The Fantastically Diverse Readathon is being run by Uma of Books, Bags, Burgers to encourage participants to read more diverse fantasy novels. Taking place over two months from January 5th to March 1st the readathon is pretty low-key (and it’s cool to join in late like I am!) so it’s ideal for the TBR-challenged among us.

If you’re interested in participating, you can add  TBR post to your blog, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram too! If those are not options either, you can add a shelf for this Read-A-Thon on Goodreads and participate! When you post your TBR, don’t forget to link back to Uma’s master post to follow along. Also use the hashtag #FantasticallyDiverse to talk about the readathon.
So without further ado, here’s my TBR for the Fantastically Diverse Readathon!



Shadowshaper by D.J. Older: I chose Shadowshaper for the category “PoC Protagonist,” as the MC is an AfroLatina young woman. A story about making magical street art in Brooklyn. What’s not to love, right?

Huntress by Malinda Lo: Malinda Lo’s standalone novel Huntress fulfills the “Diverse Myths and Retellings” category; while it’s not a retelling of a specific myth, it apparently makes use of several Chinese legends. Bonus? Queer as hell!

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: Speaking of queer, When the Moon Was Ours is for the “LGBTQ+ Protagonist” category. This magical realism novel features a trans romance, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed: I chose Throne of the Crescent Moon for the “PoC Cast” category, as it features a cast of characters and a magical system inspired by Arab culture. I really respect Saladin Ahmed’s politics (is that weird to say? hmm) so I’m pleased that I’m finally reading something of his!



Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell: Haskell’s Handbook for Dragon Slayers fulfills the “Diverse MG” category, as it features a protagonist who’s disabled: Princess Tilda has a clubfoot. According to the Disability in Kidlit folks, this one has great representation so I’m excited to dive into it!

Borderline by Mishell Baker: I chose Borderline for the “Disabled Characters” category since the protagonist has borderline personality disorder, and also lost both her legs in a suicide attempt. I’ve heard this urban fantasy is compelling and dark, and its supposed to be a solid representation of both mental and physical disabilities.

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin: Last but certainly not least, I’ve selected The Broken Kingdoms for the “Diverse Fantasy From Your TBR” category. I absolutely loved the first book in this trilogy, and I desperately need to continue reading it.

I’m really excited to be participating in this readathon because a number of these books have been on my list for years, and now I’ve finally got the push I need to pick them up. Here’s hoping I can actually stick to a TBR for once!

Are you participating in the Fantastically Diverse Readathon? Have you participated in a readathon in the past? Let me know in the comments!


  1. “Huntress” looks pretty cool! I checked out the description on Goodreads. I’m a little curious about the protagonists — although the book is largely based on Chinese settings, the one protagonist’s name is a very clearly Japanese name. I wonder if that is related to the plot at all…

    1. Oh, cool! I didn’t know that. Now I’m wondering if the stuff I’ve heard about the Chinese legends used in Huntress is actually incorrect…or maybe there’s some sort of culture clash like you suggested. The only way to know is to read the book, right? 😉

  2. If you liked the first book of Jemisen’s trilogy you are in for a treat. I thought book one was mearly OK, Broken Kingdoms is damn near perfect. One of my favorite books.

    1. I actually loved the first book, so I’m really excited to jump into Broken Kingdoms. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking following a new protagonist (what if I don’t like them as much as Yeine?) but I trust N.K. Jemisin completely, haha.

  3. Oooo, very cool, diverse fantasy readathons are a great idea! Passenger/Wayfarer is a great series, and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows series. I hope you read lots of wonderful books during this readathon, Danya! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I know right?? Three cheers for Uma for setting this up! I’ve heard a million great things about Six of Crows (including good stuff about queer and disability rep) so clearly I need to get on that one at some point. Thanks so much, Alyssa! 😊

  4. I’M SO GLAD YOU’VE JOINED IN DANYA!! <3 And that is one fantastic TBR! I've heard a lot about N.K.Jemisin's novels…And yay! Shadowshaper is on my Read-A-Thon TBR too <3 Let's both try our best to stick to the TBRs we've created 🙂 Good luck Danya!

    1. I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE RUNNING THIS, UMA! 😄 I’ve been needing the push to read more diversely. Yasssss, N.K. Jemisin is so freaking good, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about DJ Older. He’s pretty great on twitter too, hahaha.

      Thanks Uma, you too!

  5. N.K. JEMISIN!!!! ♥♥ Oh my word it’s beautiful. I really need more of her books and I’m so behind because I’ve never even heard of this trilogy yet!! *shame*
    There are so many good books on your readathon list – I can’t wait to see what you think of them!! Enjoy your readathon! I wish I could join but life’s not so accommodating at the moment. Maybe next time!

