diverse december bingo

I’ve posted a little bit about this, I think, but here is my official Diverse December Bingo TBR! I chose this row because I liked how open it was – own voices and diverse non-fiction could be pretty much anything! However, it also encourages me to read more SFF, which I’ve been really enjoying recently.

PoC Superheroes: Hold by Rachel Davidson Leigh

Luke Aday knew that his sister’s death was imminent—she had been under hospice care for months—but that didn’t make her death any easier on him or their family. He returns to school three days after the funeral to a changed world; his best friends welcome him back with open arms, but it isn’t the same. But when a charismatic new student, Eddie Sankawulo, tries to welcome Luke to his own school, something life-changing happens: In a moment of frustration, Luke runs into an empty classroom, hurls his backpack against the wall—and the backpack never lands. Luke Aday has just discovered that he can stop time.

Diverse Non-Fiction: Negroland by Margo Jefferson

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac—here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.

Own Voices: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower!

SFF with LGBT+ MC: Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey’s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.

Neurodiversity: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

I’m also hoping to knock out a couple of other squares, but we’ll see how it goes!

Are you participating in Diverse December? Leave your TBRs below!

13 thoughts on “diverse december bingo

  1. Bina says:

    Oh those are great categories! I haven’t read any of your Bingo tbr but need to bookmark cause I know I want to read some of these soon. Love the Bingo, hope it continues next year cause I know I won’t stick to a list this month but hopefully next year!😁


  2. Grab the Lapels says:

    These all sound so different from other books I’ve read, which, duh, makes sense, as this is diversity book bingo 😊 El Deafo found the most appealing to me, as I wear hearing aids. Negroland also interests me, but it’s a subject I’ve covered many times elsewhere. Looking forward to your reviews!


  3. Read Diverse Books says:

    Aah, I still haven’t decided what line I’m doing. I’m going to play it by ear because I have a set of books that I HAVE to read in December due to obligations. Starting with Gabi, A Girl In Pieces and The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, then a few more ARCs. Let’s hope I can make a line, even if it’s the one with a free space! haha
    This is an interesting list. The only one I’ve heard of is Negroland. I approve! 😀


    1. whatthelog says:

      That’s fair – it sounds like you’ll hit five boxes anyway, even if it won’t be a straight line.
      Cheers! I’m excited to read these – its nice to read things that aren’t super hyped.


  4. 4thhouseontheleft says:

    El Deafo is one of my back-ups for the #OwnVoices category! My daughter has it out from the library right now; she loves it. She also took my Ms. Marvel for the PoC superhero category and won’t give it back until she’s done!


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