#Diversiverse



I host the A More Diverse Universe (#diversiverse) reading challenge each year with the goal of getting people to read books written by people of color.  The challenge has evolved since it started - it used to focus specifically on the SFF genre, but now it was expanded to include any book by any person of color.  It's been wonderful to host, and my goal is to have here a repository of book reviews so that anyone looking to diversify their reading has an easy place to go.

This is a work in progress, but I wanted to make it available as quickly as possible.  It's tough to get things formatted in a way that is easy to follow, and even tougher to organize the books using anything other than title or author (organization by genre, for example, is a goal for the far future!).

But having everything in one place is very important to me, and being halfway there is better than not being anywhere at all.  So at long last, here are all the A More Diverse Universe reviews posted since the beginning of the event (2012).  They are sorted by title.  I hope the list helps to inspire you the way it has helped to inspire so many people!  The links to reviews are under the blog name.

Updated:  October 21, 2015


Blog Title Author
Sleepless Reader 100 Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
things mean a lot 19 Varieties of Gazelle Naomi Shihab
She Reads Novels A God in Every Stone Kamila Shamsie
Me, You and Books A Grain of Wheat Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Jennifer Cameron-Smith A Married Woman Manju Kapur
Wandering in the Stacks A Spy in the House Y.S. Lee
Sociologist Novelist A Stranger in Olondria Sofia Samatar
The Literate Condition A Stranger in Olondria Sofia Samatar
Girlxoxo A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
Buried In Print A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance Tomson Highway
Dreaming Out Loud A Time to Dance Padma Venkatraman
I'd Rather be Reading at the Beach A Wish After Midnight Zetta Elliot
starlady Adaptation Malinda Lo
A Girl that Likes Books Adulthood Rites Octavia Butler
Starmetal Oak Reviews Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor
tuulenhaiven Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor
Jenny's Books Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor
A Good Stopping Point All Aunt Hagar's Children Edward P. Jones
If You Can Read This Also by Mail Olumide Popoola
Buried In Print Amulet I:  The Stonekeeper Kazu Kibuishi
Buried In Print Amulet II:  The Stonekeeper's Curse Kazu Kibuishi
Northern Lights An African in Greenland Tete-Michel Kposmassie
Nishita's Rants and Raves An Isolated Incident Soniah Kamal
Literary Lindsey An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alameddine
Book Girlof MUC Angelfall Susan Ea
The Illustrated Page Angelfall Susan Ee
Library Hungry Angelfall Susan Ee
Earl Grey Editing Angels' Blood Nalini Singh
Hibernators Library Anna Dressed in Blood Kendare Blake
Bibliophiliac Another Country James Baldwin
Regular Rumination Aristotle & Dante Discover the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz
read a latte Aristotle & Dante Discover the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Reflections Without a Mirror Ascenscion Jacqueline Koyanagi
Susan Hated Literature Ascenscion Jacqueline Koyanagi
Musings of a Bookish Kitty Ash Malinda Lo
Sociologist Novelist Ash Malinda Lo
The Novel Life Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress Sarwat Chadda 
Sleepless Reader Aya of Yop City Marguerite Abouet
Finding Wonderland Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Necromancy Never Pays Babel-17 Samuel Delaney
chasing bawa Babel-17 Samuel Delany
Indextrious Reader Back of the Turtle Thomas King
Book Lust Balm Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Booklust Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie
BookLust Bayou Jeremy Love
Book Girl of M-y-C Bayou vol 2 Jeremy Love
Olduvai Reads Beauty is a Wound Eka Kurniawan
Based on a True Story Bento Box in the Heartland Linda Furiya
Necromancy Never Pays Best American Poetry 2015 Sherman Alexie
Lilia Ford Best of All Possible World Karen Lord
Susan Hated Literature Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coats
Hogglestock Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coats
