Building an Archive: The #DiverseBookBloggers Directory

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More exciting #DiverseBookBloggers news: We now have a directory up and running! It’s still a work in progress but please stop by and if you’re a diverse book blogger make sure to add your blog! And send me a photo of your header for example if you’d like one included. Also, we have badges! Stop by and make sure to grab one for your blog/space and link back to the directory. There’s also an “I support”- badge for allies, we’d appreciate the support and spreading of the word 🙂

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There’s a resource page, where we list book lists by bloggers that highlight for example Mexican-American authors or Chican@ Speculative Fiction etc. Please let me know if you have created such a list on your blog, we’d love to add it to the directory! An index page with categories for easier navigation will be up soon.

The directory will hopefully function as an archive and a resource for bloggers, authors and publishers. We’d like to make an impact collectively! So please stop by, browse, add your blog and follow us! I’m admin, so feel free to contact me with any concerns and questions you might have.

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In other #DiverseBookBloggers news, Whitney at Brown Books & Green Tea has started a fantastic new feature in which she will spotlight diverse book bloggers. She was kind enough to ask me to start things off and asked me some tough questions. Thanks so much, Whitney! So if you’re still not tired of hearing from me, make sure to read what I had to say here. And make sure to follow her for smart and in-depth reviews of diverse books!

What’s the last diverse book you read? Let me know in the comments!

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37 thoughts on “Building an Archive: The #DiverseBookBloggers Directory

  1. I hadn’t heard of this yet! Great idea. I just added my blog to the list. I am getting ready to pick up my ARC of Jazz Jennings’ new memoir. Can’t wait to start it!

    1. Yay, thanks for adding your blog, Nicole! Haven’t heard of that book, looks like I have some googling to do! Happy reading 🙂

  2. I have been reading books by diverse authors for four years and blogging my reviews of them. I have focused on women of color, but not exclusively. I also have made some lists such as one on Women and Islam. https://wordpress.com/post/mdbrady.wordpress.com/6136 I also have some lists by country and favorites. I’d love to be involved in your new project. I think it is great and would be glad to help out.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Sounds great, I prefer WoC lit, too! 🙂 Add your blog to the directory if you haven’t yet, I will add your list to the resource page.

  3. Wonderful news, Bina! So nice to know that there is a Diverse Book Bloggers Directory and you are anchoring it. So wonderful! Can’t wait to read your interview at Whitney’s!

    I posted a recommended reading list on Indian literature a few years back. It probably needs an update now, but in case you find it relevant and would like to add it to the diverse booklist page, you can find it here.

    1. Thanks so much, Vishy! Hope you liked the interview 🙂 And glad you like the directory!
      Oh yay will have to add your list to the resoure page, I want to read more Indian lit definitely. I loved the Narayan books I read.

  4. The new directory looks great! You guys are fast! 🙂
    A few recent excellent diverse Canadian books I’ve read are The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami, Bone & Bread by Saleem Nawaz, Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, and All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor.

    1. Thanks so much, Naomi! 🙂 Oh those will have to go on my tbr, thanks for the recs! Also, Farzana Doctor, must read more.

  5. That’s wonderful, Bina! I’m an ally! And I’m so proud of myself, I figured out how to “grab the badge” and put it on my blog! (Seriously, I am a tech Luddite so this is big.) 🙂 I look forward to reading more posts from diverse bloggers!

    1. Yay, so glad to hear you grabbed our badge, thanks! Also, haha I can so relate! It took me ages to figure out how to add images to my sidebar too such a proud moment, isn’t it! 😀 Happy to have allies like you!

  6. I love this, and I love the badges. Also, I’m so glad we’ve been talking about this so much because I’m really starting to think how I can use my blog to amplify authors/stories I love.

    1. Yay so glad you love the directory and the badges! I’ve loved the #DiverseBookBloggers convos we’ve had and love finding so many more bloggers. Yeah we can definitely try to do our part in promoting diverse authors and stories 🙂

  7. This is so great! I’m adding a zillion new blogs to my feedly, as I think I’ve mentioned, and I’m sure that’s just going to keep expanding as the directory does. You and all the organizers and promoters of this initiative are awesome!!

    1. Thanks so much, Jenny! Yay, happy we can make your feedly explode! 🙂 I hope the archive will keep growing, it’s been wonderful to meet so many diverse bloggers even if my tbr looks….intimidating 😀 Feel free to grab an ally badge 🙂

  8. I just finished Binti!!! Per your recommendation!!! So excited 🙂 It was amazing and I loved it and I am putting Okorafor at the top of my list for authors to explore further. My only complaint was that it was so short (I didn’t realize it was a novella, and I wanted to know so much more about the world. But this is not the book’s fault, obviously. So the next Okorafor I’m reading will definitely be a full-length feature).

    1. Ioana there will be two sequel stories to Binti!!! 🙂 So happy you loved Binti and Okorafor’s writing!! 🙂 I had the same reaction and am trying not to read all her works this year 😀

  9. Hi there! I have no idea how to add myself to the list, but I’d love to. My blog isn’t just books but diverse literature is very important to me, and I’ve posted my first fiction review (https://sexualityandthecityblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/review-what-belongs-to-you/)

    My most recent diverse lit was the LGBT novel ‘What Belongs to You’, by Garth Greenwell. It was great – very reminiscent of mid-century US poetry, only bleaker.

    Sam

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