Monday, 3 January 2022

The Bookish Diversity Link List 2022

 

Your resource for all things bookish diversity is back! Welcome to the 6th(!) Bookish Diversity Link List, back for 2022.



OK, 2021 maybe (big 'maybe',)  wasn't as actively on fire as 2020, but due to it still being a dumpster fire, and a lot of personal stuff, etc., I once again wasn't able to do as much for the link list as I'd like to.

I actually wondered whether or not to have a list for 2022 - the bookish interwebs have gotten to the stage where diversity is so much more prominent than it was in 2016, and I wondered whether I was really contributing anything any more.




But I still think there's need for a resource which points to other cool and good quality diverse bookish things - even if I sometimes struggle to add as much to it as I'd like.

My corner of the bookish interwebs may be flourishing diversely, but the bookish interwebs as a whole has a lot of churn in terms of participants (i.e. people leaving, people coming in,) - and some of the issues around diversity and representation remain as pressing as ever.




So, here I am, once again, doing my small bit to keep things moving forward. I hope you find it useful.





'The Bookish Diversity Link List' with punk-star background





Just like with the original link list, it'll start small and continue to grow throughout the year.





Once again, my (hopefully achievable) aim is to get at least one link for EVERY category - so if you can help out, check out the info. below!


This is a list I started back in 2016 as a resource for those interested in the Diversity Movement and promoting diversity in books.




So what counts?

Well, a variety of stuff, but just as an example:

  • Discussion blogposts 
  • Lists of authors
  • Lists of diverse books
  • Goodreads lists
  • Articles about diverse books


Some stuff that DOESN'T count:

  • Book reviews (although link-ups and lists of reviews are acceptable, this isn't a place for individual reviews)
  • Amazon/Goodreads etc. links to individual books
  • Non-bookish stuff
  • Spam


For more info, see the 2016 list which has more details, or just ask - I don't bite!





I really do need your help - this is literally hours of work.

You can submit links via this spreadsheet - no spam, please.

I'm not responsible for 3rd party content, or for the books the links recommend.

If there's a problem with any link - broken link or concerning content etc. - just let me know in the comments below






This post is 100% FREE for all, but if you would like to support me, Dora Reads, and the Link List, you can buy me a coffee here.




Previous Link Lists












General



African Nationalities





Black



Lit-erally Black - blog dedicated to books by Black authors

The Brown Bookshelf - blog devoted to African American kids literature (inc. YA)

Sistahs on the Shelf - Black Lesbian book blog



Disability


Disability in Kidlit - website dedicated to representations of disability (inc. mental illness, learning disabilities, and non-neuro-typical people,) in Young Adult and Middle Grade (kids') books




General



All Our Worlds - Diverse Fantastic Fiction - a resource for diverse Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative fiction

Bookish Brews - blog from Amanda, focussed on Diverse books, authors, and characters. Decolonize your bookshelf!

Bookish Brews Featured Bookshelf: Recent Book Releases - section of Amanda's Bookish Brews devoted to highlighting recent diverse releases - the books featured change with time

Diverse Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books - Absolutely awesome section of Kristen Burns' Metaphors and Moonlight blog, containing lists of books, discussion posts, and resources

Let's Fox About It (Books Section) - Culture & media site founded by the wonderful Ceillie Simkiss

We Need Diverse Books (YouTube Channel)



Indigenous Peoples 


American Indians in Children's Literature - excellent blog run by Debbie Reese looking at representation of Native Americans, especially in children's books


Latinx


Latinxs in Kid Lit - blog focussed on Latinx rep in YA, MG, and other kids' books



Lesbian (and Sapphic/WLW)



Sistahs on the Shelf - Black Lesbian book blog

The Lesbian Review (Book Section) - reviews, top 10s, book club, etc. of F/F books

The Lesbrary - blog focussed on lesbian and F/F books



Sistahs on the Shelf - Black Lesbian book blog

The Lesbian Review (Book Section) - reviews, top 10s, book club, etc. of F/F books

The Lesbrary - blog focussed on lesbian and F/F books

The Lesbrary Goodreads Project - Lesbrary Goodreads lists

YA Pride




Native Americans


American Indians in Children's Literature - excellent blog run by Debbie Reese looking at representation of Native Americans, especially in children's books



People of Colour (PoCs) (UK - Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME))


Black Lesbian Literary Collective

Latinxs in Kid Lit - blog focussed on Latinx rep in YA, MG, and other kids' books

Lit-erally Black - blog dedicated to books by Black authors

Rich In Color - website dedicated to YA by or about People of Colour (PoCs) and Indigenous Peoples

