So I'm already nervous about signing up for more challenges, but these are two I've really wanted to do (they're the last ones, though!). I know I naturally gravitate towards some books and not others, but I don't often consciously think about the choices I'm making in what I read. Hopefully these challenges will help me choose books I might otherwise miss. I'd especially like to think about YA literature that fits these categories. Most of the books I read last year with authors or protagonists of color were adult books, and up until this year, I don't think I'd read any YA with prominent GLBT characters. I recommend a lot of books to my students, and I want to be more representative in the suggestions I'm giving.
GLBT Challenge 2010: The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.
This is not something I did very well on last year. I'm signing up at the lambda level (four books), but I'm hoping to go above that.
Persons of Color Reading Challenge: Commit to reading POC characters and authors.
This challenge came from all the recent cover controversy. By my quick count, I read about twenty books last year with authors or protagonists of color. I'm signing up at level four (10-15 POC books), but, again, I think I'll be able to go above.