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A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
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12 Months - 12 Books

If you want to do something similar, consider the Diverse Reads Challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat (you've got to love that name). You can sign up at the website or just take the idea and run with it.  

The Diverse Reads Book Challenge suggests the following focus for each month:

January– diverse folklore/mythology (e.g. South Asian mythology, Russian folklore, Japanese folklore, etc.)

February– POC Main Character / Biracial / Multiracial

March– main characters with a disability

April– mental health

May– religious diversity

June & July– sexuality and gender identity

August– non-Western setting

September– #ownvoices

October– Intersectionality

November– diverse retellings

December– 2017 Releases

      

    Got a Goal?

    Do you have a reading goal this year? Send me a brief description and a link if you are using a website to guide you this year.  Go EvCC Readers in 2017!

    Kimi Crombie is  doing the Reading for Fun: put the oomph back in your reading life Challenge and here are her choices to far:

    • A book you chose for the cover: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
    • A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (I never got to that one last year, shoot!)
    • A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit: TBD
    • A book you've already read: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • A juicy memoir: Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey (Missed this one last year, too, although I have started it)
    • A book about books or reading: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    • A book in a genre you usually avoid: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin (apparently Kimi avoids mysteries at all costs!)
    • A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
    • A book in the backlist of a new favorite author: TBD
    • A book recommended by someone with great taste: TBD
    • A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet: The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines (from HGTV's Fixer Upper)
    • A book about a topic or subject you already love: Daughters of Zion: a family's conversion to polygamy by Kim Taylor
        
       

      Into the Unfamiliar

      As I considered the focus of my own reading challenge for 2017, I very quickly decided to emphasize experiences and backgrounds that are different from my own. In my not-very-humble-librarian-opinion (and backed by research studies), reading not only takes us other places but it has the proven ability to change how we think.  They'll be more about that in the February installment of EvCC Reads.  At any rate, follow along as I explore both memoir and fiction with the goal of expanding my awareness and gaining an understanding of diverse experiences and points of view.  

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      Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Sunil Yapa
      ISBN: 0316386553
      Publication Date: 2016-10-18
      You may remember the protests in Seattle during the World Trade Organization's 1990 meeting and this novel explores that experience. From Amazon: "Yapa’s world introduces you to a kaleidoscope of characters and each is raw, real, driven by their own obligation and role in the protests." I appreciated the way Yapa developed this story but I did not find the characters to be compelling. Reading time is precious and I would not recommend this book.

       
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