This year, instead of focusing just on reading diverse authors, I’m working on something even harder for me – trying to keep up with writing reviews. I’m linking up my reviews of #ownvoices books at Read Diverse Books. Here’s what I read in January and February this year. Links are to my own reviews where available.
- Sacrifice by Cindy Pon
- Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick
- Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward – I read this on the recommendation of Renay from the Fangirl Happy Hour. It’s a book adapted from a workshop they run aimed at authors who would like to write about people different from themselves without being offensive, and useful for bloggers like me as well.
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – review to come
- Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres – review to come
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – review to come
White Authors, Diverse Characters
- Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I didn’t note in my original review, but this is chock full of diversity of all kinds. Just among the humans, brown is the default human skin color and one of the techs is a Little Person. There are also multiple interspecies as well as same-sex romances.
- The Sunbird by Elizabeth Wein – Part of Wein’s less-well-known Arthurian spin-off series. This is set in medieval Ethiopia, told from the point of view of Telemakos, mixed-race son of Mordred and an Ethiopian princess. Just as suspenseful as you’d expect from the author of Code Name Verity.
- Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie – the final volume in the Imperial Radch trilogy, which began with Ancillary Justice.
- The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton – review to come.
[Updated 1/24/18 to link to reviews written after this post was first published.]
You are doing so well! I may not have set a clear enough intention to post more book reviews because I have had a few gestating in my brain but have not let them out. Next week is spring break, so I’m hoping to bang at least one of them out. So, yes, go you!
Thank you so much, Akilah! That means a lot. Good luck with your review writing, too!
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