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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“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 Futurefire.net 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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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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A Q&A With Nevien Shaabneh, Author Of “Secrets Under The Olive Tree”

Today, I want to introduce you all to Nevien Shaabneh, a Palestinian-American author who we may not often see in the book blogging community, but who certainly deserves our attention. She published her debut novel, Secrets Under The Olive Tree, in 2015 and has been been working on her sophomore novel alongside her activism and teaching.

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Books With LGBTQIA Asian Protagonists – #ReadDiverse2017

When I created the original post for #ReadDiverse2017, I promised to provide monthly lists of potential books to read with specific types of representation. I want make specific book lists to make it easier for people to find the books they need. For example, LGBTQIA Asian readers who are seeking fiction with LGBTQIA protagonists can simply Google “Books With LGBTQIA Asian Protagonists” and immediately find what they’re looking for. You won’t be surprised to hear that there are not many book lists dedicated to these specific marginalizations.

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#DiverseAThon Returns January 22nd – Sign Up And Create Your TBRs!

Are you all ready for round 2 of Diverse-A-Thon!? I sure hope so because it returns January 22nd and runs all week through January 29th. Many of us are familiar with Diverse-A-Thon because we participated in the one that happened in Fall 2016. It was created by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney as a reaction to an awful anti-diversity video I’d rather not discuss.’

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