Hello, my name is Nazahet Hernandez. All you have to know about me is that I love reading as much as you do, and that I believe the world would be a more beautiful and kinder place if all the world’s people experienced the joy of reading every day.
This blog exists because I want to encourage all readers to read more diverse books. I want us all to read books written by authors whose roots collectively span the world. Let us not limit our reading experiences to that which is familiar and comfortable. Let us experience the world through the eyes of a young, middle-class Nigerian woman moving to America. Or a woman born during the 18th century on a Jamaican sugar plantation. Or a Mexican-American teenager who befriends a boy who will help him discover the secrets of the universe. Let us read these stories and allow our lives to become richer and our perspective more nuanced because of them.
Read Diverse Books will focus on reviewing and promoting books written by authors of most ethnic and racial backgrounds, except white or European. However, I will make exceptions for white authors who write about people of color or marginalized experiences: LGBT issues or about people with disabilities.
I do not intend to offend anyone by excluding white authors, such reviews will simply be posted elsewhere. My goal for this blog is for it to become a resource for readers who want to read more diverse books but may not know where to look. Representation of people of color in literature is profoundly important to me, so be assured that I will provide honest, frequent, and in-depth reviews.