#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. And this time around, there will be a fifth host – Simon from Savidge Reads!

The goal of Diverse-A-Thon is simply to celebrate diversity in literature by reading diverse books all week and engage in thoughtful discussions on Twitter under the #DiverseAthon hashtag. The readathon will largely remain the same. It is low-stress and there no challenges – just read as many diverse books as you are comfortable reading in 7 days. There will be daily chats on Twitter this time around as well, so be sure to follow the @Diverseathon Twitter account to stay updated on all future news regarding the chats. The chats are honestly the best thing about Diverse-A-Thon, so I will try to make it to as many as possible!

I encourage everyone to prioritize marginalized authors in general and #ownvoices narratives whenever possible. Seeking a variety of voices within underrepresented narratives is also important. For example, while creating a TBR with all Latinx or Black authors is great, you may consider including books by Muslim, Chinese, and LGBTQIA authors. Ultimately, what you read is 100% up to you, but variety is important!

As an incentive to get more people to participate in Diverse-A-Thon, I want to remind everyone doing my #ReadDiverse2017 challenge that books you read during Diverse-A-Thon will mostly likely be eligible to link up on my blog after you review them. Moreover, if you create a #DiverseAthon sign-up post on your blog with a TBR of diverse books, you can go right ahead and link that blog post to get 1 point for #ReadDiverse2017 and get one step closer to that 30-point “Diversity Advocate” badge! A thoughtful wrap-up post after the readathon ends will also count for #ReadDiverse2017. 

This is my way of letting you know that I really want you all to participate if you can. So have fun, stay productive, and read amazing books!

My Diverse-A-Thon TBR


Certain Dark Things – by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Vampires in Mexico City? Sign me up! I was supposed to read this book weeks ago in December, but the holidays got in the way…however, I did end up listening to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal To Noise, on audiobook during the long hours of driving I did to visit family. Signal To Noise was great, so I’m even more excited to read Certain Dark Things now.

The Reader – by Traci Chee

A stunning cover + killer premise = me totally sold. The book is about a girl name Sefia who lives in a world where reading does not exist, but after her parents are murdered and her aunt kidnapped, a strange rectangular object may be the only clue she has to help save her family. Yes, the unknown rectangular object is a book! 😀

The Reader is January’s pick for #DSFFBookClub. I’m a terrible book club organizer, I really am. At this point, I’m just lucky if anyone reads along with me! I love Scifi and Fantasy, so I will continue to host the book club because I’ll be reading diverse SFF anyway. 


The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give - by Angie Thomas

Who hasn’t heard of this book at this point? If you read YA, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas must go on your 2017 TBR. This is one of the most buzzed about YA books of the year and the reviews have been nothing but glowing. On Goodreads, the book has a 4.75 rating with 298 reviews. That’s very impressive! The book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and follows Starr, a teen who seeks justice for her friend Khalil after she seems him gunned down by a police officer. Do yourself a favor and add this book to your TBR right now.


If for some reason I can finish 3 medium-length books in one week, these are a few other books I’m adding to my TBR.

Need book recommendations?

  • Check out this HUGE list of diverse books I have on my blog. 
  • I also have several listicles for you to peruse and find even more books to read. But if you need recommendations personally tailored to you, let me know what kinds of books you like in the comments and I’ll suggest some books for you.


Read along with everyone else!

The Underground Railroad – by Colson Whitehead

Let me know in the comments if you’re joining us for Diverse-A-Thon!

I really hope you are. And I want to remind you all again, that creating a sign-up post with a TBR will count for #ReadDiverse2017 so don’t miss out on the opportunity!  

Diverse-A-Thon video announcements from the hosts. Click the links to watch.

Simon | Joce | Christina Marie |

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80 thoughts on “#DiverseAThon Returns January 22nd – Sign Up And Create Your TBRs!

  1. I have three books on my TBR and it’s tentative. It’s possible that I’ll read more than those three, and I have a backup book due to the narrative format of two of the books.

  2. You are really nailing the incentives for #ReadDiverse2017! Thanks for reminding me about #Diverseathon, wouldn’t want to miss it! Your TBR looks super promising, especially jealous that you get to read THUG.

  3. I’m doing this! but i’m (still) clueless about wordpress — when you mention linking our TBR posts, do you mean just including a link in my post to this one? or adding a link to a specific page (like the one you set up for book reviews)?

  4. Oooh it’s DiverseAThon time🙌 I always forget to signup for stuff like that, so I’ll use your handy link to do it now! Not sure which o es I’ll be reading I have so many on the go already but I might try to get through some review copies, cause those are also YA. Feels like most people are reading YA at least😁 Love your tbr btw!!!💜📚

  5. I’m absolutely excited for this! Especially for the Twitter chat because it’s a great way to get more recommendations for diverse reads (and because who doesn’t like book talk?)

