Read All the Diverse Books: Diversity December Bingo and the DA Readathon TBR Lists

So where have I been? Well, I’ve been performing this whole weekend, so I’ve had absolutely no time. Again. I’m also behind in half my homework so…yay?

As of now, in addition to the Beat the Backlist Challenge, I am planning to participate in two other readathons. The first is the Diversity December Bingo, and that is currently ongoing. I have unfortunately not been able to start yet because of all the craziness, but I should have plenty of time over winter break. The line I’m planning to complete is this: img_8345

So the books I’ll be reading are for the above challenge are:

  •  Mental Health Awareness: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Asian Main Character: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • Free Space: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Own Voices: Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Non-western (real world) setting: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

I will also be participating in the DA Readathon, which runs from December 1 to December 15 and is hosted by the lovely Aentee @ Read at Midnight. Below is my signup card:


Here is what I’m reading for each of the prompts:

  • Expecto Patronum (Read a diverse book featuring an issue of personal significance to you or a loved one): Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  • Expelliaramus (Disarm your own prejudices. Read a book featuring a marginalized group you don’t often read about.) : Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • Protego (Protect those narratives and keep them true. Read a #ownvoices book for this prompt.): Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Reducto (Smash that glass ceiling. Read a book that empowers women from all walks of life.): I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafazi
  • Impedimenta (Read a diverse book that’s been left unread on your TBR for way too long!): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Stupefy (Read a diverse book that has stunned the Internet with all its well deserved hype.): A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • Lumos (Read a diverse book that was recommended by one of your fellow book bloggers): When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Are you participating in any readathons soon? Let me know! I’m super excited to read this assortment of diverse books.


The Forgotten Part: Root


Ok, I feel really, really, really bad about this. I got a request to review this book way back when and then a bunch of stuff happened. I went on vacation, and then an unofficial blogging hiatus, and then I had a ton of review backlog. So today I’m finally, finally reviewing this book. Also, a big thank you to Liliana Marchesi for providing me a review copy and being really patient about this. Infinite apologies for the delay.

Here’s the synopsis by the author herself for you:

A dystopian saga built on the belief that man knows about and uses only a fraction of the brain’s real ability.

A saga in which heart and mind collide against a backdrop of unrest, passions, plotting, and extreme actions.

A story that will shock you! A perfect world where there is no place for crime.

A flawless system, the Mind, which has been able to eradicate the corruption from society and give everyone a peaceful and happy life. Of course, the differences between social classes are still there, but everyone is given the opportunity to live with dignity. Only a scourge afflicts humanity: the numerous and unexplained infant deaths which no one seems to care much about. No one but Kendall, who finds herself unwillingly involved in the incredible truth that lies behind these deaths.

On a cold night in Brooklyn, Kendall Green’s life will be upset by an unexpected encounter that will reveal the existence of the Orphans, a secret faction that has managed to escape the control of the Mind and who will do anything to bring this empire of lies to the ground.


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