My Lit Box – January Unboxing

January will be the last month I do a sponsored unboxing for My Lit Box. I will, of course, keep the service and continue to pay for it because it is a fantastic book subscription box and I don’t have any complaints! In the future, it’s possible that I will do another unboxing post, but only to share the awesome contents inside because I want to.

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Author Elliott Turner Takes On “The Rapid Fire Book Tag”!

Earlier this week, I reviewed Elliott Turner’s debut novel, The Night Of The Virgin. If you didn’t get a chance to read my review, you can do so now. However, the novel won’t release until June 2017, so keep it in the back of your mind and add it on Goodreads for now!

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The Best Books I Read In 2016

According to Goodreads, I read 91 books in 2016 – well above my goal of 75 books. I had started the year with a goal of 50 but quickly realized that I’d surpass that number easily after I started my book blog. 2016 was my best reading year yet! I almost tripled the number of books I read in my previous highest reading years. But 2016 wasn’t a great year for me just in the number of books read, but also in the quality of the books I read.

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Read Diverse 2017 – A Reading And Book Review Challenge For Bloggers!

2016 was an excellent year for diverse books. We saw the release of many great titles that celebrated marginalized perspectives and experiences, as well as several debut and established authors who gained the recognition they deserved. It was not a perfect year by any means, especially outside of the book community. Within the book community we saw much discord and conflict. Many of us had to be louder & more passionate than ever in our support for diversity against a barrage of racist books, authors, bloggers, and the general onslaught of a system that keeps pushing back on our demands for inclusion and equity in the publishing industry.

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Book Characters I’d Like To Meet Under The Mistletoe

I don’t usually do holiday-themed blog posts. Didn’t do any for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays celebrated in the U.S…and I wasn’t planning on doing a Christmas-themed post either, but I was suddenly inspired to write one by Becca @ Becca & Books after I read her post on blogging prompts for December.

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[Guest Post] Writing Relationships As An Ace Author – by Rachel Sharp

Today, I want to welcome author Rachel Sharp to Read Diverse Books. She is a fun and interesting personality on Twitter who’s worth a follow. She also has a new book, Phaethon, out now! It’s an Urban Fantasy/ Tech Fantasy that nerds will love. Please read her guest post below about writing romance and sex scenes as an asexual author and then add her new novel, Phaethon, on Goodreads!

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My Lit Box – December Unboxing

Last month, I introduced you all to My Lit Box and essentially gushed about how much I love this book subscription box and how honored I was to promote it on my blog for a few months.

If you’ve never heard of My Lit Box, please visit their website to learn more about it. But in short, it’s a book subscription box that highlights writers of color and aims to take the guesswork out finding quality literature written by marginalized authors. The books will be delivered right at your doorstep along with bookish goodies.

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My Dumbledore’s Army Readathon Sign Up, TBR, & Book Recommendations!

If you have not heard about it already, let me introduce you now to one of the most wonderful and exciting readathons I’ve seen in a while. The Dumbledore’s Army Readthon was created by Aentee from Read At Midnight. Its goal is to promote and uplift marginalized voices by encouraging readers & bloggers to read diverse books as a community event. The readathon will start on January 1st 2017 and ends on January 15th, midnight to midnight.

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An Interview With Publisher Yali Books & A Book Giveaway!

Today, I’m honored to have Yali Books for an interview and a giveaway of one of their recent YA releases. If you haven’t heard about Yali Books, I featured them in a previous post highlighting independent presses that promote diversity. Yali Books continues to do excellent work in Children’s Literature and I hope this interview will bring attention to the important and necessary work they are doing.

Their giveaway package includes: a copy of The Sorcerer of Mandala, a bookmark (word search puzzle), a visual folding puzzle, and a tree ornament for the holidays!

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Read Diverse Books Year-Round – Final Edition

This really is my last review link-up, y’all! For the year at least. 🙂

November’s post, the penultimate RDB Year-Round link-up, had 46 reviews. As always, I’m eternally grateful for your consistency in reviewing diverse books and promoting them on your blogs. I would announce November’s winner right now, but it seems I accidentally set the closing time for the link-up at the end of December 1st instead of November 30th. So the winner will be announced tomorrow and I will update the post.