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Diversity Reading Challenge 2016. How’d You Do?

Diversity Reading Challenge 2016: Recap

Here’s the list from 2016.

Wanna see how I did?

A book written by or about a person of Hispanic origin. I read When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.
A book in which a character suffers from mental illness. Ooops missed this one.
A book written by or about someone with Spectrum Disorder. I read: Rain Reign by Ann M Martin.
A book with an African-American young woman as a main character. I read The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.
A book containing an Asian main character. I read What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?: Life in China’s Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu.
A book with an illustrator of color (think Kadir Nelson). I read: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The illustrator is Shane W. Evans.The author is Jonah Winter.
A book with an LGBT main character. I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
A graphic novel. I read Persepolis. Also doubles as Muslim girl on cover.
A book with a Muslim girl on the cover. I read Persepolis. It also doubles as a graphic novel.
A book written by or for African American young men. (think Walter Dean Myers) I read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
A book in which the author or main character has a physical disability. I read The Six by Mark Alpert.
The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel.  I read Night by Elie Wiesel.
So, while I read a lot of books in 2016, I did not accomplish reading a book about someone with a mental illness. I thought I’d had. I’m sure I can do better in 2017.
How did you do?
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Heartbreaking Holocaust story in Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more disgusted with the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, I read Night by Elie Wiesel. I’ve read numerous books depicting the horrendous and inhumane treatment of Jews during the war: , The Zookeeper’s Wife, Rose Under Fire, The Hiding Place, to name a few. What continues to disgust me is the level of depravity of the Nazis; I learned in this book, that the Nazi guards kept young boys, called pipels, as companions or toys and that these pipels could act as second in command if the guard needed to delegate authority. Naturally, if these guards were punished, their pipels were too. The problem is, a young boy of 12 takes longer to die from hanging than a grown man does. This is what young, 15 yr old Elie Wiesel witnesses.

There are so many experiences that Wiesel has that it’s difficult to understand how he manages to eloquently get it all into a very slim book. But yet he does, with such heartbreaking honesty that you can’t help but weep with bitter tears, especially when the pious men begin to doubt their faith. There are so many reasons to be sad about the Holocaust but yet somehow Wiesel survives after Buchenwald is liberated and lives a long, productive life. I don’t know how he did it. But I’m so glad he did.

Must read. Very graphic. Very upsetting. Add this title to your collection; you won’t be sorry. Qualifies for the 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge.