COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Francesca Flores, author of Diamond City

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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

I’m joined today BY the first (of many) 2020 debut authors I’ll be chatting with all throughout the year, and I couldn’t be happier that’s by Francesca Flores is joining me to chat about her upcoming book DIAMOND CITY and all things gangs and assassins, especially because her book was one of my most anticipated releases. We also managed to squeeze music as well as some other fun books in there because of course, and I really had a lot of fun reading Francesca answers so I hope you will too!

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COLOR THE SHELVES: The Importance of Found Family for Children of Immigrants – by Mike Chen

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I’m so happy to be hosting my first guest post of this series and for it to be on such an amazing topic as the importance of found family for the children of immigrants. Especially one written with so much heart and honesty as the one Mike Chen wrote. I wrote this post a few times already and keep on rereading it or excerpts of it every now and then because of how much I loved it, so I hope you’ll all love it as much as I did and that some of you will be able to see pieces of yourselves in it. Continue reading

My best friend picks my TBR… AGAIN!

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As promised in last week’s post, I am back with another edition of “My Best Friend Picks my TBR”. Here are the original 2019 post as well as the wrap-up for that one. But the gist of it is that Laura basically chose 5 books for me to read throughout the year and I did the same for her. We’re doing the same thing this year, the only difference is that we’re going for 6 books instead of 5. Continue reading

Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2019

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Another year has gone by which means it’s time again for one of my favorite posts to compile, and that’s the end of the year round-up, summary, wrap-up, or whatever you want to call it!! This year was SO WEIRD, because although it started off being one of my greatest years reading and content creating wise (and it objectively still is), the last few months, it all slowly went downhill and I’m not as happy with everything as I was anymore. But OH WELL! It’s okay! Things happen! 2020 is a new year and a good time to strive and hope for better!

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Anna-Marie Mclemore, author of Dark and Deepest Red

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Hello friends and Happy New Year!

And welcome the first ever COLOR THE SHELVES post! I’m so excited to have you all reading this post, and to be sharing the works of so many wonderful Authors of Color who have books coming out in 2020 with you. And for this first post, I’m ecstatic and honored to be hosting one of my favorite authors ever, Anna-Marie McLemore, who’s here to talk about their upcoming January 2020, release DARK AND DEEPEST RED, the inspiration behind it as well as other fun things! I will be keeping this introduction short, because I’m sure you’re way more interested in what they have to say, so I hope you enjoy and stay on board for the rest of my weekly Color the Shelves posts! Continue reading

Did I like the books my best friend chose for me?

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Around the start of this year (2019), my best friend, Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks, and I had given each other 5 books to read during the year, in this post here, to 1/ force the other one to read our favourite books and 2/ see if we know each other’s taste in books well enough. So the year has come and gone (seriously, wtf?) and I’m here today to wrap it up and let y’all how good/bad Laura fared. If you’re curious to know how *I* did on Laura’s TBR, you can check out her wrap-up here. Continue reading

23. Reflecting on a transformative year.

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Another year has come and gone and it’s my birthday again. And this year has surprisingly been…good? At least the second half of it. The first half was an extension of last year so we don’t know her. And to be frank, last year’s birthday post was so depressing that I do not want to focus on the negatives of this year too. I, instead, want to celebrate myself and the long long way I came compared to where I was last year. Continue reading

50+ 2020 releases I am excited about

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It’s finally that time again! The time I both love and hate! Love because I GET TO SHARE BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT FOR WITH YOU!!! And hate because the formatting of these posts is the bane of my existence. So yes, here were are today, gathered to share my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020, and let me tell you, there are so many brilliant sounding books coming that I just know already that I won’t be able to read half of them, let alone all of them. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Why representation matters to me

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There’s nothing like the feeling of reading a book that you simply just can’t put down. The thrill, adrenaline, and captivation are some of the major ingredients of what makes a book so difficult to put down; but one major aspect that is gradually making more of a prominent presence in the book and writing community is diverse representation. Below I’ve listed the books that I am personally so thankful that exist because I felt represented in them!
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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Bridging the Gap – A Letter to 15-Year-Old Me on Adoption

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Many thanks, first off, to Fadwa for hosting this amazing series! If you don’t know me, I’m Sara, and I blog over at Lyrical Reads, bookstagram over at @lyrical.reads, and occasionally tweet over at @lyricalreads. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss!

When I first showed interest in participating in the #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss series, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to write about. I definitely knew that I wanted to write about something on international adoption (particularly Chinese adoption) because I was adopted when I was 11-months-old. However, I needed an angle, and I needed books I could talk about. Fortunately, I found the books (not that many, though), one which I just finished a few days ago, and the angle found its way to me not too long afterwards.  Continue reading