Read Diverse 2017 – 2nd Quarter

The first link-up for Read Diverse 2017 closed right before midnight on March 31st, 2017 and we have a winner! As a reminder, linking up your reviews and blog posts not only earns you badges, but it also automatically puts you in the drawing for a free book. The winner of the first link-up Colorful Book Reviews! But I want to thank each and everyone of you who linked your blog posts and visited Read Diverse Books to read the reviews and insightful blog posts other book bloggers left for us to enjoy.

I was absolutely blown away by the amount of links you all left behind. In total, I counted 1,147 individual links. That is incredible! You are all inspiring in your dedication to blogging and promoting diverse books and discussions.

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[Review] Signal To Noise – by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal To Noise begins in 2009 when Meche returns to Mexico City after her father’s death, leaving behind her quiet but comfortable life in Oslo, Norway. Meche is a Mexican native, but fled her home country and has not returned in twenty years, though for most of the book, we don’t know what drove her away for so long. However, it quickly becomes clear that it has something to do with her former friends Daniela and Sebastian, whom she has not spoken to since 1989. The mystery surrounding their friendship and the eventual dissolution of that friendship is fascinating, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia does an excellent job unraveling their story chapter by chapter, in alternating time periods.

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Call Number: A Library-Inspired Book Box That Celebrates Black Literature!

Call Number is the book subscription service for library lovers!

I was fortunate enough to receive the February box for review, but do know that all opinions expressed here are my own. But I’m not even going to try to contain my love for this box because the contents I found inside exceeded my expectations.

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Post-It Representation

Today, I want to welcome Tiffany Rose to Read Diverse Books. Her debut novel, Hello World, will officially release February 21st, 2017. That’s tomorrow! (Add the book on Goodreads.)

If you haven’t heard about Hello World, this post will introduce you not only to the book, but also to the author and her thoughts on in-text representation of marginalized identities.

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Giveaway – City Of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

Earlier this month, Claudie Arseneault wrote about “queer retellings, aromanticism, and centering friendship in your narratives.” Today, I’m hosting an international giveaway for Claudie’s new book, City Of Strife. This is a book for fans of fantasy, elves, magic, friendship and LGBTQIAP characters!

The book will release on February 22nd, 2017, so it’s only a few days away! The giveaway will be for a paperback copy of City Of Strife, and it is open to everyone. Please enter and good luck. 🙂

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A Taste Of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson – Review & Giveaway!

I can’t stress to you all how much Fantasy and Science-Fiction with LGBTQIA characters mean to me, especially those centering Queer people of color. So when I heard about Kai Ashante Wilson’s follow-up to Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, I was ecstatic. Gay romances set in fantasy worlds really get to me, y’all. I am so thankful to writers like Kai Ashante Wilson for being fearless and unapologetic in writing stories with Queer characters, especially in the current – hostile – political climate.

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[Review] The Mothers by Brit Bennett

“The Mothers” are a group of elderly women who frequent Upper Room Chapel, a focal point and social hub for the small town of Oceanside. Their voices frame the narration — they open and close the story — as they gossip about and recount the history of their town. This narrative choice aptly captures what it’s like to live in a socially conservative town, where your business is everyone else’s and judgment is freely doled out. The social dynamics of the community fascinated me and made for a riveting reading experience.

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“Problem Daughters” Anthology Is Open For Submissions And Needs Funding!

Problem Daughters will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional feminism, with a specific focus on the lives and experiences of women of colour, QUILTBAG women, disabled women, sex workers, and all intersection of these. Edited by Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad, the anthology will be published by Publishing and is currently being crowdfunded and is open to submissions. Today, Rivqa and Nicolette talk about the value of anthologies for readers and writers, particularly marginalised writers.

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Cover Reveal – Spoonful Chronicles by Elen Ghulam

Welcome to my very first cover reveal, everyone!

Today, I’m hosting the cover reveal for Elen Ghulam’s upcoming book, Spoonful Chronicles, which will officially release on April 4th. It’s an #ownvoices novel about an Iraqi woman who seeks to unlock the purpose in her life by recounting everything she has eaten. An intriguing concept with food as a major component of the story? Sounds like recipe for success!

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Queer Retellings, Aromanticism, and Centering Friendship in Your Narratives

Today, I’m happy to have author Claudie Arseneault on Read Diverse Books. Claudie is an important voice in the asexual and aromantic online communities . She is also behind the Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database , which is fantastic resource for those seeking more books with aro and ace representation. Browse through the database, add some books to your TBR, and share it with others!

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Lore Lush Publishing Is Now Open For Submissions

Today I am honored to have Lure Lush Publishing on the blog to help promote their call for submissions. If you are a writer or know some writers who would be interested in submitting their work to Lore Lush Publishing, please direct them to this post or to Lore Lush Publishing’s website and contact info.

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Diverse-A-Thon Wrap Up

I started 2017 with a lot of energy and was eager to fly through my TBR. But that energy only lasted a couple of weeks. By the time the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon concluded on January 15th, I was exhausted and my reading definitely slowed down for the next week. But Diverse-A-Thon started on January 22nd and I was once again excited to read all the books! I had set my TBR to 3 books because I really thought the enthusiasm I had when I created it would allow me to meet my goal. However, I underestimated how much the inauguration of the new president (#NotMyPresident) would put a damper on my enthusiasm to do anything.

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