Diversify That Shelf! Readathon Wrap Up

I decided to do the Diversify That Shelf Readathon this August, my first ever Readathon. It’s hosted by Noura over at The Perks Of Being Noura and focuses on authors of color. It ran from the 10th to the 19th, and to make sure I didn’t get overwhelmed I chose just 6 prompts / six books.

Here’s my TBR!

I did not manage to read all 6, I’ve read everything but Hunted By The Sky, which I am half way through! I’ve been super busy with my birthday stuff during the Readathon though, so I still think I did really well.

Mad, Bad & Dangerous To KnowFocuses On Identity – Khayyam’s identity as a Muslim French/Indian/American and Laila’s identity as a female Indian Muslim, in a world of powerful men. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Black KidsFriend’s Favourite Diverse – undeniably an important, ground-breaking young adult novel set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which echoed the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 to an uncanny degree, but I felt detached from the story. ⭐⭐

Wicked FoxNon Western Setting – if it hadn’t of been for the Korean setting with plenty of Korean words to google which I found fascinating (I am particularly in awe of Korea’s love of karaoke), I would have found this book very boring. ⭐⭐⭐

Felix Ever AfterPOC On Cover – I love that Felix was a complex character, with many flaws. He’s very messy when it comes to relationships, still finding himself and discovering what he wants in a relationship, and that was really sweet to watch. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

From The Desk Of Zoe WashingtonDiverse Middle Grade – Zoe’s difficulty balancing her love of baking, her difficult friendships and her desire to be a good daughter while wanting and needing to seek justice for her father, as well as wanting a relationship with him, see her going behind the backs of her family, and you can really see how much she struggles with that. I was actually amazed by this book, and the heavier topics around racism in America that it handled. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall, this was a really fun Readathon and I’m looking forward to doing more, but maybe not too soon! I am so behind on new releases and NetGalley at the moment, so I’m going to dedicate the next month to catching up on those.

5 thoughts on “Diversify That Shelf! Readathon Wrap Up

  1. Yaaaay I’m so glad you did this readathon!! I wish I had been as smart as you and not chosen as many books for it… but oh well! I’ve extended it until the end of the month so I can get through all of my reads so hopefully that works in my favour!
    I’m just about to start Wicked Fox, but now I’m not looking forward to it that much. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with you (because you know I will!)

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