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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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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[Review] Deceit And Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua

I’ve read many excellent short story collections and anthologies in 2016, all of them written by people of color or Indigenous people. But Vanessa Hua’s Deceit and Other Possibilities stands out as one of the finest one’s in my collection. One of the things I appreciate about short story collections is the variety that they innately offer and that is especially true in Hua’s stories. Not only are circumstances and scenarios presented in her stories wildly different from each other, there is also great diversity in the backgrounds of the characters around which the stories center.

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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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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.

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Bibliography Spotlight: Lisa M. Bradley

I want to continue my streak of promoting Latinx poets in the book blogging community. So today, Lisa M. Bradley is on the blog and introduces us to her book The Haunted Girl and some of her stunning poems.

The poem titles are linked to pages where they’ve been published, so give them a read when you have the time!

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The Alien Consciousness of “Latin@ Rising”

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy is slated for release on February 1, 2017 through the San Antonio publisher Wings Press. The book, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, will be the first collection to give attention to the unique work of Latino/a speculative fiction writers and to serve their growing audience. The anthology attempts to be somewhat representative of speculative fiction, and so it is broad in scope and diverse in terms of authors and kinds of stories. The book contains authors who have been important to the development of Latino/a speculative fiction, such as Ernest Hogan, Junot Díaz, Daína Chaviano, and Ana Castillo, and it contains authors who are relatively new such as Alejandra Sanchez and Richie Narvaez

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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.

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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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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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