Diverse Books Club 2018 Reading Wrap-up

This year, reading with The Diverse Books Club has been a ton of fun. It has opened up my reading tastes in a lot of ways and introduced me to books I never would have picked up otherwise. I’m so glad to have been a part since the beginning. 

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[Pictured is three piles of books that were Diverse Book Club selections divided into Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult]

The titles I’ve bolded are ones I have read:

January- Adoption & Fostering

  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Adult)
  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (Middle Grade)

February- Chronic Illness

  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (Adult)
  • Caleb & Kit by Beth Vrabel (Middle Grade)

March- Women in Science

  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (Adult)
  • Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins (Middle Grade)

April- Class & Poverty

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Adult)
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (Middle Grade)

May- Mental Health

  • Sparrow by Sarah Moon (Young Adult)
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Young Adult)

Summer Reading

  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Adult)
  • Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Young Adult)
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward (Adult)
  • Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater by Michael Sokolove (Adult)
  • Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch (Adult)
  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (Young Adult)
  • America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo (Adult)
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (Adult)
  • Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Young Adult)
  • The Secret Loves of Geeks by Margaret Atwood et al. (Adult)
  • Dear Martin: A Novel by Nic Stone (Young Adult)
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele (Adult)
  • Human Acts by Han Kang (Adult)
  • Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart (Adult)
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (Young Adult)
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Adult)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD (Adult)
  • Orphan Island by Laurel Synder (Middle Grade)
  • Breakout by Kate Messner (Middle Grade)
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez (Middle Grade)
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Middle Grade)
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Middle Grade)
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Adult)

September- Stories of Strong Women

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie (Adult)
  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (Adult)
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (Adult)
  • The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood (Young Adult)

October- Books in Translation

  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Young Adult)
  • Maresi by Maria Turtshaninoff (Young Adult)

November- Indigenous Perspectives

  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga (Adult)
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Edrich (Middle Grade)

December- Modern Slavery

  • The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan (Young Adult)
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Middle Grade)


I don’t always like to toot my own horn but I think I did a pretty great job keeping up with the DBC selections in 2018. Unfortunately, the DBC has decided to end but it was a great experience. I’m glad I recently joined some other book clubs to help me continue to expand my reading life. If you want to check them out I’ve linked them below:

Word Between Worlds on Bookstagram
Diverse Classics on Bookstagram
The Stacks Pod Book Club. You must be a supporter on Patreon to be in the book club

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