Romance Novels in Color - blog about romance novels featuring People of Colour

Sistahs on the Shelf - Black Lesbian book blog

The Brown Bookshelf - blog devoted to African American kids literature (inc. YA)

WOCreads - Bina's excellent blog: 'reading & reviewing works by women of color'




Zimbabwean Nationality


Reading Zimbabwe




Lists




Disability


(also see Mental Illness/Mental Health, Non Neuro-Typical/Neuro-diverse/Autistic Spectrum, and Learning Disabilities)



Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Cerebral Palsy - books featuring someone with Cerebral Palsy; Goodreads list from user Danielle



Deaf

9 BOOKS WITH DEAF CHARACTERS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS - Book Riot list by Kendra Winchester



General

Disabled Romance that isn't code for Angst - Goodreads list from user namericanwordcat





Eastern European (Both Heritage & Nationality)*



[Links added soon]



* 'Cee, why is this here? Eastern Europeans are largely white, yes? There's lots of white people in literature.' Yes. Yes there are. Eastern Europeans (particularly from outside of Russia)? Not so much. Also, this is a group of people increasingly facing prejudice and hate crime in the UK. People are being attacked and killed for being Polish and/or Eastern European. So this is my small contribution to a change in attitude.




General



[Links added soon]



Indigenous Peoples

(also see People of Colour (PoC) and International/World-Lit/Geography-categorised)




Indigenous Australians


Indigenous Australian Writing - Goodreads list from user Lisa





Indigenous Women


Indigenous #KidLitWomen - list from Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) @ AICL of kids and YA books written by Indigenous women





Turtle Island Indigenous People


10 GRAPHIC NOVELS BY INDIGENOUS AUTHORS - list from River H Kero @ Book Riot

9 OF THE BEST BOOKS BY NATIVE ALASKANS AND HAWAIIANS - list from Tika Viteri @ Book Riot

AICL's Best Books of 2021 - list from Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) and Jean Mendoza @ AICL of kids and YA books published in 2021

Indigenous #KidLitWomen - list from Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) @ AICL of kids and YA books written by Indigenous women





Native Alaskans


9 OF THE BEST BOOKS BY NATIVE ALASKANS AND HAWAIIANS - list from Tika Viteri @ Book Riot





Native Hawaiians


9 OF THE BEST BOOKS BY NATIVE ALASKANS AND HAWAIIANS - list from Tika Viteri @ Book Riot





International/World Lit/Geography-categorised

(not including Europe, US, Canada, Aus & NZ)
(also see Indigenous Peoples and People of Colour (PoC))




African (nationalities)


WorldReads - Five Books From Cameroon - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




Bangladeshi (nationality)


WorldReads - Five Books From Bangladesh - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




Cameroonian (nationality)


WorldReads - Five Books From Cameroon - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




Asian (ethnicities and nationalities)


12 MIDDLE GRADE ASIAN HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS BY AUTHORS OF COLOR - List from Jean Kuo Lee @ Book Riot

33 MUST-READ SOUTH ASIAN BOOKS OUT IN 2022 - List from Adiba Jaigirdar @ Book Riot

A compilation of Sri Lankan literature - List @ Cinderzena's Book Blog


E.J. Koh's Books to Celebrate Asian American Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Graphic Novel, and Poetry - list from author E.J. Koh on Goodreads' blog

WorldReads - Five Books From Bangladesh - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




South Asian (ethnicities and nationalities)


33 MUST-READ SOUTH ASIAN BOOKS OUT IN 2022 - List from Adiba Jaigirdar @ Book Riot

WorldReads - Five Books From Bangladesh - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




Sri Lankan (ethnicity and nationality)


A compilation of Sri Lankan literature - List @ Cinderzena's Book Blog




Vietnamese (ethnicity and nationality)







Learning Disabilities

(also see Mental Illness/Mental Heath, Non Neuro-Typical/Neuro-Diverse/Autistic Spectrum, and Disabilities)




[Links added soon]





LGBTQ+



Bisexual


24 Bi and Lesbian Books Out This Month! [January] - list of books about Bi, Lesbian, and other Sapphic women, from Danika Ellis @ The Lesbrary




General LGBTQ+ and Queer


10 LGBTQ MYSTERY BOOKS - list from CJ Connor @ Book Riot

15 LGBTQ HAUNTED HORROR NOVELS - Queer horror, focussed on ghosts and hauntings; list from Rachel Brittain @ Book Riot

BE GAY, DO CRIMES: YA MYSTERY/THRILLERS STARRING LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS - list from Tirzah Price @ Book Riot

