Hey ho, it’s that time again! So remember a few months ago when that trashfire video resulted in a weeklong readathon dedicated to boosting marginalized voices? Well, they’re back! That’s right, Diverse-A-Thon is happening from January 22nd to the 29th, which means I get to spend this weekend participating in two readathons. My body is ready.
This ‘thon is hosted by the wonderful Joce, Christina Marie, Monica Watson, and Simon Savidge. They are all booktubers, but there are participants from all over all varieties of social media. For example, I learned from Joce’s announcement video that Naz and Mara will be joining the hosts to promote Diverse-A-Thon across both Instagram and the blogging platforms.
The great thing about this ‘thon is that it’s a super low stress one- there are no reading challenges or specific prompts involved. Participants can read one, two, or ten books within the space of the week. There will be daily twitter chats, which are very interesting, and give you an opportunity to discuss a lot of key issues surrounding diversity in publishing, as well as get a ton more books recommendations. The group book selected this time is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is one hundred percent optional, and will not detract from your readathon participation if you don’t choose to read it.
Personal note: I’m not sure if the challenge specifies this, but I’d like everyone to keep in mind that promoting diversity in reading is about boosting marginalized voices and experiences. So if you’re choosing to only read books by white/cis/het/able authors who’ve included marginalized characters in their story, then that isn’t really the same thing. If we are to change the landscape of publishing, then we need to support authors and experiences that are of a wide range and a variety of intersections. I don’t intend to police anyone’s reading choices, but I’d just like to gently remind everyone why these events are being organized in the first place.
If you need more incentive: Naz is letting everyone that participates and creates a sign-up post with a TBR submit that post to earn 1 point towards a badge for #ReadDiverse2017 (Yes yes that definitely motivated me to create one instead of simply participating in the ‘thon).
Alrighty, since I’m still in my YA/light books zone, here’s potentially what I’d like to read during the week:
Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you’re participating. This is such a cool initiative and I’m glad to be participating. Know that I’m a social media junkie that will be cheerleading you through the week if you need a boost. I am also linking the announcement videos by Joce, Simon, and Christina Marie if you’re looking for more information, or just really cool booktubers. Be sure to follow the official Diverse-A-Thon twitter account for the latest updates!