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Diverse Reads Book Challenge: 2017

Hosted by Mishma of Chasing Fairytales & Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat


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!


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.


  • 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!


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
  1. Solo by Jill Mansell
  2. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock
  3. Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins
  4. The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page
  5. A Spiced Apple Winter by Emma Cane
  6. Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London
  7. Lovers At Heart by Melissa Foster
  8. Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford
  9. The Passionate Queen: The Dark Queens #2 by Jovee Winters
  10. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  11. Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild
  12. Death at St. Vedast by Mary Lawrence
  13. Calamity Jane: How the West Began by Bryan Ney
  14. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  15. Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade
  16. Spurred On by Sabrina York
  17. Waiting For an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins
  18. Tender by Anne Meredith
  19. The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8) by Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  20. The Dark Lady's Mask by Mary Sharratt
  21. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
  22. Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine
  23. Immortal by Anne Meredith
  24. The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez
  25. The Language of Love by Jean Saunders
  26. Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan
  27. Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
  28. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
  29. Searching for Steven by Jessica Redland
  30. Beauty and the Wiener by Casey Griffin
  31. The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
  32. From London with Love by Diana Quincy
  33. Juliet's Answer: One Man's Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by Glenn Dixon
  34. Somebody Like You by Donna Alward
  35. The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce
  36. Close to Home by Lily Everett
  37. Love Story by Lauren Layne
  38. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  39. The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises by Kellie Hailes
  40. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
  41. Valentine: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #1 by Heather Grothaus
  42. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
  43. Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones
  44. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  45. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  46. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
  47. Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti
  48. Playing by the Rules by Rosa Temple
  49. Bachelorette for Sale by Gail Chianese
  50. Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield
  51. Sex Becomes Her by Regina Cole
  52. Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
  53. Perfect for You by Candis Terry
  54. Among a Thousand Stars by Jo Bartlett
  55. My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton
  56. Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms
  57. A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran
  58. Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters by Deb Julienne
  59. Starlight Bridge by Debbie Mason
  60. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  61. Rosie's Little Café on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet
  62. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
  63. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  64. Bedding the Highlander by Sabrina York, James Patterson
  65. Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey
  66. Someone to Love by Donna Alward
  67. The Difference Between You & Me by Celia Hayes
  68. Rome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant
  69. The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke
  70. There's Something About Cornwall by Daisy James
  71. Home at Last by Lily Everett
  72. The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott
  73. Ruler of the Night by David Morrell
  74. Mad Richard by Lesley Krueger
  75. Worth Fighting For by Kirsty Moseley
  76. Womanizer by Katy Evans
  77. Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones
  78. Destined for Love by Melissa Foster
  79. Danced Close by Annabeth Albert
  80. Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst
  81. Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon
  82. Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey
  83. The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie
  84. Her Bodyguard by Sabrina Paige
  85. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
  86. Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey
  87. Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland
  88. Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey
  89. The Satanic Mechanic: by Sally Andrew
  90. The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke
  91. The English Duke by Karen Ranney
  92. A Small Town Bride: Chapel of Love #2 by Hope Ramsay
  93. You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne
  94. So Wrong It Must Be Right by Nicole Helm
  95. Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde
  96. Keystone by Dannika Dark
  97. Back to Your Love by Kianna Alexander
  98. By Her Touch by Adriana Anders
  99. The Choir on Hope Street by Igiaba Scego, Jamie Richards
  100. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
  101. The Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Keenan
  102. The Girls of Ennismore by Patricia Falvey
  103. Madly (New York, #2) by Ruthie Knox
  104. Witchy Sour by Gina LaManna
  105. Himself by Jess Kidd
  106. A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant
  107. A Study in Scoundrels by Christy Carlyle
  108. Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains
  109. Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances
  110. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
  111. Cooking with Kandy by Peggy Jaeger
  112. Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig
  113. Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones
  114. Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse by Harper Lin
  115. Friendship on Fire by Melissa Foster
  116. Hideaway by Fern Michaels
  117. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  118. When the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries, #3) by Maddie Day
  119. The Perils of Paulie by Katie MacAlister
  120. Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding by Fiona Collins
  121. A Mansion, A Drag Queen, and A New Job (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery, #1) by C.C. Dragon
  122. Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake
  123. Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
  124. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
  125. Dating The Undead by Juliet Lyons
  126. The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor
  127. Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys by Harper Lin
  128. Owning It by Leah Marie Brown
  129. Spirited Away by Fern Michaels
  130. Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5) by Nalini Singh
  131. Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin
  132. The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow
  133. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
  134. A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts
  135. Annie's Lovely Choir by the Sea(Salt Bay, #1) by Liz Eeles
  136. The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham
  137. Getaway by Fern Michaels
  138. Don't Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman
  139. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
  140. A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe
  141. North to You by
  142. Adua by Igiaba Scego, Jamie Richards
  143. Stolen Time by Chloé Duval
  144. Can't Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter