I hope you’re not tired of me incessantly reminding you how important it is to read the work of marginalized voices because everything you’ve seen before was me just warming up!
By now, you all know how passionate I am about promoting diverse reading habits for all readers. And by “diverse” I have always meant reading the stories of the world, which is unimaginably rich with variety.
Starting this blog was the first step I took to bring more attention to the stories of marginalized voices. I want to thank every single one of you who has read my reviews, left an encouraging comment, and participated in discussions about the issues that matter to me. I genuinely am grateful for all your support.
Bringing greater visibility to these kinds of stories is very important, but what’s more important is for more people to actually read them.
That’s exactly what I am now asking of you today. But in the most friendly way possible. 🙂
Don’t worry, I won’t force you to do anything. However, there will be incentives — like free books!
This is the plan for my new feature:
Read Diverse Books Year-Round
Starting in June 2016, I want to encourage all book bloggers to read at least one book that falls under one of the following categories every month:
- A book written by a person of color
- A book by or about a person with a disability
- A book by an author who identifies as LGBT or about LGBT issues
I understand that there is variety and diversity that extends beyond these three categories, but I want to focus only on these in particular.
Ideally, the books you choose will be written by #OwnVoices authors, meaning that the authors are from a marginalized group and are writing about said group.
This will require that you do a bit of research on the authors you choose. However, I will allow some leeway and will make these three distinctions:
- A book with an LGBT protagonist that is written by a straight author will count.
- A book about a person with a disability written by an able-bodied author will count
- A book about a person of color written by a white author will not count
I apologize for being so picky, but these are my rules and I think they’re reasonable. You already know my goal is always to promote #OwnVoices authors, so I’m sure you’re not surprised.
If you read and review a qualifying book, you will immediately be placed in the drawing to win a free book of your choice from Book Depository!
The Book Depository delivers to over 100 countries, so make sure that your country is eligible for shipping.
Each person will be limited to 3 reviews a month. The more books you review, the better your chances are to win!
If you don’t have a blog, your Goodreads or Amazon reviews will count.
You will be able to add your review starting on the 1st of every month. After the linkup closes at the end of the month, a winner will be randomly selected. I will then contact you so we can arrange to have your free book delivered to your door. 🙂
Once you write your review, be sure to add your link below. ↓↓
(If you can’t see the blue “add your link” button, your browser may be blocking Inlinkz. You will have to unblock it to add your review.)
I hope to see many of you return every month!
I created this feature for a very simple reason – to get more people to read diverse books. However, I don’t want anyone to get the impression that this is some kind of diversity “project.” This is an earnest attempt on my part to promote multicultural and diverse reading year-round the best way I know how. You all know this, but I just want it to be perfectly clear. 🙂
Disclosure: Read Diverse Books Year-Round was inspired by Diversity On The Shelf, hosted by Akilah @ The Englishist. However, this is not a challenge; it’s more of a monthly feature with a giveaway. We both aim to promote the work of marginalized voices, and the more ways we have of promoting these voices in the book blogging community, the better!
I encourage you to also join Diversity On The Shelf for even more chances to win prizes. I plan to continue posting my reviews on Akilah’s blog every month.
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