Read Diverse 2017 – 2nd Quarter

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 everyone 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.

I was absolutely blown away by the amount of links you all left behind. 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.

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Giveaway – City Of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

Earlier this month, Claudie Arseneault wrote about “queer retellings, aromanticism, and centering friendship in your narratives.” Today, I’m hosting an international giveaway for Claudie’s new book, City Of Strife. This is a book for fans of fantasy, elves, magic, friendship and LGBTQIAP characters!

The book will release on February 22nd, 2017, so it’s only a few days away! The giveaway will be for a paperback copy of City Of Strife, and it is open to everyone. Please enter and good luck. 🙂

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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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Audiobook Giveaway: Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hello, everyone! Today, I have a surprise giveaway.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel Signal To Noise is now available in audio and she’s collaborating with Read Diverse Books to do a very generous giveaway for the audiobook readers out there! Signal To Noise is a critically-acclaimed novel about friendship, family, love, and music all infused with a bit of magic. Two lucky people will win an audio code from Audible.com. Good luck to you all. 🙂

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Read Diverse Books Year-Round November Link-Up

November’s Read Diverse Books Year-Round feature is the penultimate one for the year. I considered continuing it into 2017, but I may do something else entirely. I haven’t decided on what yet, but what I don’t want this feature to feel repetitive. I’ll keep brainstorming and hope to find new and creative ways to encourage people to read widely and diversely.

My last link-up was another successful one, with 45 reviews in total! I want to once again thank all who participated. Keep doing great work and reviewing diverse books!

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Review: The Marauders’ Island (Hen & Chick #1) by Tristan J. Tarwater & A Book Giveaway!

The Marauders’ Island is the kind of book that is so delightful and refreshing that you can’t help but share with everyone you know. During the week or so that I read it, I plastered the book’s image all over social media hoping it would reach as many people as possible. I want you to read this book! It has powerful mages, a diverse cast of characters, a gorgeous tropical setting, positive representation of LGBTQ people, a complex relationship between a mother and daughter, and so much more! All this goodness makes a reader like me giddy with joy.

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Read Diverse Books Year-Round – Latinx Heritage Month Edition

Read Diverse Books Year-Round returns a little later than usual this month because I wanted to time it with Latinx Heritage Month, which kicks off tomorrow, September 15th. It’s going to be very exciting and busy month for me and my blog, but I can’t wait to celebrate with a month’s worth of content!

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Read Diverse Books Year-Round — August Link-Up

By this point, many of you should know the drill.

This is yet another link-up for my Read Diverse Books Year-Round monthly feature! Yes, it’s here to stay. And I have cool things planned for September, so be very excited.

The winner for July’s draw is Brooke @ The Broke Book Bank. Congrats! Check your email and reply back so we can arrange to have whatever book you want shipped out to you. See you next month!

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8 Reasons Why You Will Love Juliet Takes a Breath

Reading Juliet Takes a Breath was one of the most positive, transformative, illuminating experiences I’ve had this year. It’s certainly my favorite 2016 release, by far.

A novel hasn’t resonated with me this profoundly in a long time. The last book that elicited a similar reaction from me was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. But Juliet Takes a Breath is on an entirely different level. While I do appreciate literature about experiences foreign to my own, representative literature that serves as a mirror to my own life is spiritually fulfilling, so to speak. That’s exactly how I felt after closing this book. My essence, my aura, my self — they were all satiated and happy.

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