The book of the month is Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho.
You will have until July 15th to read the book and share your thoughts on your blog, Twitter, or Goodreads. On July 1st, I will start a discussion on Goodreads for those who read the book early.
So don’t for get to join the Goodreads group:
- Join the Goodreads group <- click
If you are active on Twitter, please take a picture of the book once you get a hold of it and post it using the #DiverseBookBlogger hashtag.
On May 28, 2016 one of our very own #DiverseBookBloggers, who blogs at Silicon of the Internet, suggested the idea of a diverse science fiction and fantasy book club.
Y’all I need a diverse SFF book club XD IMAGINE HOW AWESOME THAT WOULD BE #DiverseBookBloggers
— Silicon (@siliconphospho) May 28, 2016
I was immediately on board because speculative fiction has always been my comfort genre. It is the kind of narrative I gravitate towards most naturally due to its limitless possibilities. Science fiction and fantasy have given me countless hours of entertainment and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
However, one issue I always had with the genre was the lack of representation of marginalized groups, in particular people of color and the LGBT community. Fortunately, the last couple of decades have offered a diverse selection of SFF and I can only imagine it will get better in the years to come.
For now, let’s enjoy the books that are available together! I want to invite you all to join the Diverse SFF Book Club, where we will be focusing on reading speculative fiction centered around people of color and LGBT protagonists. Preferably, the authors will also be people of color or identify as LGBT, but it is not a requirement.
On June 10, I will announce what book we will be reading first. But before that, I need your help deciding which book that will be! I will be running two polls to determine our first pick, the one below and one on Twitter in the #DiverseBookBloggers hashtag.
Make your vote count!
Click on the links below to go the book’s Goodreads page.
After the book of the month is announced on June 10, all participating members will have until July 15th to finish the book. From that point forward, the Diverse SFF Book Club will have a set reading goal for the 15th of every month. This schedule can be amended if we decided once a month is too frequent.
I have created a Goodreads group for the book club. Please join!
- Join the Goodreads group <- click
Two weeks before a reading deadline, a poll will be run on this group and on Twitter to decide the next month’s choice.
After you have finished reading the book of the month, please try to share your thoughts on your blog or your platform of choice. This could be on Twitter or you could start a discussion thread on the Goodreads group.
Also, if you could share your blog post or Twitter thoughts on the #DiverseBookBloggers hashtag, I would appreciate that very much. 😀
I will try to start discussions on the Goodreads group a couple of weeks after we start reading, to keep dialogue and conversations going. I want this book club to be interactive and lively. I don’t want members to feel like they’re reading alone. The Diverse SFF Book Club will be a warm and welcoming community of book lovers, so don’t be shy. Be social and nerdy! Since I’m leading the group, you can be sure I will be bugging you to participate, share your thoughts, and promote, promote, promote!
That’s all for now. I could keep writing indefinitely, but I need to learn how to be concise. 😉
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