Beat The Backlist // Diverse Reads for Your TBR

POSTED ON November 21, 2016 BY Austine IN Challenge


I read a post the other day. This post, in fact, by Emily Rose of Rose Read that talks about the book community, about how we tend to focus on certain books. And it’s true. We do. From what I’ve noticed, they tend to be either new or unreleased titles. I’m not putting the blame on any one person and know that I, myself, am guilty of this. We get so excited for new books that we tend to neglect the older titles.

This is part of the reason for the Beat the Backlist challenge but I also recognize that there are books we need to promote because of the message they share.

I don’t condone attacking books already published for not being “diverse” enough because lately it just turns into a hateful witch hunt.

I DO think we should, instead, be promoting books by diverse authors, with diverse characters and stories. 

So, in that line of thinking, I’ve gone to Twitter and asked everyone for their favorite diverse books and/or books by marginalized authors. I encourage you all to add these to your TBRs and hope to have the chance to read some of these myself.

And don’t worry, these are titles that are already published (or will be by January) so you should be able to buy them or request them from your local libraries with no problem.



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11 responses to “Beat The Backlist // Diverse Reads for Your TBR

  1. These are all awesome recommendations! And I’m happy to be able to add some new diverse titles to my TBR! There’s a book that I read a while back, that I really enjoyed… it’s called “Little Peach” by Peggy Kern. It’s POC and LGBT and it’s such an emotional read. I highly recommend it! Looking forward to the Beat the Backlist challenge! I’ve yet to get my TBR posted, but hoping to get it up soon.

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    • Perfect! Love to hear of more diverse reads!

      Don’t worry too much over the TBR! It’s just a starting point and you’re welcome to change it whenever you want! (I know I’ll be changing mine lol)

  2. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher, The Color of Water by James McBride, So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins, My Brother my Sister and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi!

  3. I absolutely love these recs, and I’ve already added some to my TBR. Ohh I don’t know if you know about this but a few other bookstagrammers and I are hosting #diversitydecbingo! It’s a readathon all throughout the month of bingo where we have this set bingo sheet filled with fun and awesome diverse book challenges and you can read books to get a bingo! There are prizes and twitter chats with diverse authors on twitter. We hope you will join us! Also I have a rec that’s so awesome. It’s called Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. This is a diverse book because it centers around a main character with a disability. Parker Grant is blind! I absolutely adore this book and it’s one I push on everyone because it truly shows the strength of these characters despite being hindered by their disability!

    • Perfect! That’s what the list is for! And thanks for the book rec! 🙂

      I hadn’t heard about that readathon but that’s awesome! I know I’ll be participating in the #12DaysofDiversity readathon in late December so maybe I can see what crosses over! (Definitely recommend checking that one out if you haven’t already, has a YA re-telling focus which is pretty cool) 😀

    • To be honest, I can’t say for sure. I asked my fellow bookworms on Twitter for recommendations so I can’t confirm any of these, unfortunately.