  6. I just saw Joce’s video and I am so excited that Diverseathon is already here. I missed this readathon in the fall quarter, but I am in this time.

    I am trying to source the group book, was looking for more suggestions, and I knew the best place to start would be here on your blog. And I was right. 🙂

    I must be in the ignorant minority who have never heard of The Hate You Give, but it sounds so interesting. I clearly don’t have a copy as of now, but will be sure to grab it once it is out.

    1. Joce’s video was excellent and I made a brief appearance! ;D
      Definitely browse through my “Listicles” page for book recs or just let me know if you’re looking for a specific kind of book and I can help! But I’m sure you already have plenty of books in mind. 🙂

  7. Great nudge Naz. I hope you will be able to complete your goals for Diverseathon. I always get new book recos from your posts. I am still not back in full swing in the blogging plus reading world. Hoping to be back soon. I think the 24-in-48 readathon is also taking place in the same weekend.

  8. I’ll just say that I’m incredibly jealous that you have an arc of The Hate U Give and I’m really excited to hear what you think of it! I loved Signal to Noise so I expect Certain Dark Things should be an enjoyable read too. Personally, my goal is to focus on reading indigenous authors next week, so providing my dissertation hasn’t sapped the last of my energy I should hopefully be taking part 🙂

  9. What a great way to generate excitement for the event. I do best with planning for events, so I am making a note of the fall occurrence and will try to put some ideas in place for joining then. But, who knows, maybe I’ll squeeze a couple of things in for next week after all. You DO make it sound pretty great, Naz! (As always.)

  10. I literally just found out that Certain Dark Things was a thing, and I’m so excited to read it. Though, I will probably end up sticking to the shorter things during Diverse-a-thon. Lord knows I can finish one book in like… 3 weeks. Great list, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Hate U Give because UGH IT CAN’T BE RELEASED SOON ENOUGH.

  11. Yay fun! I should be able to participate in this — I’ll have to have a look at my library stack and see what I’ve got that qualifies for this. I know I have Certain Dark Things in the bookstack on my bed. I tried to get The Hate U Give at the library the last time I was there, but it was checked out. (Bah.) Thanks for hosting!

  12. I’m so glad diverseathon has expanded onto the blogosphere this year. I mean, it probably already was here but I just always saw it on booktube and am too camera shy to join them there. I’ve already put up my tbr and can’t wait to take part this year.

    Also have to say, am very jealous that you get to read The Hate U Give. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that.

    1. I’m very camera shy too! Which is why I probably will never be on Booktube even though that’s where the largest audiences seem to be. :/ But I”m happy here in my traditional blog. 😀

      Thanks for joining Diverseathon. 🙂 Hope to see you around Twitter!

  13. I already own “The Underground Railroad”. So, I will be participating #diverseathon for the readalong. I probably won’t be able to read more than one book in the seven days, due to work and kids. But, I will be posting a blog about the diverse books I plan on reading this year. I’m so encouraged.

  14. I’m looking forward to participating! Already have my TBR up. Decided to narrow my reading for this to #ownvoices graphic novels by local Indigenous authors. I might also pick up a prose novel during the time – but haven’t decided what yet. I’m going to let my library hold-system decide for me…

  15. This sounds like fun! Just to ask a quick question (because you know I always have questions), are we expected to review the books within the same time frame? I had a stack of MG novels arrive in the mail so I’ll have plenty to read but Unfortunately I don’t really tweet so I won’t be participating in the chats although maybe I’ll read some.

  16. Ugh I’m so jealous of everyone who can participate. Alas, I must wait until my little people are older to participate in readathons. I will be cheering everyone along though! So are you going to try and read The Underground Railroad as well?

    1. So you haven’t been able to participate in any readathons as a blogger yet? 🙁 They’re so fun, but I will need a break from them for a good while. haha
      For this readathon, I”m trying to get some books off my TBR that I already own and have had for a while, so I’m not reading The Underground Railroad this week, but hope to do so in the new few weeks/months! *crosses fingers*

      1. No, I haven’t. Maybe when they are older and can drive themselves around I will have more time to marathon read lol

        Good luck with your TBR! This is what, the halfway point? I hope you have knocked out some good books 🙂

  17. Yay! I missed the Diversiverse readathon last year, and I’m conscious that while my recent reads have had diverse characters they haven’t been own voices. I don’t have Colson Whitehead’s book, sadly, but this seems like a perfect time to finally get round to reading The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami. I’ll pull together my TBR and today and get a post up tomorrow morning 🙂

  18. This is excellent! I’m a bit late but I’m going to join in for the DiverseAThon. 🙂 Although I’m not sure if I can read The Underground Railroad within the end of this week, but it’s definitely going into my TBR!

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