The Second Annual Summer Reading: Diversity Spotlight is Here!

Last year, Hollywood the Write Way kicked off the Summer Reading Diversity Spotlight as part of summer reading and I am so excited to be bringing this feature back!

The Challenge: Post a review of a diverse read every other day in the summer.
Starting tomorrow (June 20, 2016) all the way to September 20, 2016, expect a review of a diverse read and/or a read by a diverse author every other day right here on Hollywood the Write Way! This will include novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels, and works of nonfiction with the categories ranging from adult and NA to YA and MG.

I read physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks though I kick up the audiobook listening for challenges such as these and am so thankful for a well stocked Overdrive library as well as programs like Audiobook Sync. I do read multiple books at a time but here’s a post on a more detailed look at how I read.

An archive has been started below so that you can bookmark this page and have a quick reference to every diverse read that I will be covering this summer. I’m allowing myself three late days because if I can get ahead, I can also fall behind. (Note: So far, I’ve been late 4 times, each by one day. Eeek!) Feel free to join in for as long as you can throughout the summer or send me a book recommendation via a comment or @ on Twitter!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  – Review
2. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – Review
3. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Review
4. Booked by Kwame Alexander – Review
5. You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong – Review (Short Story)
6. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon Review
7. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – Review
8. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming – Review
9. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos – Review
10. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson Review
11. Finding Center by Katherine Locke – Review
12. Saga Volume 1 Graphic Novel by Brian K. Vaughan, Art by Fiona Staples – Review
13. The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act Graphic Novel by Kieron Gillen, Art by Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson – Review
14. Proxy by Alex London – Review
15. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – Review
16. Scarecrow by Alyssa Wong Review (Short Story)
17. A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong Review (Short Story)
18. The Favorite by Kiera Cass – Review (Novella)
19. A Cup of Salt Tears by Isabel Yap Review (Short Story)
20. Mandela: An Audio History Narrated by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Joe Richman – Review
21. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Review
22. An Ocean the Color of Bruises by Isabel Yap – Review (Short Story)
23. Presence by Ken Liu – Review (Short Story)
24. Giant Days Vol. 1 Graphic Novel by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar Review
25. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan – Review
26. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – Review
27. Unashamed by Lecrae – Review
28. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman – Review
29. This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang Review
30. And I Darken by Kiersten White – Review
31. Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Graphic Novel by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen Review
32. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler – Review
33. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – Review
34. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – Review
35. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – Review
36. For the Record by Charlotte Huang – Review
37. Serpentine by Cindy Pon – Review
38. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdie Review
39. The Weight of Memories by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu Review (Short Story)
40. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee – Review
41. The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers Review
42. My Body, Herself by Carmen Maria Machado – Review (Short Story)
43. Among The Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness & Light edited by Kate Karyus Quinn, Mindy McGinnis, & Demitria Lunetta – Review
44. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Review
45. The Infinite by Lori M. Lee – Review
46. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – Review
47. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs – Review

What are you reading this summer?