Read Diverse Books Year-Round August

Read Diverse Books Year-Round — August Link-Up

By this point, many of you should know the drill.

This is yet another link-up for my Read Diverse Books Year-Round monthly feature! Yes, it’s here to stay. And I have cool things planned for September, so be very excited.

The winner for July’s draw is Brooke @ The Broke Book Bank. Congrats! Check your email and reply back so we can arrange to have whatever book you want shipped out to you. See you next month!

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12 Diverse Nonfiction Books that will Educate and Inspire

12 Diverse Nonfiction Books That Will Educate And Insipire

I don’t read more than 5 nonfiction books in any given year. This has been true for most of my life and it’s not something I’m proud of. I’m not naturally drawn to nonfiction, and the ones that I am drawn to are usually memoirs or are based on social issues, which often lend themselves easily to storytelling.

I can’t say I really understand my general aversion to nonfiction. When I go to a bookstore, I never run to the nonfiction section (does anyone actually do this?). But I have known people who only read nonfiction, and it was simply a matter of personal preference. I’m not going to dwell too much on why I have historically ignored this type of writing. Instead, I want to focus on my goal to actively seek nonfiction that does appeal to me.

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Review- Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone.

Review: Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone

I have always been fascinated by time travel stories, especially ones that feature people of color being sent to the racist past. Novels like Kindred by Octavia Butler and A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott brilliantly illustrate the oppressiveness of institutionalized racism and how modern people are helpless under its weight no matter how brave and strong-willed they may be. These stories are brutally honest about the realities people of color faced before the Civil Rights movement. And they should be! Nothing infuriates me more than when young people, but especially young people of color, idealize 1920s or 1950s in American history. We should never forget how bleak and traumatic those times were for people of color.

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Interview- Lucina Stone, Author of Santa Muerte. (1)

Interview: Lucina Stone, Author of “Santa Muerte”

This week, in anticipation of my review for Santa Muerte on Friday, I interviewed Lucina Stone because she wrote a book that immediately appealed to my interests as a reader. I simply had to know the person behind the story a little better. This book has witches/brujas, strong Latinas, time travel, mysterious realms and magic, as well as positive representation of same-sex parent households. Everything about this book screamed “READ ME.” So I did!

Stay tuned for my in-depth review later this week. In the meantime, read my Q&A with the author.

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The Ballad of Black Tom review

Thoughts: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle | #DSFFBookClub

August’s book of the month for the #DSFFBookClub was The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, which is a direct response and subversion to H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, The Horror at Red Hook. To fully appreciate and understand LaValle’s novella, I think it’s important that one reads Red Hook. However, you will not have any fun while reading it. Not only is Red Hook one of Lovecraft’s least interesting and impressive stories, it’s also one of his most troubling, controversial, and downright racist. It’s not his worst, but it’s still pretty egregiously offensive.

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Personal Lessons I've Learned From 6 Months of Blogging (1)

Personal Lessons I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Blogging

Blogging is incredibly fun and rewarding, but it will stress you out and wreck you if you let it. Over the past 6 months, I’ve had many successes and failures as a blogger and often I have allowed it to get stressful. But more recently, I have learned to grow personally from these experiences, both the negative and the positive. I want to share some of what I’ve learned with you today.

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FairytalesFor Lost Children by Diriye Osman (1)

Review: Fairytales For Lost Children by Diriye Osman

When we discuss Queer literature in the book blogging community, we seldom discuss non-western narratives. There are many reasons why we don’t. It could be because it’s easier to relate to the stories of our own communities and cultures rather than foreign ones. Or it could simply be because non-western stories are difficult to find or aren’t being written at the same rate as western ones, so we just aren’t aware of them. Whatever the reason, I have noticed this glaring omission in the book blogging community and in my own reading. So naturally, I sought books to fill the gaps.

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Black Women As Heroes and Role Models

Black Women As Heroes And Role Models – A Reading List

There are countless books that feature strong, heroic, inspirational, and fearless girls and women. I cannot possibly know them all nor do I claim to. The list I am providing only includes the books I am familiar with personally or ones that have been recommended to me by trusted sources. I must make this clear because I am far from an authority on this topic. But I do want to commend and recommend these incredible works that feature black women and girls as heroes and role models.

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Review- The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Review: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is one of the authors whose work I want to complete before I die. She is a prolific writer with 15 novels — a list that is likely to grow over the years. I must admit that reading 15 novels of a single author is somewhat intimidating, but I am committed to this goal. Thankfully, it is a life-long, long-term goal so I am in no rush to read all her work in only a few years. I’ll enjoy every one of her novels at my leisure and offer them the time and respect they deserve.

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Exploring the works of Indigenous Authors

10 Books In 10 Months – Exploring The Works Of Indigenous Writers

The entire purpose of my blog is to continually remind people that reading diversely is important. My Twitter, my Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads accounts are all dedicated to that purpose. I try to lead by example and am very dedicated. However, my reading history still has some glaring holes and omissions.

Many of the books I read are by people of color who live in American or Europe, some from Canada. While I am very proud of this, I have much room to grow. For example, I have never read any books by Filipino authors or any Southeast Asian authors. I have neglected many countries in Africa, focusing mostly on Nigeria. Essentially, reading more internationally is something I hope to improve upon as a reader. I’m not too worried about it because I have many decades left to read the books of the world.

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