and eeeep yyyyayy.
    (Also, Inge, the Lost and Found is AMAZING. I hope you like it!)

    • Could you maybe get a reader’s fridge for the January heat? Like a really big fridge with a built-in reading nook? AM I ONTO SOMETHING HERE? Credit me when you become rich, please.


    THE SONG OF ACHILLES AND TRUTHWITCH ARE AMAZING, and The Rose & the Dagger was pretty good too! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

    As for My Heart and Other Black Holes and Six of Crows, I had mixed feelings on those – MHAOBH because there was definitely a love-cures-mental-illness element, and SoC just because it was so overhyped. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    • I AM SORRY Ella is actually secretly Gryffinclaw, does that help? I am kind of terrified of Six of Crows’s hype, but since everyone keeps biting my head off for not having read it, I’ll have to do it anyway! I hear amazing things about Kaz.

  4. First: new bb bloggers, WELCOME! Loving the Slytherin representation here. A lot of these books are on my TBR already, so it’d be neat to see what you think of them! Sigh of relief though, because I have some of these books on my shelves already, so I can read them at my own pace.

    • Yeah I like reading stuff at my own pace as well, but doing a read-a-thon here and there is quite fun for a little kick up the butt. We did a Pokémon one in August, also by Aimee, and it was great! I read all the books on my list!

  5. High-five fellow hufflepuff! I really want to join this readathon but I have finals at the same time so… You guys have amazing picks on your list! I read My Heart and Other Black Holes this year and really loved it so I hope you’ll loved it too!

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