Thursday 31 December 2015

We Read Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2015 Wrap-Up

We Read Diverse Books Reading Challenge - Not Completed

This one posted a different challenge each month. I missed the challenge for June, and the challenge host disappeared towards the end of the year, not posting challenges for October, November, or December.

For January, the challenge is to read a book by and about someone of a different race.
I read Keeper'n Me by Richard Wagamese. He is a native Canadian and this book is about a young native Anishanabe man discovering his culture. 

For February, the challenge is:
Let's take a look at people with conditions that have no obvious outward symptoms, the ones they don't ask for, that nobody else can see, but which affect their behaviour in ways that other people find puzzling, incomprehensible, or even offensive. I am talking about things like autism, Alzheimer's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression. That list is not meant to be exhaustive but I hope you get the idea. As usual, your challenge is to find novels or memoirs about and preferably by people who have one of these conditions (and different from yours, if you have one) and walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Extra bragging points if the person in question is also a person of colour.
I read Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. Her character suffers a traumatic brain injury resulting in a condition known as left neglect.

March's challenge will take us to one of the most discussed diversity categories of recent times: sexual orientation. Go out and read something in the LGBT range, something about and by someone who is different than you. The host asked a favour of people posting recommendations here: no erotica please.
I read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. The novel has a central relationship between two women at a time in history where such a relationship was taboo.

April's challenge is to read a book in another language, either in the original or in translation. My language skills aren't great. so I'll be reading something in translation.
I read Wonder by Dominique Fortier, translated by Sheila Fischman.

For May: The challenge is to read a novel or memoir about someone of a different generation. Aim for a good thirty-year difference, more is better. Of course, there are no authorities to answer to in this challenge, but a novel that covers an entire life would be cheating a bit. Find something that will make you spend the entire reading time in a head much younger or older than yours. And, as always, if the central character can be of a different race, religion, culture, orientation, or whatever, so much the better. I read Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner, where the main part of the story is the experiences of a 12-year-old boy.

For JuneThis month we will be looking for books that deal with visible disabilities or deformities, the kind that people know you have as soon as they meet you. So go read a novel or a memoir about (and if possible, by) someone in a wheelchair, amputees, people suffering from blindness, Down's Syndrome, any kind of facial or physical deformity or any other highly visible condition.
I didn't read a book for this month's challenge.

For JulyThis month the challenge is to read a book that takes place in a different time. We're keeping it real this month, so that means the past. You can read historical novels written recently, or memoirs or novels that were actually written in the past. The latter are probably better, because the point of the exercise is to understand the mentality of people in a different era. We so often judge the past by present-day standards without stopping to consider that people grew up in a different framework. I read The Education of Audie Merasty, a memoir of a residential school survivor.

For August:  The challenge is to read a book by an author of a different religion. The book should deal with what it means to believe in or belong to that particular religion, although it doesn't have to be the central theme of the story, just something essential to it. I read Last Train to Istanbul,  whose main characters are Muslim and Jewish.

For September, the challenge is to read a novel or memoir that takes place in a country other than the one you live in. But that alone is too easy, so it also has to take place in a country you have never read about before. And it has to be reasonably contemporary, within the last 20 years. I read The Robber of Memories by Michael Jacobs, which is a memoir about a journey in Colombia. 

For October, November, and December no challenges were posted.

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