Read Diverse Books Year-Round – July 2016 Link-Up

It is July 1st, which means that we are officially halfway through 2016! I had a birthday last month and it feels like the years are getting shorter the older I get. I can’t explain how or why it’s already July, but it seems to be the reality. 

July 1st also means it’s time for a new Read Diverse Books Year-Round link up!

The winner of June’s draw is — G. Jacks from G. Jacks Writes. Congratulations! Please check your email and get back to met to arrange the book of your choice. Hope to see you in July as well.

There were over twenty entries last month, which was a wonderful start. However, I want July to have even more. 🙂 So I again ask for your participation and help spreading the word. That’s ultimately what I aim to do with this initiative. The benefits are reading great books and possibly winning a free one if you’re lucky, but the chief goal is to uplift marginalized voices.

I’m confident that our continued efforts to read, discuss, and promote these stories will make a difference in the long run. Already, our ongoing conversations and demands for literature that’s representative of our multicultural society have established that there is a need for diverse books. We certainly can’t stop now!

So let’s keep reading.

On my end, I will continue this initiative for the rest of the year, and hopefully the next if there is enough interest!

Read Diverse Books Year-Round

The rules were explained and established last month, but I will summarize briefly. 

If you read and review a qualifying book, you will immediately be placed in the drawing to win a free book of your choice from Book Depository!

Eligible books:

  1. A book written by a person of color*
  2. A book by or about a person with a disability 
  3. A book by an author who identifies as LGBT or about LGBT issues 

*This category also allows for Indigenous/Native peoples and non-European international authors. If you’re not sure, ask me!

Ideally, the books will be #ownvoices but it’s not a requirement, except for category 1. 

The Book Depository delivers to over 100 countries, but please make sure that your country is eligible for shipping. I don’t want any one to be disappointed.

Forgot to specify: Only reviews published in JULY will count.

I’ll leave the ones already up, but won’t accept any more.

Add your reviews below ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ Limit 3 per person.


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26 thoughts on “Read Diverse Books Year-Round – July 2016 Link-Up

    1. Oh, I see. I’ve also updated the post to say that only books reviewed in July will be accepted. That was the original intent of this monthly feature. Forgot to state it, though D: A few people already linked old reviews, but it was my fault.

    1. Aww, it’s OK. But I don’t think TBD ships to India, does it? So if you linked up, I won’t be able to ship you a book as the winner.
      I will consider gifting eBooks..though I personally think hard copies are better prizes.

      1. I’m in the US 😉 But the winning doesn’t matter really. Like you said it’s spreading the word that matters and that’s why I want to do it. 🙂

          1. No issues, Naz. Considering how much I talk about India, I’m not surprised you thought so. I get enough free books so I don’t want to be greedy. I’ll just keep blogging 😊

  1. Wow, bro. This is an amazing initiative. I’m glad you have over 20 entries last month, I hope there’s more people reading diverse book and are planning to participate in this. Keep up the awesomeness!

    – Lashaan

  2. This is such a great idea; I love all the diversity reads! Quick question, would it be okay if I submitted a review of a book by an Australian author? I know you said non-European authors, but I just wanted to check! 🙂

    1. If it’s an LGBT book about white Australians, sure! Same for books that feature people with disabilities.

      But a book about plain-old straight, white, able-bodied Australians won’t qualify. Hope you understand!
      Books about POC Australians are all welcome!

  3. Oh, that makes sense! Would my submissions count? I submitted THE ROSE SOCIETY, whose author is a person of color, and THIS SAVAGE SONG, whose author identifies as bisexual. Those work, correct? Thank you! 🙂

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