Diverse-A-Thon Wrap Up

I started 2017 with a lot of energy and was eager to fly through my TBR. But that energy only lasted a couple of weeks. By the time the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon concluded on January 15th, I was exhausted and my reading definitely slowed down for the next week. But Diverse-A-Thon started on January 22nd and I was once again excited to read all the books! I had set my TBR to 3 books because I really thought the enthusiasm I had when I created it would allow me to meet my goal. However, I underestimated how much the inauguration of the new president (#NotMyPresident) would put a damper on my enthusiasm to do anything.

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#DiverseAThon Returns January 22nd – Sign Up And Create Your TBRs!

Are you all ready for round 2 of Diverse-A-Thon!? I sure hope so because it returns January 22nd and runs all week through January 29th. Many of us are familiar with Diverse-A-Thon because we participated in the one that happened in Fall 2016. It was created by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney as a reaction to an awful anti-diversity video I’d rather not discuss.’

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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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[Review] The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf was December’s pick for the Diverse Scifi-Fantasy Book Club. An informal discussion will happen on December 30th – check the #DSFFBookClub hashtag to stay updated!

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Give Short Fiction A Chance! – 12 Diverse Short Story Collections And Anthologies That Will Win You Over

Short Fiction is underappreciated in literary circles and especially in the book blogging community. Many readers are averse to reading short story collections and anthologies because they prefer the continuous, flowing narrative that novels offer. Some are even hesitant to read novellas! Often, reviews for novellas will cite the work’s short length as a downside (I have down this before as well), which is simply unfair to writers of short fiction.

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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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[Review] Deceit And Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua

I’ve read many excellent short story collections and anthologies in 2016, all of them written by people of color or Indigenous people. But Vanessa Hua’s Deceit and Other Possibilities stands out as one of the finest one’s in my collection. One of the things I appreciate about short story collections is the variety that they innately offer and that is especially true in Hua’s stories. Not only are circumstances and scenarios presented in her stories wildly different from each other, there is also great diversity in the backgrounds of the characters around which the stories center.

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Book Blitz: The Blazing Star – An Interview With Imani Josey

Have you seen the The Blazing Star around the blogosphere and social media? I hope you have and that it’s already on your radar! If not, let me introduce you to this wonderful book and the terrific Imani Josey.

I’m honored to have the Imani Josey on the blog today for an interview, arranged by the lovely people at Rich In Variety.

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