Read Diverse 2017 – 2nd Quarter

Hello readers and bloggers! I hope the first 3 months of 2017 have treated you well and that you are excited for what the rest of 2017 has in store for us – both in new book releases or just life in general.

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 every one 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.

You all absolutely blew away by the amount of links you all provided. 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.

I can’t publish this blog post and not mention my absence around the blogosphere and social media the last several weeks. I started the year with fervent enthusiasm for blogging, reading, and being completely immersed in the reading community just like I was in 2016. However, my personal and professional life changed significantly this year. I started a new, very mentally demanding job and I also got married! So, my life is very different and for now I cannot devote as much time to reading and blogging as I was able to do in 2016. But I will keep blogging, however infrequently, throughout 2017 and I am committed to see Read Diverse 2017 all the way to the end. So worry not, because this year-long reading challenge is here to stay! Please keep reading and blogging with all the enthusiasm and frequency that you can muster. 

I made some promises during the initial Read Diverse 2017 posting, notably that I will be providing monthly reading lists. I apologize for not being able to fulfill that promise. For now, I am simply going to publish blog posts whenever I am able and not make any more promises that I may eventually break. I hope you can understand and forgive me.

I want this post to be much shorter than the original post, so let’s get right to the rules of Read Diverse 2017. I will be re-posting much of the same information for simplicity and consistency’s sake.

How #ReadDiverse2017 Works

Every review that you link up will earn you 1 point, which I will track and tally. Once you link up 5 reviews, you I will have earned the first badge! I will then send you an email (visible to me after you link up a review) every time you earn a new badge so that you may add the graphic to your blog sidebar. Every 3 months I will provide a general update on my blog showing all the bloggers participating, the points they’ve earned, and their current badge status.

I’ll post the badges again because they’re absolutely gorgeous and you definitely want one!

You will earn badges after earning 5, 10, 20, and 30 points respectively. 

Click here to read the original announcement post for Read Diverse 2017. It has much of the same information as below and more.

Eligible books:

  1. Books written by people of color or Native/Indigenous Peoples
  2. Books about people with disabilities (physical, neurodiversity, etc.)
  3. Books with LGBTQIA protagonists or about LGBTQIA issues 
  4. Books with practicing Muslim, Jewish, Hindu (i.e. non-Christian) MCs
    • Please prioritize #ownvoices for this category


Marginalized authors take priority for #ReadDiverse2017. At all times, please consider reading books written by POC, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, and Disabled authors, #ownvoices whenever possible.These will always qualify, whether they are #ownvioces or not. If a straight, white, able-bodied author writes a book with a straight, able-bodied POC protagonist, the book will not qualify. UNLESS that book is intersectional. For example, if the protagonist is a POC and Queer or disabled, then the book will qualify. I make this distinction because books with Queer/disability representation are more rare than books with POC/Indigenous rep and there are some great books out there with Queer/disability rep by non-mariginalized authors. I also encourage you to seek out books with plus-sized/fat protagonists, especially if they have other marginalizations, such as plus-sized+POC/Queer/Disabled. 

Important, please read! ↓↓↓

You may also link up relevant discussion posts, listicles, and articles about diversity in literature, the publishing industry, blogging, etc.  Check with me if you’re not sure if one of your blog posts qualifies for the link-up.

Example posts: Diversity Spotlight Thursday, Book Tags/Memes that highlight diverse books, Book recommendations (list must be 50%+ dedicated to diverse books), most anticipated books lists and new releases lists (50%+ diverse books), Author Interviews (authors must be PoC/Indigenous, LGBTQIA, disabled), Blog Tours, Cover reveals of diverse books, discussion posts on any aspect of diversity in books.

There is no limit to how many posts you may link up. The only limitation is time — this link-up will close on June 30th at 11:55 p.m Central Standard Time. Another will then be created that lasts yet another 3 months.

  • Traditional online blogs, Tumblr, and Goodreads (for the blog-less) will all count for the giveaway.
  • All reviews must be at least 300-350 words long, longer and thoughtful reviews are preferred. Quotes and unnecessary padding will not be counted. 
  • I will judge each blog post linked on a case by case basis. I will offer some word count leeway for posts such as listicles, blog tours, cover reveals, etc.
  • Only blog posts published in 2017 will count!!

One winner will be chosen every 3 months and will win a book of their choice from The Book Depository or Wordery. Open Internationally.

Link Reviews / Blog Posts Here

(This link-up is also a giveaway)


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Read Diverse 2017 Q1 Results

After 3 months, over 1,1o0 blog posts, and 159 unique blogs who participated, the Quarter 1 results are in! Please click the link below to see how many badges you and other bloggers have earned. I didn’t include personal names or email addresses. Just blog/Goodreads URLs and the number of badges earned. I chose not to list how many points others have earned specifically to keep the competitive bloggers inspired to keep diverse book blogging! 😉 A couple of people have already earned the Diversity Advocate badge. So the race to earn the Diverse Book Blogger Of The Year badge is on!

Read Diverse 2017 – Q1 Results

  • Search for your blog URL to see how many badges you have earned. For those who only linked Goodreads reviews, search for your Goodreads user name.

