Saturday, June 07, 2014

48-Hour Book Challenge, 2014: Diverse Books!

Attempting to participate in the 48-Hour Book Challenge again this year! (See my 48-Hour Book Challenge label for last year's posts.) With the Toddler and house rental hunting this weekend, making it up to the full 12-hour minimum for participation may be slightly tricky, but I have a waaaay better chance than I did last year with a seven-month-old.

Starting late today, after noon, so technically I'm doing the 7:00 a.m. Saturday through 7:00 a.m. Monday slot. As it's the latest one allowed.

The theme this year is diverse books, in solidarity with WeNeedDiverseBooks. Now, I only noticed that the Challenge was coming up a few days ago, and my shelves themselves seem to be pretty sad on the diverse front, for the most part. At least the ones in my TBR virtual pile. And I haven't gotten a library card at the new place yet, nor put any books on hold. But! I have a Kindle, and a credit card. Heh heh heh.

First up is Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, a fun nonfiction pick I'm looking forward to. At least, it feels fun to me. Can't remember where I heard it recommended, and couldn't find the source in quick searches of my bookmarks and Feedly tags, but I'm pretty sure someone or other on Twitter or in the blogs I follow mentioned it.

Next is Dangerous by Shannon Hale. I always want to read her books anyway, and it sounds like this one fits the theme.

Then I'm going to attempt to read big chuncks of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner. A... less "fun" nonfiction pick. I already have it and had read the first chapter a while back. It's important stuff to be aware of in general, and I think also important for a novel I've worked on a bit that involves some slavery. Slavery can look a little different in a historical form, so a fantasy novel will probably draw more on that, but I want to at least know more about the modern-day than I do now, so I can make informed choices. Not to mention more research can help with feeling the full horror.

Oh, and as far as the diverse theme goes, it talks about slavery all around the world. Again, not as much the positive and fun side of things, but again, I think it's important.

When I can't take that any more, I'd like to read Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, an excellent book I was distracted from earlier somehow or other. It's fantasy inspired by eighth-century Tang Dynasty China.

Maybe another fun nonfiction book next if I can find one, but barring that, I'd like to pick up The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia from the library. (It's actually available, without needing to put a hold on it; and it isn't by an author whose books I'm one hundred percent sure I'll want to own.) It was on Writing Excuses as the pick of the week in the episode "Writing the Other," and sounds pretty wonderful.

If I finish those this weekend, I'll take it from there. And possibly start writing reviews of them, which always takes me a while. I think it's a good list to be getting on with, for now!

All right! On to the reading! Yay!


Ms. Yingling said...

Dangerous does fit into this. It's good to see that a lot more books have main characters that are not white, and I'm seeing a lot more supporting characters, too, now that I am looking for them. Good luck with your 12 hours!

Anonymous said...

Looks like some good reading you have going on. Going to check out that last book you've mentioned. Happy reading!

Paige Y. said...

Great list of books to read. I really need to read Dangerous -- I've heard so many great things about it.

susan259 said...

Dangerous is on my TBR pile, and I think your nonfiction choices look interesting.

Marcy said...

Thanks! Happy reading! Yes, I really am looking forward to Dangerous. Still in the middle of Writing the Other, which is really really excellent, but I'm about ready for some fiction! And I love all Shannon Hale's books.

Yes, it is good to see how many diverse books there are out there, once you start looking. This Challenge is not going to help me whittle down my TBR pile, I think... :)

Marcy said...

Thanks susan259, now that I've started reading Writing the Other, I would totally recommend it, even for people not interested in writing fiction. I think there's a lot that applies to living life in general, surrounded by people who are not quite like us. Plus it can help to see and appreciate where authors do this well in fiction you read. Or put words to what is irritating you when authors do it badly!

snagamat said...

I love all the nonfiction! I definitely have to check those out. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Marcy said...

Thanks and you're welcome! Just finished reading Writing the Other (yeah, I'm not going to get up to even 12 hours, bother), and not only is it excellent in its own right (I highlighted all over the place), but it had a number of very intriguing novel recommendations I'll have to add to the ever-growing TBR pile.