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Road Trip Wednesday #211: Diversity In Your Reading

Welcome to our 211th Road Trip Wednesday!

 Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This week's topic: In the spirit of a post earlier this month by our wonderful Sarah Enni, some of us YA Highwayers took stock of what we read this year. The charts below show our results! So for this week's RTW, we challenge you to do the same (with or without charts--we know not all of you have an awesome Kate Hart chart-maker at your disposal!) and come up with some reading goals for 2014. Do you want to read more non-fiction? Seek out more diversity in the main characters of your reading material? Whatever your goals may be, now's the perfect time to get started!
Our charts, made by the brilliant Kate Hart
Information for these charts came from five readers and 268 books

A quick list of a few resources:
-Sarah Enni's original post on this topic lists some excellent resources for finding more diverse reading material.

-Kayla Whaley blogs about white privilege and the reading material she chose this year.

-Latin@s in Kid Lit have a reading challenge for 2014.

-Disability in Kid Lit has a goodreads list of MG and YA novels featuring main characters with disabilities. They also review many such books on their blog. 

-Do you know of other reading challenges bloggers have started for 2014? Feel free to link them in the comments!
Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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  1. I shared my individual stats too!

  2. Really cool charts. Diversity in reading is one of my goals for this year, so I'll try to be more conscious of it.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  3. Funny, my post yesterday was about my reading goals (among other things) for 2014. Definitely need more diversity in my reading material in the form of nonfiction and adult (but YA books always have such pretty covers!)

  4. Thanks for mentioning the Latin@s in Kid Lit Challenge!

  5. Very interesting. Gosh, I have so much reading to do!


  7. Totally unshocked to see my belovèd historical genre in such a minority. That's almost all I've read for years, that and classic world literature, literary fiction, and sometimes other genres, like contemporary, mystery, or sci-fi. I also enjoy multicultural fiction, both historical and contemporary.

  8. Awesome charts! My reading stats aren't quite so impressively captured, but I did find a couple gems in 2013 and am looking forward to more in 2014!


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