SFF Book Review Binti Nnedi Okorafor
Hibernators Library Bloodchild and Other Stories Octavia Butler
Sarah Laurence Born Confused Tanuja Desai Hidier
Shelf Love Boxers & Saints Gene Luen Yang
Necromancy Never Pays Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
1330v Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
The Daily Doage Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
Love, Laughter, and Insanity Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
Indextrious Reader Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson
Chris Bookarama Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson
Buried In Print Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
 In Bed With Books Chasing Shadows Swati Avasthi
Literogo Coffee Will Make You Black April Sinclair
Library Hungry Complicit Stephanie Kuehn
Musings of a Bookish Kitty Confessions Kanae Minato
Words for Worms Crazy Horse's Girlfriend Erika T Wurth
Dreaming Out Loud Cyberpunk: Malaysia Zen Cho (editor)
Buried in Print Darkest Light Hiromi Goto
Fantasy Book Critic Davyaprithvi Rajdeep Paul
Danika Leigh Ellis Dawn Octavia Butler
Sarah Says Read Dawn Octavia Butler
Bay State Reader's Advisory Dawn Octavia Butler
Life the universe and cats Dawn Octavia Butler
Charlotte's Library Dayshaun's Gift Zetta Elliott
justaddbooks Dogside Story Patricia Grace
Wandering in the Stacks Dragonwings Laurence Yep
In the Forest of Stories Emma, vols 1-7 Kaoru Mori
Dragonsept Arts and Publishing Engraved on the Eye Saladin Ahmed
Stefani Cox Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
Reading the End Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
Love, Laughter, and Insanity Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
In Bed With Books Evolution Stephanie Diaz
Book Girl of MUC Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls Lela Lee
Book Without Pics Falling in Love with Hominds Nalo Hopkinson
Book Lust Family Life Akhil Sharma
Howling Frog Books Fantasia:  An Algerian Cavalcade Assia Djebar
Charlotte's Library Feral Nights Cynthia Leitich Smith
Susie Bookworm Field of Honor D.L. Birchfield
Medieval Bookworm Fledging Octavia Butler
Books as portable pieces of thoughts Fledgling Octavia Butler
In Bed With Books Gates of Thread and Stone Lori M. Lee
A Striped Armchair General Post N.K. Jemisin
Hibernators Library Girl of Nightmares Kendare Blake
Raging Bibliomania Green Grass, Running Water Thomas King
Adventures of an Intrepid Reader Guest Post Ambelin Kwaymullina
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia H.O. R. S. E. Christopher Myers
things mean a lot Half World Hiromi Goto
Love, Laughter, and Insanity Half World Hiromi Goto
An Ongoing, Erratic Diary Half World Hiromi Goto
Fizzy Thoughts Half-World Hiromi Goto
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia Hallelujah! The Welcome Table Maya Angelou
Reading on a Rainy Day Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie
Iris on Books Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie 
The Friday Friends Hoops Walter Dean Myers
Booking It House of Stone  Anthony Shadid
Randomly Reading How I Became a Ghost Tim Tangle
Book Punks How to Be an Artist and Revolutionize the World Various Authors
Bookish Comforts Huntress Malinda Lo
orphans and animals Huntress Malinda Lo
Randomly Reading Huntress Malinda Lo
Need More Shelves I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Marilyn & Me, You and Books I'll Be Right There Kung Sook Shin
Hypocritical Hyperbole Imaro George Saunders 
Elizabeth Incognegro Mat Johnson
Booklust India Becoming Akash Kapur
Based on a True Story Ines of My Soul Isabel Allende
Based on a True Story Ink Sabrina Vourvoulias
things mean a lot Inside Out and Back Again Thanhha Lai
1 More Page Please Interview with author Samit Basu
Dirigible Plum Josephine Patricia Hruby Powell
Charlotte’s Library Justice and Her Brothers Virginia Hamilton
Resistance is Futile Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
Love, Laughter & Insanity Kindred Octavia Butler
Estella's Revenge Kindred Octavia Butler
Bay State Reader's Advisory Kindred Octavia Butler
Care’s Online Book Club Kindred Octavia Butler
My Little Pocketbooks Kindred Octavia Butler
My Book Strings Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor
