#DiversityDecBingo Announcement + Recommendations

If you follow me on either Twitter or Instagram you may have already seen me talk about the #DiversityDecBingo, but if you don’t (you’re missing out ;)) not to worry I have you guys covered.

#DiversityDecBingo is a month long reading challenge (It starts at 00:00 Dec 1st according to your timezone and ends at 23:59 Dec 31st) hosted by me and some friends. The aim is to encourage people to read books by marginalized authors and/or about marginalized characters. The rules are simple; all you have to do is pick 5 squares in a vertical/horizontal/diagonal row and read one book per prompt (you can’t double up on books so you do have to read a different book for each square). If you’re able to complete your row you’ll be entered into a giveaway (more details will be announced on twitter so make sure you keep an eye out on the #diversitydecbingo hashtag).


I know it can be hard to find books for specific squares so I’m going to share some to make it easier. I haven’t read all of these books so I cannot vouch for how good they are and these are definitely not the only books out there (if you have any more suggestions please leave them in the comments to help your fellow readers). For more information on each book just click on the picture and it’ll direct you to the goodreads page.

Non-western Cultural Fantasy

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For more recommendations:

Non-Binary Main Character

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For more recommendations:

Refugee Main Character

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Fore more recommendations:

PoC Superhero(es)

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For more recommendations:

Chronic Pain Sufferers

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If anyone else has any recommendations or knows of any posts/lists please leave them in the comments to help your fellow readers out!

Demisexual Main Character

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For more recommendations:

Muslim Main Character

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Trans Main Character

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Diverse Non-Fiction

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For more recommendations:

PoC Or Interracial M/M 

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I couldn’t find any blog posts/lists specifically dedicated to interracial/poc gay relationships but I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll be able to find more recommendations. I did however stumble across Aimal‘s recommendations graphic which you can view here.

Mental Health Awareness

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Asian Main Character

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Own Voices

Own voice books are books written about characters who are a certain sexuality/race/religion/etc that the author is also. For example, a trans author writing a book about a trans character would be an own voice.

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For more recommendations:

Non-Western (Real World) Setting

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For more recommendations:

PoC On Book Cover

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PoC With Natural Hair

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Again, I couldn’t find any specific posts dedicated to this. However, if you use the recommendation links for ‘PoC On Book Covers’ you’ll definitely be able to find more.

Disabled Main Character

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SFF With LGBT+ Main Characters

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Pansexual Main Character

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Unfortunately I couldn’t find any posts/lists dedicated to pansexual characters and the books above are all of the ones I could find. If you know of any other books please share them in the comments!

Indigenous Main Character

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F/F Romance

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Biracial Main Character

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Asexual/Aromantic Main Character

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Of course these aren’t all of the books you can read, so if you know of any other books that would fit any of these categories feel free to read them instead. Since I haven’t read the majority of these books I’m unaware if they’re bad/harmful rep so if you have read any of them and think they are please inform me so I can remove them.

Will you be participating? What row will you be doing? Have you already decided on your TBR? Tell me in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “#DiversityDecBingo Announcement + Recommendations

  1. 4thhouseontheleft says:

    I was still undecided on the SFF with LGBT+ Main Character category ( I am doing one of the down columns), your recommendations really help for that category! I have already read ADSOM, so I will probably choose either Timekeeper or Labyrinth Lost. Thanks!


  2. whatthelog says:

    What a fantastic post, thank you! I’ve already picked which books I’m going to do for Diversity December Bingo, but this has definitely reminded me of some to pick up in 2017!


  3. Aislynn d'Merricksson says:

    I would love to play! Do we have to pick a row, or can we let it grow organically? I review professionally and never know what I might get that fits a category.

    For disabled- the highwayman by RA Salvatore
    For indigenous main- Island of the Blue Dolphins (or any of the First Americans series by W Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear)


  4. Jennifer Hallock says:

    Read diverse AND indie! Check out #romanceclass books (http://romanceclassbooks.com/) for non-Western setting and Asian main characters. Also, Hold Me by Courtney Milan has a trans main character, POC on the cover, biracial main character, and #ownvoices. Also her book Talk Sweetly to Me has a POC on the cover. Piper Huguley, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and Alyssa Cole are #ownvoices authors, just to name a few. Tamsen Parker’s Looking for a Complication is F/F, and Teresa Noelle Roberts’s Chronicles of the Malcolm is SFF which includes LBGTQ+. Damon Suede is M/M #ownvoices. My book, Hotel Oriente, has a deaf heroine, and Under the Sugar Sun has a non-Western setting and biracial/Asian main character. Many of these indie titles are good values, and if you’re going to be reading a lot…check them out.

    Though not indie, Jeannie Lin’s romance series are all set in different periods of Chinese history. There is even an Asian steampunk. (I love the Lotus Palace series set in the Tang Dynasty.) KJ Charles writes interracial M/M. Enjoy!


  5. TeacherofYA says:

    I didn’t know Daughter of Smoke and Bone was considered an asexual/aromantic read. I’m going to read the last one but I thought she had feelings (romantic) for the Angel…maybe I don’t know enough about it to make a judgment on some of these categories…


    • Emily D says:

      The main character is not asexual. There is a side character (Liraz) who many believe to be asexual, though arguments could be made against that. I myself would not count it as an asexual read.

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      • TeacherofYA says:

        Oh, ok. That’s why I got confused. Thank you! I remember Liraz. I need to read the last book still and I have it checked out: it’s been awhile since I have read the first two. I have seen a couple other people use this book as their choice for book bingo so I was confused about it.


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