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.
But we’re still here because we love books. The zeal with which I will promote and advocate for diverse books will not diminish in 2017. It will only be stoked and intensified by every conflict and setback the book community faces. So expect to see me around all year. Providing new content every week!
I want to start 2017 by announcing the natural extension of Read Diverse Books Year-Round review link-ups and giveaways I started in 2016. I will simply title it Read Diverse 2017 and will use the hashtag #ReadDiverse2017 when I promote it.
As of today, no one has used the #ReadDiverse2017 hashtag on Twitter. But I do not mean to claim it. Other people may use it for their own purposes. This reading and reviewing challenge is not a hashtag project. It’s a project that will be run through my blog, and requires participants to visit my blog and link up their blog posts to get credit.
The point of this project is to read and review diverse books. Much like my previous review-link up project, I will be asking readers and bloggers to link-up their reviews on my blog. Prizes will return, but winners will be selected quarterly (every 3 months) instead of monthly. I love giving away prizes, but running monthly giveaways proved to be very costly. Hope you all understand!
I considered doing monthly themed readalongs along with the review link-ups, but decided against it because I wanted to give readers the option to read whatever diverse books they’d like. Getting people to read specific types of books always results in reduced participation because people in general don’t like limitations. I wanted as many people as possible to participate in Read Diverse 2017 and also place less stress on myself by not having to lead monthly readalongs.
What I’ll do instead is provide monthly reading lists so that we never run out of diverse books to read. These will be very specific reading lists, such as “books with Queer Asian protagonists,” “SFF with POC protagonists,” or “Books about immigrant experiences,” etc. All the books in these lists will be eligible to be linked up for #ReadDiverse2017 if you review them on your blog.
Important notes on how #ReadDiverse2017 will work:
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.
The goal is to encourage bloggers to read and review more diverse books throughout 2017. Or just to promote diversity in literature in general! The more books you review, the more badges you will earn. There are 4 badges that everyone can earn, but one badge in particular will hold the highest honor.
Below are the graphics for the badges. Note the different point levels.
You will earn badges after earning 5, 10, 20, and 30 points respectively.
Some people will be able to reach the 30 point mark without any problem, well before the year ends. However, I want to be fair to all bloggers and I think 30 points is a reasonable goal to strive for. Competitive bloggers and passionate lovers of diverse literature can attempt to earn the title Diverse Book Blogger Of The Year! This will be the person who links up the highest number of reviews / blog posts. That number may end up being 31 or 50. Surprise me!
What does the Diverse Book Blogger Of The Year win?
A gorgeous badge and some neat prizes!
Prizes, to be awarded at the end of 2017.
- $50 USD worth of credit for Book Deposity, Wordery, or Amazon.
- A book subscription box of your choice. International bloggers are welcome!!
Update! There will be a runner-up Diverse Book Blogger Of The Year. This will be the person with the second most blog posts and reviews linked up.
- Aentee from Read At Midnight has generously offered to award the runner up a blog makeover (header, blog button, signature, and rating system)!
- If you do not have a blog, you may choose to have a mug specially designed for you instead!
- However, the Diverse Book Blogger Of The Year gets first choice. If they want the blog makeover instead, they can choose it and the other prize will go to the runner up.
Read Diverse 2017
The rules for the link-up are similar to my previous ones.
- Books written by people of color or Native/Indigenous Peoples
- Books about people with disabilities (physical, neurodiversity, etc.)
- Books with LGBTQIA protagonists or about LGBTQIA issues
- 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/Disabiled.
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 — the link-up will close on March 31st 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.
- You may only add one link of a book you’ve reviewed per individual book. Meaning, you may not add your blog review and your Goodreads review for the same book. Only one counts. I will check for this. Do not cheat or I will be sad! I will also notice and delete links that look fishy. Don’t try me. 🙂
- Only blog posts published in 2017 will count!! It’s Read Diverse 2017, after all.
Link Reviews / Blog Posts Here
(This link-up is also a giveaway)
There’s no official sign up. Just let me know in the comments if you plan to participate throughout the year! You can participate as little or as much as you’d like. I want this to be fun and low-pressure. I know that there are many other diverse books challenges out there, but I want to point out that #ReadDiverse2017 does not conflict with them. Mine focuses on reviewing books and blogging about diversity. You can very well participate in #DiversityBingo2017 or #DiverseReads2017 and still do mine at the same time! All you have to do is review some of the books you read for those challenges, link them up on my blog, and you’re set!
To close, I want to reiterate that once the link-up closes, I will publish a new post that highlights all bloggers who are participating and their current badge status. I will be keeping track of your reviews as long as you link them up on my blog. You can count on that.
I hope I’ve convinced you to participate in some way. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great start to your 2017!
Read Diverse 2017 Button
Add this button to your blog’s sidebar and link it to ReadDiverseBooks.com so it serves as a reminder to link up your blog posts!
P.S. I want to give a HUGE shoutout to Aentee from Read At Midnight for making the graphics for the badges. They’re absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t be happier with them. She also made my new blog header! Here’s a link to her design shop if you are ever in the need for gorgeous graphics.
Follow me on Twitter to receive periodic reminders for #ReadDiverse2017: Follow @_diversebooks
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