Reblog: How to Build Diversity Into Your Reading

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Right now, a lot of us are pledging to consciously build in more reads from black authors, as well as books covering all genders, races, religions, disabilities, etc. (which is great!). But, how do we keep up the momentum… forever? (because this is not and can’t just be a trend that comes and goes).

A common myth

Firstly, I wanted to mention something I’ve heard both on Bookstagram and in my personal life, a lot: ‘I just read what I enjoy, I don’t need to consciously look for certain books’.

There are a few reasons why this is wrong:

  1. Books by black authors (for example) or authors from minority groups, are often not widely advertised; it isn’t hard to realise that publishing isn’t really built to support marginalized authors– think about the big names in nearly every genre- I know that for YA fiction, the large majority…

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Stupid Fast – Review

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Published in 2011

Pages: 311

Genre: Young adult

“This could be a dark tale!”

Not necessarily what one would expect to be the first line in a book about puberty and running, this is an apt beginning to an increasingly complex story. Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach, follows a dorky kid living in Bluffton, Wisconsin who one day wakes to find copious amounts of body hair and a natural ability to run faster than anyone else around. This newfound penchant for speed opens up new worlds for Felton as he tries to outrun his familial problems, discover who he is, and court the pretty piano player who lives in his best friend’s house for the summer. Continue reading “Stupid Fast – Review”

Eragon – Review

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Illustrations by John Jude Palencar

Published in 2003

Pages: 503

Genre: Fantasy, young adult

“Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.”

Though it may initially look like a typo because the story focuses on a dragon and the boy who rides her in battle, Eragon by Christopher Paolini actually refers to the book’s main character. A story of swordplay, waiting, meandering, and possible narcolepsy, Eragon fails to deliver on the promise of interesting dragon action and instead finds itself bogged down by indecision and onerous world-building. Buckle into your dragon saddles, kids; this isn’t gonna be pretty. Continue reading “Eragon – Review”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Published in 1999

Pages: 213

Genre: Young adult novel, coming of age story, epistolary

“August 25, 1991

Dear friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.”

It is statements like this that make Charlie, the protagonist and narrator of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a likable and identifiable character. His story is told through a series of letters to an unnamed recipient that describe Charlie’s life during his freshman year of high school. Comprised of difficult subjects and, at times, brutal honesty, Charlie’s letters reveal the difficulty of finding one’s place within the microcosm of high school. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review”