#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Memoirs and Mental Health

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First of all, thank you so much to Fadwa for having me on her fantastic blog – it really means the world to me to be able to write on her platform.

A note: there are trigger warnings for suicidal thoughts in this post. Continue reading

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Unknown Identities Should be Normalized – and Not Ostracized

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Before I start this post, I want to make something clear: this was very hard for me to write. It’s a personal issue I have, and something I care about immensely, but also something that no one else seems to be concerned or aware about (or, at least, no one I follow talks about). This post is coming from an #OwnVoices perspective, but maybe #OwnVoices doesn’t precisely apply here. Does it? Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Representations in books and medias, or the one thing I’m craving

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When Fadwa asked me a few months ago if I wanted to be part of this amazing project she had created — #DIVERSEBOOKBLOGGERSDISCUSS — I freaked out. At first I was scared I wouldn’t be able to write something I’m proud of or something that Fadwa would like reading (Fadwa: I really really love this post, so no complaints on my end), this was really what I was the most scared of. Then I was scared people would think I’m not legitimate enough to talk about the subject I’m discussing in today’s post, but my best friend reminded me that my voice matters. So here I am. Continue reading

#Diversebookbloggersdiscuss – Enough

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When most people look at me, they see someone who’s East Asian who likes t-shirts and sweaters; Someone who doesn’t wear makeup and who’s acne never fully went away. And while all those things are true, there’s also a lot you don’t know about me. You might assume I speak a second language fluently because I learned it at home. You may assume I love rice. You might assume my parents’ are East Asian. But you’d be right on only one of those accounts. The only thing true about the three statements above is that I love rice. I do speak a second language, but not because I learned it at home. I studied it in college. And my parents’ aren’t East Asian, in fact, my mom is white and she’s a single-mom. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : Fat Characters Mariam is Excited for

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It’s a great honor to be featured on the blog of the person who literally was the reason I created mine. I began blogging and reviewing seriously because Fadwa inspired me. I would not have half of my confidence if it wasn’t for her and many others in this community. (Fadwa’s note: I had tears in my eyes when I read this. It means the world to me.)

It’s no surprise I’ll be talking about fat protagonists in my feature because I’m a proud fatty and I’ve been recently inspired by the cover reveal of a certain book. Continue reading

#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: Genie Lo and the Importance of Representation

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Hello guys !

Recently I picked up F. C. Yee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and had a blast. It was full of humor, action, kick assery, and fluffy romance. However, the thing that really made this something to write home about was the way Yee portrayed Genie Lo and specifically her experiences as an Asian American. Epic Crush is easily one of the best portrayals of the Asian American experience, not only because of the way her life at home was depicted, but the conversations she had with Quentin and later on how that affected her character growth. I’m not sure how spoilery many of the points I talk about will be, but to be safe I’ll give you a spoiler warning. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. Some of the references might go over your head, but hey, Google is your friend. Continue reading

#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: On why I made a Trigger Warnings Database

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Hi everyone!

A few months ago I got the idea of making a trigger warnings master list. I was so fed up with having to look through Goodreads for half an hour in the hope that someone maybe included trigger warnings in their review, or searching through an author’s website hoping they included them there, before I could start a book. Having everything in one place, and having the community contribute to it, seemed like a good idea. Especially because I know quite a few of my friends struggle with the same problem. Continue reading

#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: How ADHD affects my reading

 

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I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 12, but the diagnosis didn’t really surprise me, or my parents. I’ve always been impulsive, overeager, and regularly either hyperfocused or unfocused. I would often tell people “oh yeah, I know how to do this thing,” whether that thing was playing the guitar, swimming, or reading aloud. It often got me into trouble, and embarrassed when it was proven I couldn’t actually do the thing I said I could. Not being able to swim as well as I said I could as a kid meant that I had several very unsafe experiences in the deep end of pools. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: The Book community – My Gateway to books that represent me

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Hello guys !

It’s been almost a year since I realized I’m bisexual. By far, the most supportive people I have found are friends I made in the book community. Granted, not many people in real life know that I’m bi. However, that is because due to what I have seen and heard people say around me, I don’t feel safe coming out in real life. That being said, I am extremely grateful for the book community and friends I have found. If it weren’t for all the amazing people I have met online, I wouldn’t have known about so many wonderful books with bi characters in them. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Seeking a Home – A Call for Adoption Narratives in Fiction

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Salutations dear readers!

Before I get started on my topic, thank you again to the lovely Fadwa for hosting me, I wanted to talk a little about myself. Just to give you some background information that I don’t even know if I’ve shared on my own blog. Talk about exclusive. I was adopted from China when I was young, like five months young, and grew up in the United States until I eventually came to Germany to do my Masters. So that being said, I want to talk today about a hole I still find in diverse YA/all fiction: adopted main characters. Continue reading