With the world in turmoil and many places following social distancing orders, now is the perfect time to distract your mind and read! Tackle some of your TBR list or get some new ideas (Kindle and Audible books are easy to order without leaving your bed). In order to stay honest about my reading goals, I invite all of you to join me in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow.
Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions.
Once you pick your book, make sure to tag me on social media and use the hashtag #JudgingMoreChallenge. I’ll share my favorites! At the end of the year, I’ll have lots of giveaways. I’ll pick winners based on who completed all 12 months of challenges!
Here’s the 2020 Reading Challenge:
January: A book with a strong female protagonist.
February: A book about nontraditional love.
March: A book you were supposed to read in high school, but didn’t.
April: An #OwnVoices character different than you.
May: A book that takes place in the state you live.
June: A book in your favorite genre.
July: A book in your least favorite genre.
August: A book that takes place near the beach.
September: A book you loved as a child.
October: A modern ghost story.
November: A book about a dysfunctional family.
December: A book that takes place in a snow storm.
April Book Ideas: An #OwnVoices character different than you.
This month’s category is a book with an #OwnVoices character different than you. What is #OwnVoices? It was a movement started by the author Corinne Duyvis to get people to read books written by diverse characters. In order to have proper and authentic representation, she called it #OwnVoices to get books written by authors from those diverse categories. This was mainly focused on children's literature, but exploded in the young adult novel world. Learn more about #OwnVoices here.
For the purpose of this month's challenge, you can pick children's literature, young adult, or adult fiction. The book just needs to be written by an author who's main character fits into the same diverse group. It should also be different from how you identify. For instance, it can be an #OwnVoices character from a different race or sexuality. It could also be a character with a disability. The goal here is to broaden your book choices away from only characters similar to yourself. Here is some information on why it is important to have diverse books, especially in children's literature. Let me know if you learn something about others through this month's challenge.
Here are some of my recommendations for April:
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
- Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ng
- When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri
- We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
- Turtles All The Way Down | John Green
- Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
Since I have already read all of those, I will be reading The Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (which will be featured in an upcoming Judging More Than Just The Cover book club podcast!)
So let me know which book you are choosing for April! And remember to tag me @judgingmorethanjustthecover and use the hashtag #JudgingMoreChallenge.