MOST ANTICIPATED LGBTQ+ YOUNG ADULT FICTION: JANUARY-JUNE 2022 - list from Dahlia Adler @ LGBTQ Reads




Intersex


9 BINARY-BREAKING BOOKS BY INTERSEX AUTHORS - list from Chris M. Arnone @ Book Riot





Lesbian

24 Bi and Lesbian Books Out This Month! [January] - list of books about Bi, Lesbian, and other Sapphic women, from Danika Ellis @ The Lesbrary




Non-Binary


Books by trans and nonbinary authors coming out in 2022 (January-June) - List @ Trans Tales




Polyamory


GUEST POST: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLYAMORY IN FICTION, BY SHIRA GLASSMAN - guest post @ LGBTQ Reads




Sapphic


24 Bi and Lesbian Books Out This Month! [January] - list of books about Bi, Lesbian, and other Sapphic women, from Danika Ellis @ The Lesbrary




Transgender


8 GRAPHIC MEMOIRS BY TRANS AUTHORS - List from River H Kero @ Book Riot




Mental Illness/Mental Health

(also see Disabilities, Non Neuro-typical/Neuro-Diverse/Autistic Spectrum, and Learning Disabilities)



[Links added soon]




Non Neuro-Typical/Neuro-diverse/Autistic Spectrum

(see also Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Mental Illness/Mental Health)



Autism


Autism Own Voices Fiction - Goodreads list from user kell_xavi




General


8 FABULOUS MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS WITH NEURODIVERGENT CHARACTERS - list from Carolina Ciucci @ Book Riot




(Black, Indigenous and) People of Colour ((BI)PoC) 

(UK - Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME))


(also see Indigenous Peoples and International/World-Lit/Geography-categorised)



Asian (ethnicity and nationality)



33 MUST-READ SOUTH ASIAN BOOKS OUT IN 2022 - List from Adiba Jaigirdar @ Book Riot

A compilation of Sri Lankan literature - List @ Cinderzena's Book Blog

Diversify Your TBR: Vietnamese-American Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Recommendations - list from the awesome BiblioNyan


WorldReads - Five Books From Bangladesh - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits





General/All


2022 ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY TITLES BY BIPOC AUTHORS - list from Amber @ Du Livre




South Asian (ethnicities and nationalities)


33 MUST-READ SOUTH ASIAN BOOKS OUT IN 2022 - List from Adiba Jaigirdar @ Book Riot

WorldReads - Five Books From Bangladesh - list from Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits




Sri Lankan (ethnicity and nationality)


A compilation of Sri Lankan literature - List @ Cinderzena's Book Blog





Vietnamese (ethnicity and nationality)








Religious Diversity


[Links added soon]




Traveller and Roma


[links added soon]






Discussion Posts




Disability

(also see Mental Illness/Mental Health, Non Neuro-Typical/Neuro-Diverse/Autistic Spectrum, and Learning Disabilities)


[links added soon]




General


[Links added soon]



Indigenous Peoples

(also see People of Colour (PoC) and International/World-Lit/Geography-Categorised)


[Links added soon]





LGBTQ+


[Links added soon]




Mental Illness/Mental Health


(also see Non-neurotypical/Neuro-diverse/Autistic Spectrum, Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities.)


[links added soon]





Non-neurotypical/Neuro-diverse/Autistic Spectrum

(also see disabilities, mental illness/mental health, and learning disabilities)


[links added soon]







(Black, Indigenous and) People of Colour ((BI)PoC) 

(UK - Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME))

(also see Indigenous Peoples and International/World-Lit/Geography-categorised)


[Links added soon]




Religious Diversity


[Links added soon]






Advice For Writing Diversity

See also: Stereotypes and Tropes


(Black, Indigenous and) People of Colour ((BI)PoC) 

(UK - Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME))

(also see Indigenous Peoples and International/World-Lit/Geography-categorised)


[Links added soon]



Stereotypes and Tropes


Not all tropes are bad - far from it, but so many can be used harmfully against marginalised groups.
It's important to learn about tropes and how they affect our perceptions, especially of groups that are all too often stereotyped or dehumanised.


[Links added soon]




6 comments:

  1. As always, it's great that you do this Cee! Especially now with the book community branching off into other social media platforms such as Tik Tok, I think it's always a great reminder for people to know what the book community stands for.

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  2. Thank you for this- this is FABULOUS. And you're right about the churn- so many people coming and going, you can never have too much. Hope you had an awesome NY!

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    1. Thank you so much Greg! Hope you had a good New Year's too! <3

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  3. So glad that you are building this out and can't wait to see this project grow throughout the year. Wishing you a wonderful 2022 :)

    claire @ clairefy

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