[Review] The Mothers by Brit Bennett

“The Mothers” are a group of elderly women who frequent Upper Room Chapel, a focal point and social hub for the small town of Oceanside. Their voices frame the narration — they open and close the story — as they gossip about and recount the history of their town. This narrative choice aptly captures what it’s like to live in a socially conservative town, where your business is everyone else’s and judgment is freely doled out. The social dynamics of the community fascinated me and made for a riveting reading experience.

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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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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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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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[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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[Review] The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

I read The Education of Margot Sanchez a few days after hearing the devastating news that Donald Trump had been elected as the next president of the United States. I’m sure the feelings of loss and despair are still fresh in our minds for many of us. I tried distracting myself by reading a good book but nothing was a good enough distraction. I started and put aside three adult literary fiction novels until I came to Lilliam Rivera’s wonderful YA contemporary novel. The Education of Margot Sanchez was the perfect light and fast read with captivating characters and riveting family drama. I devoured the novel in two sittings because it was that good!

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[Guest Post] Writing Relationships As An Ace Author – by Rachel Sharp

Today, I want to welcome author Rachel Sharp to Read Diverse Books. She is a fun and interesting personality on Twitter who’s worth a follow. She also has a new book, Phaethon, out now! It’s an Urban Fantasy/ Tech Fantasy that nerds will love. Please read her guest post below about writing romance and sex scenes as an asexual author and then add her new novel, Phaethon, on Goodreads!

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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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My Lit Box – December Unboxing

Last month, I introduced you all to My Lit Box and essentially gushed about how much I love this book subscription box and how honored I was to promote it on my blog for a few months.

If you’ve never heard of My Lit Box, please visit their website to learn more about it. But in short, it’s a book subscription box that highlights writers of color and aims to take the guesswork out finding quality literature written by marginalized authors. The books will be delivered right at your doorstep along with bookish goodies.

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