Read Diverse Books Year-Round (1)

New Feature: Read Diverse Books Year-Round

I hope you’re not tired of me incessantly reminding you how important it is to read the work of marginalized voices. Everything you’ve seen before was me just warming up!

By now, you all know how passionate I am about promoting diverse reading habits for all readers. And by “diverse” I have always meant reading the stories of the world, which is unimaginably rich with variety.

Starting this blog was the first step I took to bring more attention to the stories of marginalized voices. I want to thank every single one of you who has read my reviews, left an encouraging comment, and participated in discussions about the issues that matter to me. I genuinely am grateful for all your support.

Bringing greater visibility to these kinds of stories is very important, but what’s more important is for more people to actually read them.

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Stained by Abda Khan

Stained – by Abda Khan

Reading a novel about the rape of a young woman and how it changes her life irrevocably isn’t easy. Considering that nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped or have experienced attempted sexual assault, reading a novel that explores the subject would be even more difficult. But stories like Stained are an important aspect of the ongoing conversations around sexual assault and rape culture. It’s clear that author Abda Khan cares deeply about this issue and wanted to explore it with the respect and nuance it deserves.

The Improbable RiseOf Paco Jones

The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones by Dominic Carrillo

Do you remember what it was like to be a 13-year-old in 8th grade? Did you breeze through those years without any awkwardness, teasing, or issues with confidence or self-esteem? Probably not –I certainly didn’t. Being 13 was one of the worst years of my life! Perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I sure was awkward and confused. Many of us can relate to this experience, which is why reading a book like The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones is so familiar and immediately relatable.

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What Does The Term Diverse Mean To You-

What Does The Term “Diverse” Mean To You?

The problem with the term “diverse” is that it’s relatively new, complicated, and we’re still trying to nail down what it means precisely and how to use it. I must see the word around the internet dozens of times every day, probably more given the people in my circles. Every morning I see it when I check my blog Read Diverse Books for notifications. But what does the word “diverse” actually mean? Are people using it correctly? Is there even a correct way to use it?

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10 Books That Celebrate Queer Latinx Identity

In Honor of Orlando: 10 Books That Celebrate Queer Latinx Identity

If you logged into Twitter yesterday even for 1 minute or followed the news at all, you heard the tragic news about the mass shooting that happened in Orlando, Florida.

Hearing about the 50 people who were killed and the dozens more who were injured in this senseless act of violence deeply affected me and millions of others. I became emotionally invested in the tragedy and was moved to tears several times throughout the day as new information was revealed. The love and support people showed to the LGBTQ+ community also moved me and showed me a small ray of hope amidst the horror.

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Season of Crimson Blossoms

Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim – Unconcerned With The Western Gaze

Over the last year, I have discovered and read several talented Nigerian writers. It all started with Chimamanda Adichie, who is one of my favorite writers of contemporary literature. I fell in love with her voice and what she had to say about Nigeria and its people and their experiences. She sparked my interest in Nigerian literature and I was hungry for more, so I branched out and read Chinelo Okparanta, Nnedi Okorafor, Chris Abani, and now Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Each of these authors taught me lessons and truths that I couldn’t have found in western stories, and for that I am thankful.

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Diverse SFF Book Club

Love Speculative Fiction? Join The Diverse SFF Book Club!

On May 28, 2016 one of our very own #DiverseBookBloggers, who blogs at Silicon of the Internet, suggested the idea of a diverse science fiction and fantasy book club.

I was immediately on board because speculative fiction has always been my comfort genre. It is the kind of narrative I gravitate towards most naturally due to its limitless possibilities. Science fiction and fantasy have given me countless hours of entertainment and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

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A Safe Place With You.

Review: A Safe Place With You by C├ęsar L. Baquerizo

At Read Diverse Books, I focus on lifting voices of as many marginalized groups as possible. I genuinely enjoy this work and will happily do it for as long as I am able. But promoting and uplifting the voices of so many different groups means that sometimes I forget to read the stories that reflect my unique life experiences. In particular, I have neglected to read much gay fiction in 2016.

Reading gay fiction that is written by gay authors has always been my preference, though I sometimes enjoy the stories written by straight authors. But there’s something about LGBTQ+ #ownvoices fiction that resonates with me in particular because I find the voice more authentic, personal, and relatable.

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Reading R.K. Narayan For the First Time.

Reading R.K. Narayan For The First Time.

I want to begin by apologizing to Deepika for taking so long to read Malgudi Days. The R.K. Narayan readalong was meant to run during the first 2 weeks of May. I won’t make any excuses as to why I took so long, but I did promise to share my thoughts before the end of the month.

Thank you for encouraging me to read R.K. Narayan, Deepka. This was my introduction to his work and it will certainly not be my last. I don’t know why I never came across any of his books, given that he is one of the most well-known and renowned Indian authors. My only excuse is that a single person can’t read all the great books in the world!

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The Diverse Books Tag

The Diverse Books Tag!

Now that I have been around the book blogging community long enough to have established my own platform, I feel it is time to create a book tag!

I generally avoid tags and memes, but I have participated in ones I found particularly interesting and allowed me to show off my book collection. Here are a few examples: Life In Books Tag and the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag.

The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.

If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.

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