A Q&A With Nevien Shaabneh, Author Of “Secrets Under The Olive Tree”

Today, I want to introduce you all to Nevien Shaabneh, a Palestinian-American author who we may not often see in the book blogging community, but who certainly deserves our attention. She published her debut novel, Secrets Under The Olive Tree, in 2015 and has been been working on her sophomore novel alongside her activism and teaching.

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[Review] Because Of The Sun – by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Dani Falls has a complicated and fractured relationship with her mother, Ruby, who in her eyes is a not good mother in any regard. In fact, for dozens of pages, Dani often explicitly stated that she hates her mother, hates her because she felt unappreciated, unloved, and ignored by her. By Dani’s account, we are led to believe that Ruby is objectively a selfish and neglectful mother. It is all Dani has known, and because she is the narrator, we are inclined to empathize with her side of the story. Dani believes she knows who her mother really is deep inside, that her ugliest aspects are the real her. But what Dani doesn’t know is that she really doesn’t know her mother at all.

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Books With LGBTQIA Asian Protagonists – #ReadDiverse2017

When I created the original post for #ReadDiverse2017, I promised to provide monthly lists of potential books to read with specific types of representation. I want make specific book lists to make it easier for people to find the books they need. For example, LGBTQIA Asian readers who are seeking fiction with LGBTQIA protagonists can simply Google “Books With LGBTQIA Asian Protagonists” and immediately find what they’re looking for. You won’t be surprised to hear that there are not many book lists dedicated to these specific marginalizations.

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#DiverseAThon Returns January 22nd – Sign Up And Create Your TBRs!

Are you all ready for round 2 of Diverse-A-Thon!? I sure hope so because it returns January 22nd and runs all week through January 29th. Many of us are familiar with Diverse-A-Thon because we participated in the one that happened in Fall 2016. It was created by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney as a reaction to an awful anti-diversity video I’d rather not discuss.’

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My Lit Box – January Unboxing

January will be the last month I do a sponsored unboxing for My Lit Box. I will, of course, keep the service and continue to pay for it because it is a fantastic book subscription box and I don’t have any complaints! In the future, it’s possible that I will do another unboxing post, but only to share the awesome contents inside because I want to.

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Author Elliott Turner Takes On “The Rapid Fire Book Tag”!

Earlier this week, I reviewed Elliott Turner’s debut novel, The Night Of The Virgin. If you didn’t get a chance to read my review, you can do so now. However, the novel won’t release until June 2017, so keep it in the back of your mind and add it on Goodreads for now!

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[ARC Review] The Night Of The Virgin by Elliott Turner

The Night Of The Virgin tells the story of Emmaneul “Manny” Hernandez, a young soccer prodigy living in Texas who one day wants to become a professional soccer player. There’s one big problem, though — he’s undocumented. But his legal status will not crush his dreams entirely. One day, he and his best friend Hector leave their lives in Texas behind and head to California to see what surprises and opportunities life has in store for them there. Over the course of the novel, we will see Manny grow from a brash young man into a loving father, but before he gets from point A to point B Manny will experience many triumphs, failures, mistakes, and regrets.

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[Review] The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

In 2016 I reviewed the Hugo Award winner for Best Novel, The Fifth Season. After a slow and difficult period of adjustment, due to narrative structure and writing style, this epic fantasy blew my socks off and quickly became one of the best books I read that year. It is an ambitious and dense, but incredibly rewarding novel if one invests the time and effort. The Obelisk Gate is a solid sophomore effort that continues the epic saga of this post-apocalyptic story in a way that promises great things for the series finale.

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The Best Books I Read In 2016

According to Goodreads, I read 91 books in 2016 – well above my goal of 75 books. I had started the year with a goal of 50 but quickly realized that I’d surpass that number easily after I started my book blog. 2016 was my best reading year yet! I almost tripled the number of books I read in my previous highest reading years. But 2016 wasn’t a great year for me just in the number of books read, but also in the quality of the books I read.

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Read Diverse 2017 – A Reading And Book Review Challenge For Bloggers!

2016 was an excellent year for diverse books. We saw the release of many great titles that celebrated marginalized perspectives and experiences, as well as several debut and established authors who gained the recognition they deserved. It was not a perfect year by any means, especially outside of the book community. Within the book community we saw much discord and conflict. Many of us had to be louder & more passionate than ever in our support for diversity against a barrage of racist books, authors, bloggers, and the general onslaught of a system that keeps pushing back on our demands for inclusion and equity in the publishing industry.

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[Review] The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf was December’s pick for the Diverse Scifi-Fantasy Book Club. An informal discussion will happen on December 30th – check the #DSFFBookClub hashtag to stay updated!

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Give Short Fiction A Chance! – 12 Diverse Short Story Collections And Anthologies That Will Win You Over

Short Fiction is underappreciated in literary circles and especially in the book blogging community. Many readers are averse to reading short story collections and anthologies because they prefer the continuous, flowing narrative that novels offer. Some are even hesitant to read novellas! Often, reviews for novellas will cite the work’s short length as a downside (I have down this before as well), which is simply unfair to writers of short fiction.

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