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.
- 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/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!!
Link Reviews / Blog Posts Here
(This link-up is also a giveaway)
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!
- 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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