Over on Tumblr, Ladybookmad is hosting a readathon called “Read the Margin.” Basically, the idea is that during the month of December, you read books by marginalized authors. It was created in reaction to the tense climate we live in in the wake of US presidential election.
Books are a great tool for creating empathy for the “other” and for getting us to recognize the fundamental humanity in each of us, in spite of our differences. It is important to read diversely, since storytelling is about the human experience. We can’t truly capture it if we’re only focusing on one group of people.
These are the books I picked out for the readathon:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
and The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
On social media, you can use the tag #readthemargin to bring awareness to the readathon