#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

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#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

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

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Hello friends !

So. Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m back with a recommendations post. While trying to figure out what to choose as this month’s “representation” I remembered that for some folks the month is aaaaall about romance and things like that, which is great if you’re into it but if you’ve followed me for a while, you know that this is my third february blogging and I’ve never done anything different to celebrate this date buuuut I figured since a lot of people read romance this month and that f/f relationships are severely overlooked, I decided it’s the perfect time to highlight them. So yeah, for this month, I will be recommending books with female/female relationships.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Releases of 2018: January – June

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So…we’re at the last month of the year and you know what that means? A WHOLE BUNCH OF BOOK LISTS !!! So, for the first one I’m going with my most anticipated releases of the first half of the year because I refuse to choose favourites while there still is a few weeks to go. And I chose to do just the first half of the month for two reasons:

  1. I got 32 books for those 6 months alone.
  2. Most books from the second half don’t have covers yet.

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6 Things Diverse Books added to my Life

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I wanted to save this post for my second blog anniversary in two months which then roughly coincides with my one year anniversary of reading mostly diverse books (around 80-90% of my reading is diverse in one way or another) but then realized I’m gonna be on Hiatus at that time (exams, pray for me) and since next month will be dedicated to all the end of the year posts (I’M SO EXCITED!!!) then this seemed like the right time to just gush about all the things diverse books have added to my life, which are… a lot. Continue reading

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Native/Indigenous Main Characters

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I’m back again with a recommendations post that I quite frankly have been procrastinating for a couple weeks, like everything blogging lately to be honest, I’m just having a hard time doing anything blog related these days because of stress and whatnot but THAT’S NOT THE POINT. The point here is I’m back with a new recommendations post, I had planned a completely different topic for this month but as it was brought to my attention that November is Native American Heritage month, I thought it would be more fitting to come up with a list of books by Native / Indigenous authors and boost those to the best of my capability.

I got most of these books through Weezie @ Weezie’s Whimsical books and the recommendations they bless us with on Twitter so I’d recommend checking their blog out and giving them a follow because they do a lot for the community.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles

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#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

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Book with Anxiety representation

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Hello guys !

A whole month has gone by and it’s time again for a recommendations’ list and this month’s isn’t as extensive as the previous ones and definitely not as extensive as I would’ve wanted it to be. This month’s theme is Books with Anxiety representation because October 10th was Mental Health Awarness and even though I’m a few days late that’s what sparked this post. And while researching for it, aside from the fact that anxiety rep is severely lacking as a whole (which I expected but still surprised me) I came to two realizations:

  1. Anxious POC are almost inexistant in books.
  2. Anxiety in SFF doesn’t exist either.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles. Continue reading

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

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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