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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Book Blitz: The Blazing Star – An Interview With Imani Josey

Have you seen the The Blazing Star around the blogosphere and social media? I hope you have and that it’s already on your radar! If not, let me introduce you to this wonderful book and the terrific Imani Josey.

I’m honored to have the Imani Josey on the blog today for an interview, arranged by the lovely people at Rich In Variety.

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Mini Reviews: Fantasy Novellas Written by Asian Women (Part 1)

These reviews actually include a mix of novellas, short stories, and novelletes, but I only mentioned novellas in the title for simplicity’s sake.

Many of you know that I adore Fantasy, I have since I was a child. But it was not until recently that I started exploring Fantasy written by a more diverse group of writers. And let me tell you what a wonderful and refreshing experience it has been! With a variety of voices comes a greater variety of different narrative styles and the stories they choose to tell.

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Audiobook Giveaway: Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hello, everyone! Today, I have a surprise giveaway.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel Signal To Noise is now available in audio and she’s collaborating with Read Diverse Books to do a very generous giveaway for the audiobook readers out there! Signal To Noise is a critically-acclaimed novel about friendship, family, love, and music all infused with a bit of magic. Two lucky people will win an audio code from Audible.com. Good luck to you all. 🙂

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Q&A With Yi Shun Lai, Author of “Not A Self-Help Book”

Last week I reviewed Yi Shun Lai’s Not A Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu and let me once again recommend it to you all. If you’re a fan of epistolary novels, this book is a must-must read. It has a unique voice and plot, with memorable characters and complex relationships. The mother-daughter relationship is especially complicated and nuanced. If you read and review Not A Self-Help Book, I’d love to know your thoughts on this aspect of the novel. There’s also a good mix of humor and serious moments, with a dose of family drama to top it off. It’s difficult not to find something in this novel that you’ll like!

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[Review] Not A Self-Help Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu – by Yi Shun Lai

I have never read a self-help book myself, at least not all the way through, but I’ve heard that they’re a multi-billion dollar industry just in the U.S. alone. It seems Americans are willing to spend big money on self-improvement or ways to “fix” themselves. I can certainly see the appeal. Who doesn’t want to be the best version of themselves? Some people’s problems run too deep, however, and may need more than a couple of self-help books found in the Barnes & Noble bargain section. Marty Wu is someone with a complicated life who also sees the appeal of self-help books. In fact, this novel itself is a collection of diary entries that were motivated by a self-help book she found in the used-book section of a local bookstore. This book is called “The Language of Paying Attention to YOU,” which has a silly title, but has resonated profoundly with Marty Wu, as she constantly refers to the advice it offers.

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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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A Q&A With Zoraida Córdova, Author Of “Labyrinth Lost”

I reviewed Labyrinth Lost a couple of weeks ago for Latinx Heritage Month. It was such a fun book full of adventure set in a fascinating world, with wonderful Latinx representation and a positive portrayal of a bisexual protagonist. By now, you have surely heard of this book. If not, please read my review and realize that yes, you do in fact want to read it!

Zoraida Córdova was previously on Read Diverse Books for my The Value In Saying Latinx post, and she’s back again for a Q&A about Labyrinth Lost, her favorite authors, stories about witches/brujas she’s loved in the past and more!

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[Book Giveaway] Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s time to get excited because Certain Dark Things releases tomorrow, October 25th, 2016! To help create more buzz around the book, author Silvia Moreno-Garcia is collaborating with Read Diverse Books to host this giveaway.

Certain Dark Things screamed “auto-buy” for me the moment I heard about it. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but it’s also about vampires, which I love, and it’s set in Mexico City! I’m positive the book was tailor-made for me. Expect a review before the year ends!

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Latinx Heritage Month Wrap-Up

Once again, I want to thank all the wonderful and talented authors who collaborated with me to make this month-long celebration of Latinx voices a reality. I had never attempted a project of this scope and am happy with how it turned out. I could have been more organized, but I will focus on the positives instead and look forward to future projects. I hope to make next year’s celebration even better!

For now, here’s a wrap-up post of all the reviews, guest posts, Q&As, and author spotlights featured on my blog throughout Latinx Heritage Month. If you missed any of my posts, now’s your chance to catch up and discover new authors and poets!

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