That’s all for now. Please keep reading and blogging! I’ll be checking for your blog posts every two weeks, so please keep me busy. 🙂

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43 thoughts on “Read Diverse 2017 – 2nd Quarter

  1. MAZEL TOV!!!! Oh man, you have had such amazing things happen in the beginning of 2017! I couldn’t be happier that you found a partner you love and are committed to. That can be so challenging. Also, a new job is awesome! Demanding jobs often mean less blogging, but more overall life satisfaction. After all, 1/3 of our lives are spent working. O_o

    I love your Q1 wrap up report. I did a terrible job linking up! Oops. I’ll need to be more on top of that. Don’t you worry about breaking promises or absences or whatnot. Life comes first. We will always be here. 🙂 <3

  2. OMG! Congratulations, Naz! That’s so amazing. You got married!! It makes me so happy, I don’t know why. It’s just so sweet. Congrats. Congrats. Congrats!
    I suck at linking my reviews, but I do love coming by and finding to new reviews to read so I’m happy this is still continuing. No stress though~

  3. Congratulations on getting married!!!

    I’m glad to see you here, I missed you, but I totally understand that life gets in the way of blogging sometimes. Thanks for continuing to spearhead this diverse reading effort for 2017. I love how many linkups you’ve already had in the first quarter!

  4. Congratulations on the all the milestones! Sounds like things are looking up in life. I can totally relate to life getting in the way of blogging… Thank you for continuing with Read Diverse 2017!! ^_^

  5. With all the changes in your life, it’s awesome that you’ve found time for books even so! Warm wishes for success and contentment on both scenes and of course the books will continue to stack patiently waiting for duller days!

    1. One good thing (I choose too look at it this way) that came from my blogging and reading hiatus, is that my TBR pile has not grown very much! Hahah, I have also not bought many books, so I have saved some money in that regard. But I’m itching for a good story, so I will start reading more again very soon.

  6. The first quarter statistics are amazing! You must be so proud!
    And, more importantly, a big warm happy congratulations on your marriage!!! I’m so relieved, actually. I was starting to get worried about not seeing you around (I can’t help it), but hoping it was for good reasons (which it was!). Another congratulations on your new job! I wish you all the best with both things, and will echo BIP’s comment that your books will wait patiently for you while you enjoy your life. I am so happy for you. 🙂

  7. Huge congrats on your marriage and new job too! I had noticed your absence and was hoping it wasn’t due to illness or injury, so glad that it was good news keeping you from the blog.

    I’m still a little confused as to how I won because I thought for sure others had more reviews than me, but I’m happy anyway. My blog traffic just went way up and I’m guessing it’s from being mentioned in this post. Hopefully when summer hits I can review more – so many great books and so little time!

    I did have a question about two reviews I posted before the end of the last link-up but didn’t get a chance to share before the link-up closed. Is it okay to link them on this one? The reviews are Let the Truth Be Told (biography of African-American woman by African-American author, white illustrator) and Fledgling by Octavia Butler (African-American author and MC). Thank you for continuing the link-ups, I enjoy your posts but can completely understand real life being anyone’s priority!

    1. The winner at the end of every quarter is random, so even if you linked 1 review, you still have a small chance to win! The random draw is an additional incentive, the main one being the badges and personal fulfillment.

      Yes, you can link up any reviews/posts from 2017, as long as they aren’t reviews you linked to before. 🙂

  8. Wow, congratulations on those big changes!! It’s nice to hear about good things keeping someone away from blogging for once (as opposed to bad things). As for the Read Diverse challenge, I was always super impressed by the number of reviews linked up every time I added a link. You’re doing an awesome job hosting this challenge. I appreciate that you’re committed to seeing it through the year (though I hope it never becomes burdensome!).

  9. Congrats on getting married 🙂 miss your comments on my blog. Thanks to your link up, I really began to examine my preferences and life and how much influence they have on me.

  10. Oh how wonderful, cogratulations to you and your husband, Naz! 🙂 Hope that the blogging break helped and you’re feeling less stressed with getting the hang of the job!
    Also, so thrilled to see all the reviews for Read Diverse. I can finally add one and hopefully many more will soon follow. I’ve got so much catching up to do, ahh! 😀

  11. I’ve been wondering about you Naz! I’m happy to hear that it is GOOD things that are keeping you busy 🙂 Congrats on getting married!!! I wish you and your partner many years of happiness. While I miss you around the blogosphere and social media, take all the time you need!

    Looking forward to participating in the 2nd quarter of #ReadDiverse2017!

  12. Naz! It is so nice to see a post from you. We sure are missing you both on Twitter and the blogging world. The past months seem to be very happening for you! Congratulations on getting married. Wishing you both the very best.
    I hope the job isn’t getting too hectic. Take your time off, and hoping to see you back in full swing soon.

  13. Congratulations on all of the wonderful things going on in your life! I find it hard to reach a good balance between my personal/professional life and writing/reading/blogging, and sometimes I just have to disappear for a few weeks or post guest posts (that’s when my other half steps in). Good luck finding the right balance for you!

  14. Crap! I started adding links again, since I’ve forgotten to for awhile. However, the new links are showing up as mine! I guess I messed up typing in the email? Anything you can do to fix it? I don’t want to re-add them, but I still want credit for them being mine 🙁

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