Sunday, September 23, 2012

A More Diverse Universe: The Schedule

The resonance of culture is difficult to measure. It’s not the accumulation and arrangement of a numerous facts... I want to read stories and books that will let me see my world in different ways, not re-inscribe the world I’ve learned through the public education system and popular culture. Let me dream in a language not my own.  -Hiromi Goto

Today is the start of the A More Diverse Universe reading tour!  To kick us off in style, Hiromi Goto has written a wonderful piece on why diversity in fantasy and science fiction is so important (quoted above).  Goto is the author of Half-World, which as you can see on the schedule below, Jill at Fizzy Thoughts is reviewing today!  She's also the author of Darkest Light, which Buried in Print will be reviewing on Wednesday.

And, as you can see below, the breadth of authors we're all reading is astounding.  It's a vast array of different cultures, world views, traditions, and characters, and I'm so excited to delve in and see what you all have to say about each one.

Without further ado, here is the master schedule.  I will update it with permalinks (hopefully) at the end of each day so that it can be a resource for everyone going forward.

Thanks so much to everyone for all the amazing support we received for this tour!  As you can see below, there are a ton of participants.  Good work, all - now go comment ;-)

Also, if you want to chat about this event on Twitter, our hashtag is #diversiverse.

NOTE:  We have become aware that some participants never received our email notification of assigned dates.  If you signed up for the tour and never got an email (I suspect it went to your spam folder), then please look below for your assigned date.  If that date no longer works for you, please contact me with a couple of dates that would work better.

If you signed up for the event and do NOT see your name on this list, please contact me, too, with the book you chose to review and the dates that you would be available to review it.

Jill @ Fizzy Thoughts - Half-World by Hiromi Goto
Liviania @ In Bed with Books - People of Paper, by Salvador Plascencia
Somer @ The Further Adventures of Somer - Tantalize, by Cynthia Smith
M @ We Sat Down - Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
Terah on GoodReads - Shadow Walker, by LA Banks
Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?  - Wild Child, by Octavia Butler
Mikel @ Untitled United - The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, by Ted Chiang AND Lucretia and the Krooms, by Victor LaVelle
Rachelia @ Bookish Comforts - Huntress, by Malinda Lo
Rachel @ Resistance is futile - The Blind Owl, by Sadegh Hedayat


Aarti @ BookLust - The Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda
Heather @ Raging Bibliomania - Green Grass, Running Water, by Thomas King

Anachronist @ Books as portable pieces of thoughts - Fledgling, by Octavia Butler
Care @ Care’s Online Book Club - Kindred, by Octavia Butler
Tanya @ girlxoxo - Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Orakorfar
Chinoiseries @ Always Cooking Up Something - Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Laurie @ Bay State Reader’s Advisory - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
Alysia @ My Little Pocketbooks - Kindred, by Octavia Butler
Melwyk @ The Indextrious Reader - The New Moon’s Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson
Llinos @Biscuits In, Writing Out - Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor
Elizabeth @ Meanderings - Pemba’s Song:  A Ghost Story, by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson
Heidenkind @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books - The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
Buried in Print - _So Long Been Dreaming, ed. Nalo Hopkinson
Tanita @ Finding Wonderland - Thorn, by Intisar Khanani
Electra @ starlady - Adaptation, by Malinda Lo


Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader - The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Chris @ Bookarama - Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson
Sharon @ Library Hungry - Angelfall, by Susan Ee
Heather @ Capricious Reader - Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
Sakura @ chasing bawa - Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany
Athira @ Reading on a Rainy Day - Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie
SonomaLass @ Another Day In Paradise - The Steampowered Globe, ed. Rosemary Lim
Christy @ Another Step to Take -The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi
 Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Renee @ Fangs for the Fantasy - The Burning Bush, by Kenya Wright
Mia @ Nisaba Be Praised - The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany
Eva @ A Striped Armchair - Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed

Jenny @ Jenny's Books - Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
Charlotte @ Charlotte’s Library - Justice and Her Brothers, by Virginia Hamilton
Lu @ Regular Rumination - The Shadowed Sun, by NK Jemisin
Amy @ Amy Reads - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin
Iris @ Iris on Books - Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie
Buried in Print @ Buried in Print - Darkest Light - by Hiromi Goto
Aarti @ BookLust - Bayou, by Jeremy Love
Gavin @ Page 247 - Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi
Paul @ Fangs for the Fantasy - Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
Trish @ Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity -The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi 
Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - Zone One, by Colson Whitehead
Mary Anne @ An Ongoing, Erratic Diary - Half World, by Hiromi Goto
Eric @ Dragonsept Arts and Publishing - Engraved on the Eye, by Saladin Ahmed

Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm - Fledging by Octavia Butler
Jeanne @ Necromancy Never Pays, Babel - 17, by Samuel R. Delaney
Shan @ Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea -The Chaos, by Nalo Hopkinson
Joanna @ Create Your World - White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi
Jae @ Book Nympho -The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
Kit @ orphans and animals - Huntress, by Malinda Lo
Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
Jessica @ Nisaba Be Praised - Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
Fence @ Susan Hated Literature - The Way of Thorn and Thunder, by Daniel Heath Justice
Sandstone @ Reflections Without a Mirror - The Fall of the Towers, by Samuel R. Delaney

