2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

Posted December 28, 2016 by Lizzy in Books/Writing / 5 Comments

2017 diverse reads book challenge

My last challenge sign-up post guys, I promise. I PROMISE!! I know, I know…I’ve gone off the deep end. *looks askance at the growing list* But most of them will overlap at some point. In some way. Or hell, who knows, maybe I’ll just read 200 books in 2017. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!? Anyway, this is for the 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, hosted by Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat. and Mishma of Chasing Faerytales! The goal of this challenge is to “encourage the reading and support of diverse books and marginalized voices.” I really want to branch outside of my typical reading this year, to step into others’ shoes. I’m really excited about the monthly challenges they’ve come up with, and I think I’m going to try to make each of my choices an #ownvoices book. Not sure I will be able to get my hands on one for each month, but I’m going to try.


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


We have created a reading list to help you with choosing your reads for the challenge. It’s categorized according the monthly themes, and it’s in Read Only mode, so if you have more recommendations or links/resources, do let us know in the comments or via twitter so we can add them to the list.

And that’s it, folks! If you have favorite diverse books please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear what you have to say! I’ll be compiling my own list at some point. 🙂

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