The Illustrated Page Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor
The Illustrated Page Laughing Without an Accent Firoozeh Dumas
Chrisbookarama Left Foot Right Nalo Hopkinson
Susan of Lady Business Library Wars:  Volume 1 Kiiro Yumi
Reading the End Long Division Kiese Laymon
Indextrious Reader Lost Girl Sangu Mandanna
Big Reading Life Loving Day Mat Johnson
Untitled United Lucretia and the Krooms Victor LaVelle
Indextrious Reader Man Kim Thuy
The reading reptile Maps for Lost Lovers Nadeem Aslam
Elizabeth March - Book 1 John Robert Lewis
tuulenhaiven Mare's War Tanita S. Davis
Capricious Reader Mare's War Tanita S. Davis
Guiltless Reading May Day Eve and Other Stories Nick Joaquin
Jenny in Canberra Me Antman & Fleabag Gayle Kennedy
Bibliophiliac Men We Reaped Jesmyn Ward
Library Hungry Modern Romance Aziz Ansari
Olduvai Reads Monkey Beach Eden Robinson
Book Lust Monster Walter Dean Myers
Chrisbookarama Monsters, Lock up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifying Alice Sola Kim
Resistance is Futile Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith Gina Nahai
things mean a lot Mr Fox Helen Oyeyemi
Page 247 Mr. Fox Helen Oyeyemi
Lady Disdain Notes Mutuwhenua Patricia Grace
The Book of Life My Basmati Bat Mitzvah Paula J. Freedman
Based on a True Story My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me Jennifer Teege
Dirigible Plum My Name Is Gabriela Monica Brown
The Fictional 100 Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales Nelson Mandela
Always Cooking Up Something Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
Buried In Print Not Anyone's Anything Ian Williams
We Sat Down Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman
Guiltless reading Old Faves Round-Up Various Authors
Library Hungry On a Red Station, Drifting Aliette de Bodard
things mean a lot One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia
Finding Wonderland Orleans Sherri L. Smith
Lady Business P.S. Be Eleven Rita Williams-Garcia
Capricious Reader Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler
My Little Pocketbooks Parable of the Talents Octavia Butler
Meanderings Pemba’s Song:  A Ghost Story Tonya and Marilyn Nelson Hegamin
In Bed with Books People of Paper Salvador Plascencia
Buried In Print Personals Ian Williams
Me, You and Books Pleasantville Attica Locke
Indextrious Reader Plum Bun Jessie Redmon Fauset
The Englishist Pointe Brandy Colbert
Sophisticated Dorkiness Post on Books Added to her Wish List Various Authors
Book Lust Pretty Fire Charlayne Woodard
Reading the End Real World Natsuo Kirino
Book Punks Redemption In Indigo Karen Lord
Novel Niche Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord
Me, You, and Books Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord
Book Gazing Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord
Tell Me a Story Revenge Yoko Ogawa
Chrisbookarama Ring Koji Suzuki
omphaloskepsis Rules of Summer Shaun Tan
Musings of a Bookish Kitty Saffron Dreams Shaila Abdullah
Stella Matutina Salsa Nocturna Daniel Jose Older
Bellezza Salvation of a Saint Keigo Higashino
Me, You and Books Secret Son Laila Lalami
chasing bawa Servant of the Underworld Aliette de Bodard
Medieval Bookworm Several Diverse Reading Suggestions Various Authors
Indextrious Reader Shadow Speaker Nnedi Okorafor
GoodReads Shadow Walker LA Banks
The Booktrovert Shadowshaper Daniel Jose Older
Sonoma Lass Shanghai Steam Various Authors
So I Pondered Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi
TBR 313 Short Girls Bich Minh Nguyen
Library Hungry Short Stories I found through other Diversiverse posts Various Authors
The Illustrated Page Silver Phoenix Cindy Pon
Sociologist Novelist Sister Mine Nalo Hopkinson
Buried in Print So Long Been Dreaming Nalo Hopkinson (editor)
The Illustrated Page Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho
Olduvai Reads Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho
Care's Online Book Club Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho
Dreaming Out Loud Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho
Bookie Mee Spring Snow Yukio Mishima
A Girl that Likes Books Stories of your Life and Others Ted Chiang
Based on a True Story Sultana's Dream  Roquia Sakhawat Hussain
