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!


  1. Okay, these all sound really interesting! The only one I’ve heard of before is The Star-Touched Queen and I didn’t realise it was inspired by Indian mythology. Good luck getting through them all 🙂

    1. Thanks Lorraine! I’m reading the last one in my stack at the moment and I’m LOVING it so far (The Hundred Thousnda Kingdoms). Sadly I really wasn’t a fan of The Star-Touched Queen, mostly because of the romance 🙁 But basically everyone else out there has loved it, so I think I’m just the odd one out!

  2. I really need to read Jemisin too! And you know, all of these. I’m so glad you’re taking part! You’ve had a strong start so I think you’ll be okay 😉 And like you said, even reading one book for a readathon is perfectly brilliant! Then you get to talk about the booksss! yay!

    1. Eeeeee yay! Haha I know, my cheater beginning totally gave me an edge. 😉

      OMG ANNIKA. You need to read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms ASAP, it’s sooooo freaking good! I’m reading it right now and I think it’s my favourite of the bunch!

  3. Great challenge, it’s too bad I only learned about this now when there are only days left but I’d like to take part next year if it’s on again. Still, looking back at my books completed last month, it’s good to know I read a bunch of #AZDiverse books in June even when I didn’t know about this readathon!

    1. Ahhh I know! I heard about it sort of last minute too, but I thought hey – it’s a long weekend and a great idea, so I went for it! I’m glad to hear about your already-diverse reads, although I’m hardly surprised! 😉

  4. What fun, I wish I’d known about this sooner, but it’s almost over:-( Oh well, very cool, good luck, I look forward to hearing what you’ve read for the challenge!

    1. I know, hopefully next year I’ll be more on top of challenges and I can get the word out sooner. Thanks Tammy, it’s been a very success and fun readathon so far! 🙂

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    • 6 years ago

    I think The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms sounds interesting. Good luck w’/ the readathon!!

    1. I’m reading it right now and it is AMAZING. Seriously, highly recommend it even though I’m only halfway through. Jemisin is an incredible writer!!!

  5. Cool readathon! I doubt I can read something appropriate in the alotted time but I’ll use this as a poke to read something diverse next. Your stack of books looks awesome!

    1. Yay! An excuse to read more diversely is a win at any time, I think. Plus challenges like this help me get through books I’ve wanted to read for ages – which I sometimes avoid because I’m a moody reader!

      So far all the books have been awesome except one (but everyone else has enjoyed it so it might be an “it’s not you, it’s me” situation)!

      1. I’m glad most of your picks are turning out great! I ended up picking up Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant series) in honor of the challenge. It’s a series I already know I love so it would have perhaps been better to try something new but at least it is diverse.

  6. A blind protagonist..?! That sounds so cool! And it’s fantasy. I can’t wait to see what you thought of it!
    The Star-Touched Queen looks so amazing, I’ve seen it all over Instagram and Goodreads!
    I loved the Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin, but the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms looks amazing, too! I really need to read more of her work.
    Great choices! Happy reading! 😀

    1. It was soooo good! Kind of slow to start but once things got going, holy hell was it ever interesting! The way that the protagonist’s blindness was portrayed was als really on point.

      I’m adoring The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms so far, so I think I’ll be scooping up Jemisin’s entire backlist. I’ve heard fantastic things about The Fifth Season, which apparently was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

      Thanks Katelynn! 😀

      1. Both are now on my TBR to wait until I catch up with the most likely infinite number of books to be read! 😉 The Fifth Season keeps jumping out at me in the bookstores. I’ll pick it up, mull over it, but put it back down because 1) price, 2) I’m not into it at the moment. But ONE DAY I’ll pick it up and it’ll be everything I’m looking for. In the mean time, the rest of her work will have to do!

  7. I’m sorry I missed this readathon. I love reading really diverse books. A hundred thousand kingdoms have been on my tbr for far too long!!

    1. I’ll try to do a better job getting the word out next time! It seems like a lot of people would’ve been interested in participating.

      OMG The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was sooo good! Highly recommend that you make that one a priority. I think you’ll love it! 🙂

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