Diversity Bingo 2017

I’m participating in Diversity Bingo 2017 even though I have some slight problems with it. I’ve already talked about my thoughts regarding the term #ownvoices, which is a really useful term but can also be difficult in classifying and occasionally results in people trying to check off a diverse author from their reading list, rather than critiquing and examining their own reading habits.

Another minor problem I have with this challenge is that the majority of the books I see recommended for this challenge are YA, and often centre around new releases. Now there’s nothing wrong with YA, it’s just not my preferred genre. Also I find the way the card is structured, it’s centred primarily on people reading novels, despite the fact that there’s a lot of good poetry and non-fiction out there my diverse authors. Despite all this though, I do think this is an important challenge that encourages people to read more diversely.


Romance with a Trans MC: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Non binary MC: Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

SFF with Disabled MC: Accessing the Future, edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad

Jewish MC: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

Indian MC: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Displaced MC: Ru by Kim Thúy

MC with an underrepresented body type: Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston

Neurodiverse MC: Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone and the Clockwork Suitor by L.C. Mawson

Retelling with an LGBTQIA MC: Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Bisexual MC: She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya

MC with an Invisible Disability: Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton

MC with Anaphylactic Allergy: Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman

MC of colour in SFF: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Latinx MC: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Free Choice: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones

Non-Western (Real World) Setting: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin

Own voices: Skin Like Mine by Garry Gottfriedson

MC with chronic pain: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

West Asian setting: The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak

Arab MC: The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

MC with wheelchair: Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair by Nujeen Mustafa

Book by Author of Color: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Biracial MC: Bread & Bone by Saleema Nawaz

Pansexual MC: The Change Room by Karen Connelly

Black MC: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

MC on the ace spectrum: City of Strife  by Claudie Arseneault

LGBTQIA+ MC of color: The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

Visually impaired MC: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Book Set in Central America: The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon

Contemporary world arranged marriage: Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S.J. Sindu

Indigenous MC: Kuessipan by Naomi Fontaine

Diverse Nonfiction: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), by Kamal Al-Solaylee

POC on the cover: Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

Deaf/hard of hearing MC: Mean Little Deaf Queer by Terry Galloway

Immigrant or Refugee MC: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Hijabi MC: A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed