Ohmigoodness, ohmiGOODness! Guys, A More Diverse Universe was amaze-balls. I haven't even visited HALF of the posts yet because you all wrote SO MANY and I have been adding SO MANY books to my wish list and so many authors to my watch list. And that's just so far! I bet some people scoot in after the fact as they finish up their reading and reviewing this weekend.
So, why was I so anal about the way I had you post your reviews? So that I could quickly dump them in Excel and analyze, of course!
(about) 120 different books
All in two weeks! I can't even count all of the tweets and Tumblrs and Instagrams that everyone has been using, but the numbers are overwhelming. It's incredible. If I were in PR, I would also count "impressions" in the list above and that amount would be ginormous because it would include ALL of your followers who saw your posts or your tweets or your Instagram feed and were influenced by them. All of whom can go out and read more diversely now, too. Because of you!
I wish I had the time to organize all the #Diversiverse reviews into a tab so that people looking for diverse reading selections in, say, non-fiction or fantasy could easily hop over to that tab and see a full list of reviews for themselves. Sadly, I cannot accomplish this task now, but perhaps over the long, dreary months of winter, I shall do so! And then we can just keep adding to that list EVERY YEAR so that people can have their minds blown by how many options there are out there for them to read and enjoy and expand their minds.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the event! And to everyone who didn't participate but talked up the challenge and pushed other people to participate. I truly believe that if you want change, you need to push for it, and I think this year, book blogosphere has told publishers, loud and clear, that #wewantdiversebooks! Good for us. The world will be a better place for us having made our desires clear.
Most of all, I hope that, for those of you who participated, this was not a one-off thing. Yes to participate in the challenge, you only had to read one book by a person of color, but I hope that only inspires you to do even more going forward.