The #AZDiverse Readathon is hosted by Annika and Zeee and was inspired by the fact that June is Pride Month. For this readathon, diverse reads can fall under any number of umbrellas, from books by/about queer people to people of colour and everything in between.

This readathon is pretty chill, so I’m not too worried about joining in late. Plus I’ve already read the first book on my list, so I’m doing alright!  I’m psyched to participate and push myself to read more diversely. Here are the rules:

  1. Anyone with a blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr…basically anywhere you post that you are joining the readathon.
  2. Use the banner above and write an entry post for the #AZDiverse Readathon.
  3. Readathon will start on June 30 and end on July 5, 2016.
  4. You must choose a diverse book to read during the readathon.
  5. You can choose to have your readers vote for the books you will read for the readathon OR you can list books that you want to read.
  6. Leave your link on either Annika or Zeee’s signup page (linked above)
  7. Tag your posts and updates with #AZDiverse
  8. Sit back, relax, and READ ON!

Pretty easy, right? And lots of fun! I encourage you to participate, even if you only read one book during the readathon. Come flail with me on Twitter!

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I’ve chosen to read the following books throughout the readathon:

  1. Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney — features a blind protagonist
  2. The Star-Touched Queen by Rokshani Chokshi — Chokshi has Indian/Filipino heritage, novel inspired by Indian mythology
  3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin — Jemisin is a black author, & this novel features characters of colour
  4. Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter — 4th book in the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee protagonist
  5. The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Illus. by Kelly Mellings — LaBoucane-Benson is Metis, & this graphic novel follows two young Aboriginal men in Vancouver

These are all books I’ve wanted to read for ages, so I’m excited that I’ve finally got the push I need to tackle them!

What diverse books have you been reading lately? Are there any diverse SFF titles that you think I should include? Let me know in the comments!