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.

Click the image to read the full post.

Lez talk: a collection of black lesbian short fiction, by S. Andrea Allen

Review – Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction

Seeking new reading experiences is what I live for as a reader. I will always find comfort in reading my tried and true favorite genres and narratives, but I also regularly seek stories that are new to me and outside of my lived experience. That’s a major aspect of what I mean when I say “read diverse books.” It means to read books with narratives drastically different than your own and to read them with an open mind and respect.

Click the image to read the full post.

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova | #DSFFBookClub

I’ve wanted to read Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova the moment I knew it existed. Reading the book blurb promised brujas, “Deathday” celebrations, summoning the spirits of dead relatives, and a journey into the Wonderland-esque land of Los Lagos. Once I saw the cover, I was sure I had to read this book. It’s easily in my top 5 favorite covers of 2016. As for the story itself – did it live up to the hype and lofty expectations I created for it? Not quite, but it was still a hell of a fun ride.

Click the image to read the full review.

Graphic Novels: Mini Reviews (Batch #1)

Before I started book blogging, I didn’t read many graphic novels at all, and especially not comic books. That’s because I was a horrible book snob who only wanted to read literary fiction. Little did I know how limited my reading experiences were!

Fortunately, I created this blog to expand my horizons and actively diversify my reading. The results are that I have read more graphic novels just in the last 8 months than I have in the past several years! I’m so proud of myself and also glad that I got over my stupid and stubborn aversion to reading them. Honestly, they are a so fun to read! They’re also a natural ego booster for a slow reader like myself because even I can finish them quickly.

I plan to periodically provide mini-reviews in small batches because I’m kind of obsessed with reviewing and promoting all the diverse literature I personally read. Below are a few of my favorite recent graphic novels.

Click the image to read the full post.

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.

Click the image to read the full review.

Review: Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Earlier in this year, author Mia Siegert wrote a guest post during the blog tour of her debut novel, Jerkbait. She talked about the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in YA literature and its ability to educate young readers and prevent bullying and hostility for gay, lesbian, and transgender youth.

Click the image to read the pull review.

8 Reasons Why You Will Love Juliet Takes a Breath

Reading Juliet Takes a Breath was one of the most positive, transformative, illuminating experiences I’ve had this year. It’s certainly my favorite 2016 release, by far.

A novel hasn’t resonated with me this profoundly in a long time. The last book that elicited a similar reaction from me was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. But Juliet Takes a Breath is on an entirely different level. While I do appreciate literature about experiences foreign to my own, representative literature that serves as a mirror to my own life is spiritually fulfilling, so to speak. That’s exactly how I felt after closing this book. My essence, my aura, my self — they were all satiated and happy.

Click the image to read the full post.

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.

Click the image to read the full post.

Review: A Safe Place With You by César L. Baquerizo

At Read Diverse Books, I focus on lifting voices of as many marginalized groups as possible. I genuinely enjoy this work and will happily do it for as long as I am able. But promoting and uplifting the voices of so many different groups means that sometimes I forget to read the stories that reflect my unique life experiences. In particular, I have neglected to read much gay fiction in 2016.

Reading gay fiction that is written by gay authors has always been my preference, though I sometimes enjoy the stories written by straight authors. But there’s something about LGBTQ+ #ownvoices fiction that resonates with me in particular because I find the voice more authentic, personal, and relatable.

Click the image to read the full review.

Blog Tour: A Guest Post By Mia Siegert, Author Of JERKBAIT

For my very first blog tour, I am thrilled to be hosting debut novelist Mia Siegert. Her new novel, JERKBAIT, is scheduled for an American release on May 10, 2016.

Click on the image to read the full post.