Sudha @ BookLust - Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
Shivanee @ Novel Niche - Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
Memory @ Stella Matutina - Salsa Nocturna, by Daniel Jose Older
Laura @ Ruby Bastille -Tales of Outer Suburbia, by Shaun Tan
Elizabeth @ As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves - When Fox Was a Thousand, by Larissa Lao
Lambert @ L.. Lambert Lawson - Zahrah the Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor
Micah @ Hypocritical Hyperbole - Imaro, by George R. Saunders
Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness - Post on Books Added to her Wish List because of #diversiverse
Rachel @ Resistance is Futile - Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
Lisa @ Starmetal Oak Reviews - Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
Susanna @ SusieBookworm - Field of Honor, by D.L. Birchfield
Amber @ A Morose Bookshelf - Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
Stacy @ The Novel Life - Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress, by Sarwat Chadda 
Cathy @ Cathy Ostlere’s Blog - The Night Wanderer, by Drew Haydon Taylor


Rachel @ Resistance is futile - Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, by Gina B. Nahai
Sharikquh @ Kesabaran - Wolf at the Door, by Joyce Chng
Alex @ Randomly Reading - Huntress, by Malinda Lo
Bellezza @ Dolce Bellezza - Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe
Vicki @ I’d Rather be Reading at the Beach - A Wish After Midnight, by Zetta Elliot
Kate @ I Make Up Worlds - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin 
mdbrady @ Me, You, and Books - Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
Jodie @ Book Gazing - Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord
Vasilly @ 1330v - Lucretia and the Krooms,  by Victor Lavalle 
Starr @ The Literati Press - Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
Alpa @ 1 More Page Please - Interview with author Samit Basu
Marg @ Adventures of an Intrepid Reader - Guest Post by author Ambelin Kwaymullina


  1. Wow, this looks like fun! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  2. I never got a notice and I am not on your schedule. I would like to review Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord.

    I also wrote a general blog about fantasy by people, discussing the six books I have read and reviewed this year. Would you like to include it?

    1. Hi Marilyn, I'm so sorry your sign-up didn't come through on the form. I don't really know how to contact you to set up a date for your review, so please either respond here or email me at booklustblogger AT gmail DOT com.


  3. What an awesome project! I'm on the lookout for books for a friend, and I think I'll be finding some good suggestions here. Thanks for putting this together.

    1. Thanks for being an active observer!

  4. What an amazing list of participants! I am proud to be part is, thank you for organising this event :)

    1. I'm overwhelmed by the excitement, too! So great!

  5. Thank you for organizing this! It's amazing how many people are participating.

    1. It really is! I am excited to see how the week goes.

  6. Hi, Aarti. I'm so thrilled to see a master schedule, which I've linked to with the button on my blog's sidebar.

    If it matters, my post for the 29th is Kobo Abe's Woman In The Dunes. It was a fascinating read!

    Thanks for organizing this so beautifully!

    1. Thanks for participating! I'll update accordingly, and thanks for linking to us :-) SO GLAD you loved your book!

  7. LOVE that you've put all these together in one post.

    1. Haha, that may be more laziness than anything else, but I think it's much more powerful to see all 100 people together in one list than separated daily.

    2. Anonymous9/25/2012


  8. Hi Aarti, thanks so much for pulling this all together! What a great list of links!

    I finally have picked my book for Wednesday-- I'll be looking at Justice and Her Brothers, by Virginia Hamilton.

    1. Great, I'll update accordingly - thanks for letting me know.

  9. Aarti ~This looks amazing. You have done a wonderful job putting this together. Love it!!!

  10. Wonderful list! Makes it so easy to visit all, if I can. Having Mondays off is great for book blogging, but these tours and hops tend to interfere with my chore list for the day! I posted my review a little later in the morning today than I had planned, but hope it was OK for all but the real earlybirds.

  11. Hi Aarti, I changed my book to Parable of the Sower. I did the old "see which ones takes" and tried both and I can't put down PotS. Hope that's okay!

  12. Aarti you should take over the POC reading challenge. They are looking for someone to take it over for next year. Here is the link

  13. This is my piece. Thank you again SO MUCH for organizing and facilitating this; it's amazing.

  14. The response to this is just thrilling! yay for book bloggers! and/or book lovers who read our blogs, too. :D

  15. Anonymous9/26/2012

    I don't know if it's too late and technically, my review was posted on September 19th, but here is a review of N.K. Jemisin's The Killing Moon.

    I found out about this blog tour too late but I've been having these thoughts going on inside my own head for a while. Actually, Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor gave me the push to read more diverse fantasy. And so far, none of their books have disappointed. I hope there will be another week (maybe even an entire month!) devoted to diverse writers and characters in fantasy literature.

  16. Here's the direct link to my review of Huntress on Tumblr

  17. Anonymous9/27/2012

    Hey! I ended up reading Wild Seed and here's my review to save you time:

    Thanks for hosting this! I hope you do it again!

  18. I read Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress ~ loved it! Here's my link:

  19. Are you doing something like this for 2013? I'd like in.

    1. Yes, we'll be doing it again, but haven't settled on dates yet.


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