Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is caught between two worlds, never quite fitting in anywhere. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in New York, and now lives back in Nigeria. She has albino white skin and hair that make her stand out from her peers and sensitive to the sun. And now, she discovers, she is part of a magical race called Leopard People, but born into a non-magical family. Continue reading “Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor”

Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

As a twin, a ballroom dancer, and a lover of folklore, The Night Tiger drew me in on all fronts. What part of 1930s Malaysia with dance hall girls, superstition, and weretigers doesn’t sound exciting? I fell in love with Yangsze Choo’s writing with her debut work The Ghost Bride (featured in my 2018 Diverse Books post). Her second book, released just yesterday, is no less entrancing.

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Book Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Yesterday, the exciting sequel to The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, which I reviewed last year, was published! In the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, Nahri has completely left the human world behind, now in a loveless marriage with a crown prince of the djinn. Meanwhile, an exiled prince and a resurrected warrior plot to return to the capital of their homeland.

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Diverse Reads of 2018

I started this tradition with one of my first blog posts, highlighting my favorite diverse books that I read in the past year, inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. In 2018, I set the ambitious goal of having 33% of all the books I read represent diverse perspectives. At a grand total of 63 books, 31 of which I categorize as diverse which is 49%, I well surpassed my goal!

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Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

I discovered Rebecca Roanhorse on Twitter through her advocacy in conversations about diverse books, and was very excited to finally read her first full-length novel, Trail of Lightning, which came out this summer. Roanhorse has won a Nebula and Hugo award for short story “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience.” Trail of Lightning tells the story of a Navajo monster-hunter in post-apocalyptic America who must come to terms with her own past and blood lust before she can save her world. It is the first in a series called The Sixth World. Continue reading “Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse”

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is a story for anyone who prefers fictional worlds over the real one, who struggles with social anxiety, family troubles, and adjusting to new experiences. It is a story about Cath, whose mother left when she was little, whose father suffers from mental illness, and who may not be quite ready for all the changes in her life that going off to college will bring. Continue reading “Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Beautifully entwining the folklore of two cultures, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker takes place in turn of the 19th century New York City. Immigrants of different backgrounds pour into the city every day, bringing their customs and magic with them. A gentle golem named Chava and a listless jinni named Ahmad each find themselves unexpectedly in the same part of the world. How long until their paths cross and what will happen when they do? Continue reading “Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker”

Diverse Reads: Mid-Year Check-In 2018

Six months into 2018, I am well on track to meet my reading goal: making sure one third of all books I read this year represent diverse perspectives. For the sake of definitions, that means books that feature religious, racial, differently-abled, gender, or sexual-orientation minorities as major, multi-faceted characters and/or were were written by authors of color. So far, I’ve read 35 books,17 of which (49%! ) meet my diversity criteria. Here are some of my favorites:

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Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Move over, Middle Earth and Westeros—make way for Feng Lu, the epic East Asian-inspired fantasy kingdom of Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. In this first installment of the Rise of the Empress series, beautiful Xifeng chases her destiny through the Great Forest and into the halls of the imperial palace, with all its schemes and machinations, ready to do what it takes to come out on top. The reader soon learns that this may not be the story of a hero, after all, but rather the origin of a villain.

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