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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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: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel goes on the shelf as my new favorite classic. Written by Hungarian-British Baroness Emmuska Orczy in the early 1900s, the novel contains romance, action, mystery, humor, and grandeur, all with the compelling pacing of the YA novels I devour like candy. The “Scarlet Pimpernel” is the alias of an English Gentleman who works in disguise to save French nobility from their bloody fate during the Reign of Terror, making this one of the first works to establish the trope of a hero with a secret identity.

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