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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. Rosie's Little Café on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet