The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal post and I’m overdue for a book tag, so I figured I would do two in one with The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag. I’m not sure who started the tag, but I got the idea from Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros. Thanks, Sammie!

I chose this tag specifically because I wanted to further connect with my readers and followers. I don’t want you all to forget that there’s a person behind this blog and that I’m kind of cool but also lame and very relatable. 🙂 Book reviews, reading lists, and Q&As are all great; however, personal posts are just as important in a book blog.

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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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This Weekend I am Reading For 24 out of 48 Hours | #24in48

During the 48 hours that comprise July 23 and July 24 2016, I will be joining the #24in48 readathon. Have you heard about it? Are you joining? If not, really do consider it because huge readathons are great way to meet fellow book dragons and make reading an (even) more social activity as a blogger!

The goal is to attempt to read up to 24 hours in a time period of 48 hours. However, you can devote as much time to reading as you want! It’s very low pressure.

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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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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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Life In Books Tag – Get To Know Me Through My Books

What is life?

Life is much more than our hearts pumping blood through our circulatory system. It’s more than simply breathing and existing. Life is a gift, life is sublime.

Life is so beautiful and complex that…um, that I have no idea what I’m talking about because that’s a difficult question to answer!

All I know is that life is awesome. Especially if books are part of it!!

I want to thank the wonderful and always funny Cinderzena for tagging me to do the Life In Books Tag.

I thought it looked fun, though I’m not sure how these categories are supposed to represent my life…Anyway, I digress. I just want to show off more of my books and take pretty pictures.

Let’s get started!

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How Much Diversity Do You Expect To See When You Enter A Barnes & Noble? Unsurprisingly – Very Little.

This post was inspired by a recent trip to Barnes & Noble. It was right after the end of my book-buying ban, so you can be sure I was eager to buy new books again.

I went into the store hoping to find any of these 5 titles:

Malgudi Days – by R.K. Narayan
Consider – by Kristy Acevedo
Ink – by Sabrina Vourvouilas
The Lost Girl – by Sangu Mandanna
Woman Hollering Creek – by Sandra Cisneros

However, the only author I could find in the shelves was Cisneros, which is expected because she has manged to enter mainstream readership after a long career.

I left the store with only one book in hand and very annoyed that this happened to me yet again. Sometimes, I’m not able to find any of my top choices at all. I do request some of them at their front desk if I really want it, but how many times am I supposed to do this? The next time I visit I invariably want a new book but am unable to find it yet again, which means I must request it yet again. It gets tiring.

Can A Book Blogger Go An Entire Month Without Buying Any Books? I did. This is My Story.

That’s right, everyone. I am not lying; I did not cheat. I genuinely did not “buy” any books for an entire 30 days! You have no idea how incredibly proud I am of myself.

For those who don’t know and need context:

Starting April 1st, I decided to attempt the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge.

I will admit that I wasn’t very successful at reading all the books I had planned due to matters I’d rather not trouble you with.

I did manage to read 6 books in April. It was one of my slower months, but a good one overall.

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White Authors – Fill Your Stories With People Of Color, But Don’t Make Them Your Protagonists

This is a letter for the well-meaning white authors who are considering including people of color in their stories.

If you are a white author who is serious and passionate about writing ethnically diverse characters into your work, please tread carefully. And please refrain from making your protagonists people of color.

I know, you’re probably groaning and thinking “damned if I do, damned if I don’t.”

Yes, it is a fine and tricky line to walk, but white authors should tread carefully, do lots of research, and must have good and honest intentions if they want their work to be taken seriously by people of color. That all goes without saying.

Now, I do want to clarify that my points are aimed specifically at middle-class, white authors who possess both earned and unearned privilege. At the very least, we can all agree that white, straight, cis-gendered authors from middle-class backgrounds (aka the group most likely to get published) have advantages in the publishing industry that people of color don’t — such as dominating the entire industry.

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Harry Potter Tag!

Yes, I’ve been tagged! I want to thank Trang and Lashaan from Bookidote for creating such a fun and beautifully visual Tag.

I want to give full credit to Trang and Lashaan for all the Harry Potter themed images I will be posting. They worked so hard to create these striking visuals and were kind enough to let me use them.

The instructions are simple. There are ten spells from the Harry Potter series that you have to match to the books you’ve read. The only rule is that you cannot use any books from the series.

Let’s get started!

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