Susan Hated Literature Sunbolt Intisar Khanani
Ruby Bastille Tales of Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan
The Further Adventures of Somer Tantalize Cynthia Smith
Buried In Print The (Post) Mistress Tomson Highway
Words for Worms The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books The Arrival Shaun Tan
sffbookreview The Best of All Possible Worlds Karen Lord
Resistance is futile The Blind Owl Sadegh Hedayat
Words for Worms The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
Olduvai Reads The Body at the Tower Y.S. Lee
Randomly Reading The Book Itch Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Literogo The Book of Memory Petina Gappah
Book Punks The Book of Phoenix Nnedi Okorafor
Booklust The Book of Unknown Americans Cristina Henriquez
Reading the End The Bright Continent Dayo Olopade
The Illustrated Page The Broken Crown Michelle West
Excavating the Relic The Broken Kingdoms N.K. Jemison
Joyfully Retired The Buddha In the Attic Julie Otsuka
Fangs for the Fantasy The Burning Bush Kenya Wright
Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea The Chaos Nalo Hopkinson 
Still Unfinished The Crossover Kwame Alexander
If You Can Read This The Cutting Season Attica Locke
talking to myself The Cutting Season Attica Locke
Nisaba Be Praised The Einstein Intersection Samuel Delany
She Reads Novels The Enchantress of Florence Salman Rushdie
Reflections without a Mirror The Fall of the Towers Samuel Delany
Necromancy Never Pays The Flash Reverses Time A. Van Jordan
She Reads Novels The Garden of Evening Mists Tan Twang Eng
Me, You, and Books The Ghost Bride Yangsze Choo
Library Hungry The Girl from the Well Lin Chupeco
Guiltless Reading The Gold of Small Things Arundhati Roy
Olduvai Reads The Good House Tananarive Due
Shelf Love The Guide R.K. Narayan
Library Hungry The House of Aunts Zen Cho
Iris on Books The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
Based on a True Story The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
The Illustrated Page The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
Need More Shelves The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
Bay State Reader’s Advisory The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
Amy Reads The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
Resistance is Futile The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin
Another Step to Take The Icarus Girl Helen Oyeyemi
Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity The Icarus Girl Helen Oyeyemi 
Earl Grey Editing The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf Ambelin Kwaymullina
The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf Ambelin Kwaymullina
Words for Worms The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Chrisbookarama The Lake Tananarive Due
Buried In Print The Meeting Point Austin Clarke
Untitled United The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate Ted Chiang
Libraryhungry The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae
The Indextrious Reader The New Moon’s Arms Nalo Hopkinson
Cathy Ostlere's Blog The Night Wanderer Drew Haydon Taylor
sffbookreview The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo Zen Cho
Randomly Reading The Red Pencil Andrea Davis Pinkney
Me, You, and Books The Salt Roads Nalo Hopkinson
BookLust The Savage Fortress Sarwat Chadda
Paper Wanderer The Sea Is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng (editors)
Library Hungry The Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
A Library Mama The Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
Olduvai Reads The Shadowed Sun N.K. Jemisin
Regular Rumination The Shadowed Sun N.K. Jemisin
Shelf Love The Sound of Waves Yukio Mishima
Musings of a Bookish Kitty The Space Between Us Thrity Umrigar
Another Day In Paradise The Steampowered Globe Rosemary Lim (editor)
Literary Lindsey The Story Hour Thrity Umrigar
Olduvai Reads The Strange Library Haruki Murakami
Lady Business The Summer Prince Alaya Dawn Johnson
Howling Frog Books The Thing Around Your Neck Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Finding Wonderland The Toymaker's Apprentice Sherri L. Smith
Olduvai Reads The Traitor in the Tunnel Y.S. Lee
