My Diverse-A-Thon Wrap Up

Unfortunately, I did not get around to reading all the books I wanted to for Diverse-A-Thon (Real life has not been agreeable with my reading schedule). Despite that, I had fun and learned a lot through Diverse-A-Thon and reading diverse books in 2017.

Diverse-A-Thon was a great way to get me motivated to start more diverse books because usually I just pick up whatever book I’m flippantly in the mood for (and they tend to be historical romances, which have terrible reputation for lacking diversity, because they are such easy reads).

If you have only been following me since the start of my blog, then you probably don’t understand how harsh of a reviewer I actually I am. I am extremely stingy with ratings. Over on Goodreads, I have been reading and reviewing for several years. My average rating has never gotten above 2.20 (and to put it in perspective, I have rated 1,100+ books). My rating trends have changed drastically since reading more diverse books.

2017 has been extremely different from all my other reading years. Before becoming an adult and entering into college I had nearly no autonomy. Buying books that obviously had LGBTQ+ themes was not possible because of my family situation. One of my goals this year has been to read more diverse books because now I have the freedom to do it so. I was astonished when in the first week of 2017 I had already given out three 5-star ratings. All of my 5 star ratings this year have been given to diverse books.

The books that I chose to read for Diverse-A-Thon and enjoyed have further cemented the fact that diverse books truly are better than ones filled with white straight characters. Choosing diverse books does not mean forgoing quality.

Books on my Diverse-A-Thon TBR that I completed:

images-1Title: Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Author: Randy Shilts
Release Date: March 15th 1988
Genre: Nonfiction, LGBT, Biography
Pages: 388

Content Warning: Homophobic slurs, Homophobia, Suicide, Transphobic language/outdated terminology (most likely the result of this book being published in the 80s)
My Rating: ★★★ (Needed to be written better/more focus on Harvey Milk rather than the setting. I’m very picky with my Nonficiton.)

Full Review

91spdf5cwl-__bg0000_fmpng_ac_ul320_sr212320_Title: Fit (Fit Trilogy #1)
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Pages: 158

Content Warning: N/A
My Rating: ★★ (Disappointing, but not terrible)

Full Review

 

 

22854969Title: Tamed (Fit Trilogy #2)
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Pages: 158

Content Warning: N/A
My Rating: ★★★★ (So good. Armando is my book boyfriend)

Full Review

 

 

Books on my Diverse-A-Thon TBR that I didn’t complete in time:

tfc-01Title: The Future Chosen
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Release Date: December 23rd 2016
Genre: New Adult, Political, Romance
Pages: 355

Opinion so far: Not finishing The Future Chosen is a reflection on me, and not the content of the book. Ebooks are really hard for me to read right now, but college classes start up again today so I’ll probably be back to reading ebooks constantly when I’m on campus

 

 

28220826Title: When the Moon was Ours 
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, LGBT
Pages: 288

Opinion so far: I love this so far. I am not a purple prose person (the style makes it difficult for me to understand and I have to put in a lot more energy into reading), but I’m liking how Anna-Marie McLemore has done it. Her previous book, The Weight of Feathers, was a bust for me, but I adore Miel and Sam so I have high hopes for this one.

Books not on my original Diverse-A-Thon TBR that I started anyways and haven’t finished yet:

EXO.jpgTitle: Exo
Author: Fonda Lee
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Print ARC Pages: 369

Opinion so far: I literally got one page in. I was way too tempted to start it because I just got this ARC in the mail a couple days ago. I can never resist the impulse to read 50 books at once…

 

 

Even though I didn’t finish all the books I wanted to, I would still call my Diverse-A-Thon a success. I adored Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon, and am anticipating some more high ratings with the books I’m still finishing up.

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