    1. GAAHHHH I love her so much! Does this mean you’ve read The Fifth Season??? I NEED to get my hands on it, like immediately. The first book in the Inheritance trilogy was SO DAMN GOOD. I think I’m going to take my time with the series and then do a review for the whole trilogy at some point.

      Thanks Katelynn! 😊

  6. Sounds like a good readathon, good luck with all your books. I’d join but I need to conquer my TBR and I am the worst for not reading a book in a certain category because I feel like I have to. My brain gets contrary when being told what to read.

    Hope you like the rest of the NK Jemisin series. I found I liked the first one best, the others were really good but the first was just spot on for me. I need to check out more by her! As for the rest of your picks I’ve only heard of 2! I definitely need to check out the rest of these and add to my TBR.

    1. Thanks Becky! The funny thing about this readathon is that it actually is helping me conquer my TBR (at least in some ways), since I’ve added 3 books that I already own to this TBR. And because I’m me, I’ve already deviated from this TBR a bit and read an ARC for the “PoC Cast” category. Whoops! Hahaha. I don’t like being told what to read even by my own lists either! Why are our brains so contrary?

      I’m really hoping I’ll love the whole series! Even though it’s been ages since I read the first one, I still remember it really clearly because I loved it SO much. I’ve decided that I’m going to write a series review for the trilogy once I’ve finished it. Always happy to add books to your TBR Mountain, muah ha ha… 😉

      1. That’s good. I feel like I need a readathon to conquer some of my books and also one which keeps me away from shops so I don’t add to my TBR. I get deviating from TBR lists, you kind of feel stuck when you follow them. I had a full on plan for what I wanted to read and ended up buying a new book because the structure grated. We’ve just got to embrace our brains are illogical and roll with it I think.

        I know exactly what you mean about remembering that first book so well. The entire series sticks in my brain which demonstrates it’s was that good. I t’s just got such good characters and that whole world was just amazing, how do people come up with these ideas? I feel it’s more a TBR mountain range now but it’ll decrease eventually (maybe).

    • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    • 6 years ago

    Interesting challenge! And it might be the right incentive to move forward with N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Kingdoms, since I’ve only read the first two books – and maybe start with other of her series as well, since I love her writing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. I’ve only read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms so far, but I absolutely loved it. N.K. Jemisin is such a talented writer! Reading more diversely is a major goal for me this year so thankfully this challenge will keep me on track. 😊

  7. Good luck! 🙂

    1. Thank you!

    • Greg Hill

    • 6 years ago

    Looks like a fantastic readathon, glad you shared it! Huntress looks AWESOME and Handbook for Dragon Slayers- that cover. I don’t read a lot of MG but that one… several of these are new to me so it’s nice to have these on my radar now. Thanx!!

    1. I’m really excited about participating — and I’m happy it’s a month long too, so it’s not too much pressure hahaha. Right?? I’m stoked to read both of those, especially Handbook for Dragon Slayers. Princesses will *always* be my weakness! You’re welcome, Greg!

  8. Whoa, magical street art?! That sounds awesome! I’ll have to check that one out. And I’m not doing this readathon, but Borderline is on my TBR as well 🙂 And I’ll have to add Handbook for Dragonslayers to my SFF Disabilities list since I didn’t know about that one!

    1. OMG, doesn’t it though??? It’s been on my TBR for ages (ever since I bought the Kindle version for 99p) so I’m quite excited to get to it. It was a bit more difficult to track down SFF with disability rep, but both Borderline and Handbook look completely up my alley. Hopefully they’re both awesome!

  9. Oh man! Queue the explosion of my TBR!!!! I can’t wait to see some of your reviews for these and I’m so glad that you’re doing the read-a-thon too! Awesome to-read list and now most of them are joining my own personal TBR… Ooops! 😂

    1. Hahaha TBR posts are the absolute worst for that, aren’t they?? I always find myself adding at least a couple new books to my list. Good luck with the readathon Di, hopefully we’ll both kick ass and discover some great new reads!

  10. I looked at the master post and I literally just missed the cut-off for participating. But I am really trying to refocus what I read to be as diverse and supportive of different authors as possible, especially considering the world we live in. I’ve read Ash and found is a bit dull, but Huntress may be better. Happy Reading!!

    1. Oh noooooo! What a bummer. Yeah, I feel exactly the same way Tori. Reading more diversely and showcasing diverse experiences/perspectives is really important for me this year, so I’m happy this challenge can act as a way to encourage that. Thanks for the heads up! Hopefully Huntress is faster moving than Ash, hahaha.

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