Read Diverse Books Year-Round September

Read Diverse Books Year-Round – Latinx Heritage Month Edition

Read Diverse Books Year-Round returns a little later than usual this month because I wanted to time it with Latinx Heritage Month, which kicks off tomorrow, September 15th. It’s going to be very exciting and busy month for me and my blog, but I can’t wait to celebrate with a month’s worth of content!

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Q&A With Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Author Of “Certain Dark Things”

October is almost upon us, which means many of you will soon be in the mood for spooky and dark reads. Well, I’ve got the perfect book for you! Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s upcoming novel, Certain Dark Things, will release on October 25th. Just in time for Halloween!

Today, the author of this exciting paranormal thriller is here to answer a few questions. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous book cover, then read the book synopsis and tell me you’re not intrigued!

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The Alien Consciousness of “Latin@ Rising”

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy is slated for release on February 1, 2017 through the San Antonio publisher Wings Press. The book, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, will be the first collection to give attention to the unique work of Latino/a speculative fiction writers and to serve their growing audience. The anthology attempts to be somewhat representative of speculative fiction, and so it is broad in scope and diverse in terms of authors and kinds of stories. The book contains authors who have been important to the development of Latino/a speculative fiction, such as Ernest Hogan, Junot Díaz, Daína Chaviano, and Ana Castillo, and it contains authors who are relatively new such as Alejandra Sanchez and Richie Narvaez

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What I’ve Taken Away From Talented LatinX Authors

A warning: you have probably already read the books in this list. They are brilliant. However, sometimes the baggage we the reader bring to a work of fiction can be just as fun as the actual written prose. Or, at the very least, our flawed perceptions when devouring a great work of fiction are embarrassing and amusing in equal measure. That’s kinda why book clubs in person and/or subreddits are so much fun.

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Guest Review: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend to everyone. (How often do you get to say that?) It’s a middle-grade novel, published in 2000, and it won the Pura Belpré award, which is the award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. (From the ALA website: The award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.) This engaging, warm-hearted novel not only made me feel, it made me think, opening my eyes to a chapter of American history I’d regretfully never been aware of.

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A Q&A With Poet , Editor, And Activist Emanuel Xavier

Last week, I reviewed Radiance, a stellar book of poems by Emanuel Xavier.

To continue celebrating Latinx voices during Latinx Heritage Month, I wanted to follow up my review with a Q&A with the writer himself. I’m thrilled to have him on the blog today, as he recommends other poets we should be reading and compares life as a writer in 2016 to the late 90s.

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Review – Radiance: Poems by Emanuel Xavier

I decided to read Radiance because poetry is the literary genre that I have neglected to explore most, even more than nonfiction. So I figured a good way to conquer this long-standing aversion to reading poetry would be to create a reading list to start off and adhere to it stubbornly. Radiance jumped to the top of the list because it is an #ownvoices collection of poems by an openly gay Latino. But also because it is a slim collection and a perfect starting point for poetry novices!

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20+ Books To Read During AND After Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off today! I’m so excited to share a month’s worth of content with you all. I will have guest posts, author Q&As, bibliography spotlights, reviews, and giveaways! Don’t be alarmed, I will not be posting something new every day. My goal is to provide 3 posts per week, so I encourage you to stop by weekly to stay caught up.

I am grateful to the bloggers and the authors who collaborated with me to make this happen. With your help, my celebration of Latinx voices and stories has been amplified exponentially.

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Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafo

Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor #DSFFBookClub

Who Fears Death is not your typical post-apocalyptic, “Chosen One” narrative set in a magical Africa. It’s obviously atypical because in Europe and North America, these kinds of stories simply aren’t published often. That’s not to say that African writers are not writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy prolifically, far from it. It’s just that most western audiences aren’t familiar with such narratives for a variety of reasons, such as lack of easy access to these stories and, in many cases, apathy or rejections of these narratives.

Nnedi Okorafor serves an important role in American SFF because she writes imaginative stories set in a fantastical Africa that many readers seldom get to see elsewhere. One of her more ambitious works is the World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death. It gets tons of credit from me for being original and bold in concept. I have never read a Fantasy novel quite like this.

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Graphic Novels: Mini Reviews (Batch #1)

Before I started book blogging, I didn’t read many graphic novels at all, and especially not comic books. That’s because I was a horrible book snob who only wanted to read literary fiction. Little did I know how limited my reading experiences were!

Fortunately, I created this blog to expand my horizons and actively diversify my reading. The results are that I have read more graphic novels just in the last 8 months than I have in the past several years! I’m so proud of myself and also glad that I got over my stupid and stubborn aversion to reading them. Honestly, they are a so fun to read! They’re also a natural ego booster for a slow reader like myself because even I can finish them quickly.

I plan to periodically provide mini-reviews in small batches because I’m kind of obsessed with reviewing and promoting all the diverse literature I personally read. Below are a few of my favorite recent graphic novels.

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