I am sorry that July's We Read Diverse Books challenge is a bit late. I've had a lot on my plate, and I actually managed to forget to post this on time.
This month's challenge will be a simple one, in that there are millions of books that qualify. This month I am challenging you to read a book that takes place in a different time. We're keeping it real this month, so that means the past. You can read historical novels written recently, or memoirs or novels that were actually written in the past. The latter are probably better, because the point of the exercise is to understand the mentality of people in a different era. We so often judge the past by present-day standards without stopping to consider that people grew up in a different framework.
A good place to start would be Middlemarch by George Eliot, considered by many to be one of the best novels of all time. I particularly like it because she (George was a pen name, to get around the sexism of the time) portrays even the most unlovely characters with some real sympathy.
Reviews of historical novels that I have already posted on this blog.