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

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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

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

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

50+ 2020 releases I am excited about

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Hello friends!

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: 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

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Finding the invisible marginalisations?

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What makes me marginalized is invisible. For the most part. That makes it easier for me to “blend” into what people consider to be the norm and be “accepted” by my peers. At least, it would if I wasn’t vocal about what makes me different. But these different types of marginalizations make me realize how little intersectionality there was in publishing as I was growing up, how much it has grown, and what we can hope for in the future. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Biculturalism in YA books – Middle Eastern Indian

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Hey! My name is Fariha, when I first heard about Fadwa hosting #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss I quickly jumped to the opportunity. While I had initially thought of the topic revolving around how much there is a lack of biculturalism in literature. I quickly narrowed it down to what I know best: Identifying as a Middle Eastern Indian and my (our) representation in young adult books. While the term may be misleading, I’m ethnically Indian and I’m also the second generation to be born and raised in Saudi Arabia.   Continue reading

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with main F/F pairings PT. 2

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A year and a half ago, I posted a list on here with some 30+ books with main f/f pairings (linked at the end of the post). And in the time since then, I found myself with so so many books that fall under that category to recommend and debated whether to update the old list or just make an new one so I just settled on making a new one 1/ for easy access and 2/ because a post with almost a 100 books can be pretty tedious because YES, this list of sapphic books I have today is 50 BOOKS LONG. And there are so many more out there that I haven’t included or don’t even know of, and the number of f/f reads out there just waiting for me to discover and/or read them just makes my heart happy. Without further ado, here are the books. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Growing up without diverse books

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This may come as a shock to those who know me now, but when I was little, I despised reading. When I first learned to read, I rarely applied my new skill to anything outside of the classroom.  I did not read for entertainment, and I was primarily drawn to picture books. I thought, “What’s the point? It’s all boring and it takes too much time!”  Continue reading

Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

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Today I’m so very excited to have on the blog the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and that’s none other than Rena Barron, the author of African fantasy KINGDOM OF SOULS. And she’s here today with a post opening up about her journey towards being a published author. And let me tell you, I loved how candid and real this post is, and I’m honored to be sharing it with the rest of you. So enough from me, because that’s NOT what you’re here for and let’s get on with the actual post. Continue reading