tuulenhaiven The True History of Paradise Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Stefani Cox The Turner House Angela Flournoy
She Reads Novels The Twentieth Wife Indu Sundaresan
TBR 313 The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra Vaseem Khan
Me You and Books The Upstairs Wife Rafia Zakaria
Susan Hated Literature The Way of Thorn and Thunder Daniel Heath Justice
Sleepless Reader The Whale Rider Witi Ihimaera
Joyfully Retired Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Booking It Their Eyes Were Watching God  Zora Neale Hurston
Joyfully Retired This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration Jacqueline Woodson
omphaloskepsis This One Summer Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
Estella's Revenge This One Summer Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
Book Girl of M-y-C Thorn Intisar Khanani
Earl Grey Editing Thorn Intisar Khanani
sffbookreview Thorn Intisar Khanani
In the Forest of Stories Thorn Intisar Khanani
Finding Wonderland Thorn Intisar Khanani
Based on a True Story Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
The Illustrated Page Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
Tiny Library Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
A Striped Armchair Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
BookLust Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
The Englishist To All the Boys I've Loved Before Jenny Han
Olduvai Reads Together Tea Marjan Kamali
Wandering in the Stacks Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northrup
Beth Fish Reads Under the Udala Trees Chinelo Okparanta
Susie Bookworm Utopia Ahmed Khaled Towfik
Buried In Print Wandering Son Shimura Takako
Based on a True Story We See A Different Frontier  Various Authors
Literary Lindsey We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Reading the End We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves When Fox Was a Thousand Larissa Lao
Musings of a Bookish Kitty When Gorilla Goes Walking Nikki Grimes
I Make Up Worlds Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin 
Create Your World White is for Witching Helen Oyeyemi
girlxoxo Who Fears Death Nnedi Orakorfar
Resistance is Futile Who Fears Death Nnedi Orakorfar
A Morose Bookshelf Who Fears Death Nnedi Orakorfar
A Bookish Way of Life Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
Worth Reading It? Wild Child Octavia Butler
The Illustrated Page Wild Seed Octavia Butler
chasing bawa Wild Seed Octavia Butler
Fangs for the Fantasy Wild Seed Octavia Butler
Nisaba Be Praised Wild Seed Octavia Butler
The Literati Press Wild Seed Octavia Butler
Kesabaran Wolf at the Door Joyce Chng
Reading on a Rainy Day Woman at Point Zero Nawal El Saadawi
Dolce Bellezza Woman in the Dunes Kobo Abe
Beta Librarian Yes, Chef Marcus Samuelson
Me, You, and Books Zahrah the Windseeker Nnedi Okorafor
Biscuits In, Writing Out Zahrah the Windseeker Nnedi Okorafor
L. Lambert Lawson Zahrah the Windseeker Nnedi Okorafor
The Illustrated Page Zero Sum Game S.L. Huang
Olduvai Reads Zone One Colson Whitehead
Keep It Wordy Zone One Colson Whitehead
Resistance is Futile Zone One Colson Whitehead

4 comments:

  1. Hi -- Although you are not accepting books for review currently, I hope you will add these reviews to the A More Diverse Universe list. The book is "Talking Back: Voices of Color," an anthology edited by Nellie Wong. At the Black Feminist Manifesto: http://blackfeministmanifesto.tumblr.com/post/119409550665/new-anthology-by-feminists-of-color and at Baret News Wire and affiliated press: http://baretnewswire.org/talking-back-voices-of-color/

    Thanks for keeping this list!

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  2. This is a wonderful list, Aarti, and #Diversiverse helps so much with building a poc literature archive!
    Small correction, the first title I reviewed is called "Also by Mail" and the author's name is Olumide Popoola (entry 19 from the top).

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    1. Thank you for that! My text to columns in Excel was bamboozled by the word "by" in that title :-) It also gets confused by dashes in last names.

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    2. Oh yes, Excel and words :D Thanks for correcting it!

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