#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Writing a Biracial Identity

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Writing a book is difficult. Try adding in pieces of yourself and the process gets even more complicated.

            I’ve wanted to include a piece of myself in every story. Up until I tackled my first book, it was usually depression or anxiety rep. These were two things I had become so intimately tied to that putting them on the page seemed natural. Continue reading

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: The “Hidden Gems”: Why are F/F romances so hard to find?

Nadia

Representation of the LGBTQ+ community in YA has come a long way since the dark ages. Or since the 2000s, when all we got was J. K. Rowling’s retconning of Dumbledore’s character and a couple of David Levithan’s books hidden away in the teen fiction section of the book store. But sometimes it feels like even when we’re making strides towards better representation of queer individuals, a large part of the community is being left out. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Jewish Book Recommendations

Hannah

For the first seventeen years of my life, the only Jewish rep in books I ever saw were Holocaust books. While I do appreciate the value of such books and I do think it’s an important subject that needs to be written about, it got really frustrating to see the same narrative over and over again. As I am half-Jewish and identify as a cultural Jew,  it’s frustrating to see such a complex identity be reduced to simple terms.

When I finally found books that featured Jewish rep and weren’t Holocaust fiction, it was like a breath of fresh air. I still haven’t read that many but with everyone I read, I feel a catharsis that I didn’t even know I needed. So without further ado, here are some books with Jewish rep that I loved and books with Jewish rep that I can’t wait to read. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : Jew-erasure in Fandom

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It’s amazing how far people will go to erase the Judaism from Jewish characters. In TV, in movies, in books, Jewish representation is a mockery of what Judaism is; it’s assimilated nonsense that has no more Judaism in it than a Muslim character would, or it’s badly written Orthodox characters written by people who have clearly never met an Orthodox person. Within our own narratives, we are excluded or pushed aside for the sake of goyische narratives (that just means non-Jewish, in case you were wondering). We’re seemingly everywhere, and yet we have no room to exist as a complete, complex people – we don’t see ourselves properly as a culture, as a religion, or as a nation. We are left with scraps, but are told that we have everything. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : The Rise of Diversity + Book recommendations

Krisha

Hi Guys! Today , for the first time ever, I am writing a discussion post about a topic I feel strongly about: The rise of diversity in books and the recognition of diverse authors and books and the positive impact it has brought about.

Since last year, I have seen more and more people picking up books by minority authors and giving them the same love and recognition (rightfully deserves) which they would give to a non-POC author. I am Indian and I myself admittedly did not always read a lot of diverse books. I feel bad about it now because being a POC, I should’ve been more aware of such books. I always read the most popular books and hence neglected other lesser known books. But better late than never, I have realized my mistake and hence I am consciously trying to bring a change and support more diverse authors.

This recent surge of diverse books and the appreciation that they’re getting is the happiest thing for me. Usually, we always read a lot about Greek Mythology but not a lot of books with Hindu mythology or Chinese mythology or Malaysian history got a lot of attention. This is not because of the lack of such books but the lack of recognition for them.

When I first read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon I was elated. The protagonist being of Indian descent and the stories, the people and the food made me feel so connected to it. That is when I understood how beautiful diverse books can be in being able to connect the reader to their roots. Since then I have tried and read a lot of such books such as : The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, An Ember in Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, Love, Hate and other filters by Samira Ahmed, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I have many beautiful books on my TBR which I yet have to read which I know are going to super fun and amazing.

One of the biggest advantages of this rise is the appreciation the authors get. Historically, POC have always had it difficult but to be able to see people enjoying their book and learning about the culture and heritage is just amazing. This gives a lot more encouragement to many readers and authors to bring forward their stories. It is also a beautiful feeling as a reader to be able to read about your culture, heritage, people and food especially from a person who understands and appreciates it.

It helps to fight the stereotypes that are surrounding various diverse communities as well and helps everyone to be more sensitive and aware of the different cultures and communities. This is why I urge you all to support more diverse books and authors and shower them with the love and hype they deserve!

You can also participate in the Year of the Asian reading challenge hosted by Shealea, Lily, CW and Vicky in which we are reading books by Asian authors and supporting them. I love this challenge because I can read more Asian books and also support more of South Asian books. There are many book clubs you can join to read more diverse books like: Latinx Book Club, Stars and Sorcery Book Club which reads SFF written by authors of colour, Diverse Divers Book Club.

Thanks to the YARC 2019, I have read some great books recently which are: Jade City by Fonda Lee, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

Although there have been significant progress, we still have a long way to go as even now there are a lot of such communities and identities which are not yet represented and which do not get the same recognition. I hope we get to see a lot of changes and love for diverse authors and books all over.

I have some great diverse books on my TBR which you’ll can check out as well:


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Krisha is an Indian blogger who loves to talk about books and everything related. A lover of diverse books and flowers 🌹🌸

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Our Generational Acquiescence of the White Fantasy

Shri

If you know me at all, you’ve probably been on the receiving end of rants regarding today’s utter monotony, particularly in a racial sense, of the fantasy genre. And if you don’t know me, you’re about to experience the customary spiel. However, as much as I can go on and on critiquing the state of the fantasy genre today and its continuous lack of normalized diversity, I’d like to dig a little deeper and explore why exactly the lack of diversity is so much more evident and so much harder to climb out of when it comes to fantasy in the present day. I believe that if we can pinpoint the underlying roots of the issue, it will become easier to question and subvert a lot of the elements of fantasy we have simply accepted as truth. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Modern Poetry Criticisms

Melissa

Poetry is a beautiful mode of expression. Poetry can capture millions and millions of moments and experiences. Yet, there are those in the poetry community who strive to tell new, contemporary poets what poetry is and is not.

For context, I have been in the poetry community for a very short time, for around 2 years online, but I’ve witnessed a lot of discussions on social media between poets and non-poets about the definition of poetry in the 21st century. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Desi Voices. Desi Stories.

Aradhna

The book community talks a lot about diversity and representation. Whether many of these people walk the walk on reading and asking for more books that are diverse, I can’t say. I can say, however, that even with this year seeming to have more Asian representation, I am finding it hard to be excited that it is the start of a revolution. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Disability Representation in YA

Lilya

Hello!

When Fadwa first posted about wanting to do these guest posts, I jumped at the chance. For a while I’ve wanted to do a post about disability rep in YA books, and how is done well, and how it’s not. But I always worried that my following was too small, or that no one would care about what I had to say. So when I talked to Fadwa about my idea, and she was enthused about it, I felt for once as thought maybe it could matter to people. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Ruby’s Fantasy Book Recommendations

Ruby

Hi there, my name is Ruby and I’m a teen book-blogger, I like to sit in my room all day and, well, read. Oh, and watch endless amounts movies and tv shows. I tend to bury and invest myself in stories, therefore I am usually not here on earth with the real humans… hahah I’m not kidding. Anyways, I wanted to basically give you a list of some fantasy books I love and hope to help a friend out who wants to venture into the genre. Fantasy is literally the best because you can hide away from the real world which is s-c-a-r-y so I hope you find this useful. Continue reading