Diverse-A-Thon Wrap Up

I started 2017 with a lot of energy and was eager to fly through my TBR. But that energy only lasted a couple of weeks. By the time the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon concluded on January 15th, I was exhausted and my reading definitely slowed down for the next week. But Diverse-A-Thon started on January 22nd and I was once again excited to read all the books! I had set my TBR to 3 books because I really thought the enthusiasm I had when I created it would allow me to meet my goal. However, I underestimated how much the inauguration of the new president (#NotMyPresident) would put a damper on my enthusiasm to do anything.

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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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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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[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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[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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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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Review – The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon

One of the most egregious gaps in my reading history is books written by or about transgender people. In September I finished the fabulous audiobook by Janet Mock, Redefining Realness, and reviewed it a few weeks ago. but before that, nothing. Then in October, I finally got around to reading The Unintentional Time Travel by Everett Maroon, which was recommended to me by a few people and had been praised by one of the co-founders of GayYA.org. The blurb promises an action-packed and exciting adventure with time travel and a complex exploration of gender identity. So I knew I had to read it.

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My Spectacular October Book Haul!

My last book haul post was in early July, during which I hauled 11 books for my birthmonth. I thought 11 books was a lot, but the last few months, my book buying has gotten out of control. I love it!

But none of my 2016 book hauls beat October’s. I hauled 25 books, y’all. 25 books!

I started the month by attending the Texas Teen Book Festival and bought 6 very new and very expensive novels. Then I treated myself for no reason at all to even more books. So I acquired a few more from subscription boxes, sent to me as ARCs, or given as gifts.

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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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