Reading Challenge 2016

book-759873_1920New year, new reading challenge! I’ve sifted through a gaggle of book challenges on other blogs, and none of them were quite right for my reading goals this year. So I’m creating my own!

Only about a quarter of my 2015 reads were diverse*, so my challenge within this challenge is for about half of my 2016 reads to be written by diverse authors or prominently featuring diverse heroes/heroines.


Five Books by Women

Five Books Set in Foreign Countries

Five Adult Category Books

Five 2016 Debut Books

Five Award-Winning Books

Five Middle Grade Books

Five Poetry Books or Books Written in Verse

Five Graphic Novels/Manga

Five Books Already on my Shelf

Five Classics


*For the purposes of this reading challenge, I am defining diversity with the same definition used over at

“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.”

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