Six months into 2018, I am well on track to meet my reading goal: making sure one third of all books I read this year represent diverse perspectives. For the sake of definitions, that means books that feature religious, racial, differently-abled, gender, or sexual-orientation minorities as major, multi-faceted characters and/or were were written by authors of color. So far, I’ve read 35 books,17 of which (49%! ) meet my diversity criteria. Here are some of my favorites:
The Scarlet Pimpernel goes on the shelf as my new favorite classic. Written by Hungarian-British Baroness Emmuska Orczy in the early 1900s, the novel contains romance, action, mystery, humor, and grandeur, all with the compelling pacing of the YA novels I devour like candy. The “Scarlet Pimpernel” is the alias of an English Gentleman who works in disguise to save French nobility from their bloody fate during the Reign of Terror, making this one of the first works to establish the trope of a hero with a secret identity.