Diverse Reads Book Challenge: 2017
Well, we want to encourage the reading and support of diverse books and marginalized voices, and therefore this challenge hopes to help you read more diversely in 2017!
HOW DO WE CLASSIFY A BOOK AS DIVERSE?
The main character – or one of the leads, who preferably has a POV – has to belong to a diverse group. According to the definition of We Need Diverse Books
“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.”
Furthermore if you have any doubt regarding whether a book is diverse or not, feel free to ask either Shelly or Me via twitter. I am @chasingfaes and Shelly is @shellysrambles.
CERTAIN THINGS TO KNOW
- The books you read can be MG/YA/NA or adult, as well as in any format – paperback, hardcover, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, anthologies, short stories etc.
- The books you read can be released at any time, can be ARCs and can be rereads. And it can coincide with another challenge you’re taking part in.
- The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, and you can join in at any time you want.
- You don’t have to have a blog in order to participate, but we’d prefer if you review or talk about book in some platform, namely twitter, instagram or goodreads
- We don’t have levels or points, as we’re trying to promote the reading of diversity, and we want you to set your own goals!
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?
We have created mini challenges for each month! We have designated a theme for each month, and while you are not required to read a book that falls in that particular category, this is something we created for those who like to challenge themselves a bit.
January – Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
February – POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
March – Disability
April – Mental Health
May – Religious Diversity
June and July – Sexuality and Gender Identity
August – Non Western Setting
September – Ownvoices
October – Intersectionality
November – Diverse Retelling
December – 2017 Releases
I’m actually just going to go with the “more diversity” in my reading – as I find that many of the historic and contemporary romances that are more ‘mainstream’ are often lacking in diversity that is actually there in society (anyone who watched Friends should know this).
I’ll track my progress here
- Solo by Jill Mansell
- The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock
- Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins
- The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page
- A Spiced Apple Winter by Emma Cane
- Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London
- Lovers At Heart by Melissa Foster
- Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford
- The Passionate Queen: The Dark Queens #2 by Jovee Winters
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild
- Death at St. Vedast by Mary Lawrence
- Calamity Jane: How the West Began by Bryan Ney
- The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
- Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade
- Spurred On by Sabrina York
- Waiting For an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins
- Tender by Anne Meredith
- The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8) by Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
- The Dark Lady's Mask by Mary Sharratt
- Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
- Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine
- Immortal by Anne Meredith
- The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez
- The Language of Love by Jean Saunders
- Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan
- Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
- And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
- Searching for Steven by Jessica Redland
- Beauty and the Wiener by Casey Griffin
- The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
- From London with Love by Diana Quincy
- Juliet's Answer: One Man's Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by Glenn Dixon
- Somebody Like You by Donna Alward
- The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce
- Close to Home by Lily Everett
- Love Story by Lauren Layne
- The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
- The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises by Kellie Hailes
- Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
- Valentine: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #1 by Heather Grothaus
- Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
- Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones
- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
- Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
- The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
- Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti
- Playing by the Rules by Rosa Temple
- Bachelorette for Sale by Gail Chianese
- Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield
- Sex Becomes Her by Regina Cole
- Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
- Perfect for You by Candis Terry
- Among a Thousand Stars by Jo Bartlett
- My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton
- Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms
- A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran
- Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters by Deb Julienne
- Starlight Bridge by Debbie Mason
- Rosie's Little Café on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet