The Diverse Books Tag

the-diversebooks-tag

This year Naz at Read Diverse Books started his own book tag, The Diverse Books Tag, which was predictably awesome! I took part on instagram but thought with the new blog focus I’d do a proper tag post. Since my focus is on reading women of Color I thought I’d look for/recommend a book for every category at the intersections of WOC. Also, as far as I’m aware these books are all #ownvoices. Lastly, I’m basically treating this as a personal tbr 😀

Here are the rules:

  1. Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  2. The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
  3. If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for oneA quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

1. Find a book starring a lesbian character.

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett gr-pic

jam-on-the-vine-black-lesbian

A Black lesbian lit classic about the first female-run African-American newspaper, Jam! On the Vine, set during the Jazz age. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

2.Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik gr-pic

sofia-khan-is-not-obliged

Basically romance but I want to read more fun lit and I’ve heard good things about it from Muslim book bloggers, so will give it a try.

3.Find a book set in Latin America.

Malambo by  Lucia Charun-Illesca,translated from Spanish by Emmanuel Harris II. gr-pic

malambo-latinam

It’s important to seek out Afro-Latina voices and I read barely any Peruvian lit so this one sounded like a good start.

4.Find a book about a person with a disability.

Dirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha gr-pic

dirty-river

Love her poetry and have a copy of her memoir waiting on my shelf.

5.Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj gr-pic

the-stars-change

This is set on a South Asian settled university planet on the brink of war between humans, aliens and modified humans. This book is “an erotic science fiction novel-in-stories” and sounds pretty cool. If you’ve read this let me if it’s romance heavy please!

6.Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

Go Tell the Sun by Wame Molefhe gr-pic

go-tell-the-sun

The stories in this collection are set in Botswana and I’ve read that there’s lesbian rep in at least one of them. The author also contributed a story to the Queer Africa collection.

7.Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

Not Vanishing by Chrystos gr-pic

not-vanishing-chrystos

Menominee poet Chrystos is a “warrior, writer, and arrow in the throat of colonization.”

8.Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).

The Quilt & Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai gr-pic

ismat-chughtai

Ismat Chughtai was a feminist Urdu writer exploring gender, sexuality and caste in Muslim India’s middle-class. So happy my friend Vishy gifted me one of her books!

9.Find a book with a biracial protagonist.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow gr-pic

girl-fell-sky

The main character Rachel is the daughter of a white Danish mother and an African-American father and goes to live with her grandmother after a tragedy. I reviewed this book here.

10. Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.

Me Hijra, Me Laxmi by Laxmi gr-pic

me-hijra

This is the memoir of Indian hijra activist Laxmi. Though it has been translated from Marathi and apparently also slightly edited by the translators. Still on my tbr!

Have you read any of these? Where to start? Let me know in the comments!

Basically, everyone’s done this tag already but if not, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

Advertisements

31 thoughts on “The Diverse Books Tag

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kate!😊 Yay glad you’re planning on doing the tag! It’s not that difficult there’s lots of listicles and goodreads to help you.

      Like

  1. I can always anticipate your lists to be awesome and introduce me to new books!! A lot of people have done the tag, so many of the same books keep being chosen. It’s good to know that there are still many books we haven’t considered. 🙂
    I’m finally going to read Sofia Khan during Aentee’s Dumbledore’s Army Readathon. Can’t wait!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks so much, Naz! This was a great opportunity to grow my tbr😁 I think the Tag is awesome and we could try to see how many more recs we have each year, really hope there’ll too many to count ✊
      Have a blast readathoning, Sofia Khan sounds like a perfect read for it😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I hope you enjoy Sofia Khan is Not Obliged! I highly recommend it. It’s ideal for readers of light, romantic fiction, but I think it will work for a wider audience because of how funny it is.

    Like

    1. Gosh, thanks so much! 🙂 I can definitely learn from you about MG and YA lit, especially MG lit is something I always enjoy but forget to seek out. Hope you find something great in this list for you to read!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Great, unexpected choices! Ive been meaning to read stuff by Chrystos forever, I should get on that. And the Sofia Khan book looks like a fun light read, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a Muslim protagonist, so that should certainly change. I’ve put it on my TBR!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Casey! Love her poetry, I was actually introduced to her works in uni, yay! Hope you’ll like her poems! 🙂 Oh yeah Sofia Khan has gotten great reviews from Muslim bloggers so I’m super excited and also it’s a fun book with a Muslim MC not another terrorism or immigration focused book!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. *South Asian settled university planet* = Instantly adds to TBR. My inner SFF is always on the lookout for stories like this. Thank you for the wonderful rec list! I remember Silicon tagged me to do a list at some point. Feeling much more inspired after seeing this amazing one.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I am really embarrassed to admit that I didn’t recognize any of these books, HOWEVER that’s what this tag is all about! Expanding our horizons! The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and The Stars Change look particularly appealing to me. I’ve been tagged to complete this tag by a few different people, but I really want to be able to complete it with books I’ve read! I still have to complete #6, #7, and #9!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s