Cover Reveal – Spoonful Chronicles by Elen Ghulam

Welcome to my very first cover reveal, everyone!

Today, I’m hosting the cover reveal for Elen Ghulam’s upcoming book, Spoonful Chronicles, which will officially release on April 4th. It’s an #ownvoices novel about an Iraqi woman who seeks to unlock the purpose in her life by recounting everything she has eaten. An intriguing concept with food as a major component of the story? Sounds like recipe for success!

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2016 Book Releases by Native Americans To Read Before And After The Year Ends

This post is in honor of Native American Heritage Month, which runs all the through November. As with Latinx Heritage Month, I want to again stress that months of targeted celebration are important but we should never limit exploration of certain voices and stories to those months.

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My Spectacular October Book Haul!

My last book haul post was in early July, during which I hauled 11 books for my birthmonth. I thought 11 books was a lot, but the last few months, my book buying has gotten out of control. I love it!

But none of my 2016 book hauls beat October’s. I hauled 25 books, y’all. 25 books!

I started the month by attending the Texas Teen Book Festival and bought 6 very new and very expensive novels. Then I treated myself for no reason at all to even more books. So I acquired a few more from subscription boxes, sent to me as ARCs, or given as gifts.

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Read Diverse Books Year-Round November Link-Up

November’s Read Diverse Books Year-Round feature is the penultimate one for the year. I considered continuing it into 2017, but I may do something else entirely. I haven’t decided on what yet, but what I don’t want this feature to feel repetitive. I’ll keep brainstorming and hope to find new and creative ways to encourage people to read widely and diversely.

My last link-up was another successful one, with 45 reviews in total! I want to once again thank all who participated. Keep doing great work and reviewing diverse books!

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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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9 Publishers Who Promote Diversity And Uplift Writers Of Color

We all know that getting published is difficult, but it’s even more so for writers of color, who often have to turn to independent publishers instead of bigger, traditional presses for a variety of reasons. Having less access to resources and industry connections, and being expected to write certain kinds of stories are only a few of the obstacles writers from marginalized backgrounds may face.

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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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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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8 Authors Whose Work I Want To Complete Before I Die

I may be young, but I have big plans for my life as a reader. Huge plans! I expect to live to be at least 90 years old and you can be sure I will be reading until my very last breath.

OK, perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic. But you know how us book bloggers feel about reading…

The “big” plans I’m talking about are life goals I have set for myself. They are long-term plans that show my commitment to authors who have stood out as remarkable in my eyes and have earned my admiration and respect.

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Women Triumph At The 2015 Nebula Awards – Why This Victory Matters.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Science Fiction and Fantasy are genres dominated by straight white men. This has been the norm for decades and not until the 21st century did this dominance get called into question in prominent and visible ways.

Science Fiction and Fantasy as a whole still have a lot of progress to make when it comes to representing women and people of color. Writers of these genres who are not straight white men do exist, but they may experience more obstacles to getting published, and when they do their work may be overlooked because sci-fi and fantasy media coverage is dominated by white men. Especially in literary magazines, where the majority of reviews are written by men about books written by men as well. I won’t even go into how little coverage books written by people color get — it’s too depressing.

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