Diverse Reading Challenge – 2018

Sponsored by Platypire Reviews (graphic to be updated) this is a challenge that focuses on diversity -as defined by We Need Diverse Books

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Each month will be “focused’ on a specific diversity topic – but all are welcome at any time – with a few caveats

January has been replaced with biracial awareness

LGBT pride month will take place in both June and July and will consist of a mini challenge to encourage reading of the different letters within the spectrum

March will be the only month that’s non-fiction only, and will be for books about or written by women.

The Topics by Month 

JANUARY – Biracial Awareness
FEBRUARY – Black History Month
MARCH – Woman History Month – non-fiction titles
APRIL – Arab Heritage Month
MAY – Asian/Pacific Islander History Month
​JUNE – LGBT Pride Summer
JULY – LGBT Pride Summer
AUGUST – Mental Health Awareness
SEPTEMBER – Hispanic History Month
OCTOBER – Physical Disability Awareness Month
NOVEMBER – Native American History Month
​DECEMBER – Religious Minorities

I’ll be tracking my progress below 



  1. It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian  ~ LGBTQ
  2. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi ~ Arab Heritage
  3. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory ~ Interracial
  4. Where The Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine ~ Physical Disabilities
  5. We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter ~ Religious Minorities
  6. Promise by Minrose Gwin ~ Black History
  7. Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik ~ Arab Heritage
  8. A Cuddly Toy by Layla Wolfe  ~ LGBTQ
  9. Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade ~ LGBTQ, Woman’s History
  10. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole ~ Biracial Awareness
  11. Land For Fatimah by Veena Gokhale ~ Black History
  12. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese ~ Native American
  13. Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa ~ Biracial Awareness
  14. Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian  ~ LGBTQ, Non-Binary