LWIBooks (and the week before, and the week before that): February 5, 2017

I’ve fallen behind!

The first week I skipped LWIBooks was because I was at a library conference when I would usually be writing it. I did get some writing done, but that was mostly for Kissing Books and several thousand words I was inspired to write after a freak incident in my hotel room that will never see the light of day.

Then, I decided to pick up LWIBooks the next week, also talking about the library conference, but I got distracted by…something?

So now, I have three weeks to cover, and it’s going to be a fast one, because I’ve definitely picked up after several weeks of slumpy-ness.

Books Completed

Oh man, did i finish some awesomeness. I also walked away from a book that was totally not happening, only to find redemption in a book with similar tropes that were addressed in a much better packaged way.

27248383First Position, Melissa Brayden

An adorable lesbian romance about ballerinas. BALLERINAS.

PerfectCecelia Ahern

I picked this up at ALA on the last day and might have started reading it on the exhibit floor. I finished it on the flight home. Some people have their hesitations about Flawed, but I was instantly drawn in to both books in the duology.

Let it ShineAlyssa Cole

The Juneteenth anthology has been sitting on my kindle forever. I started the first book and kind of stalled, so I hadn’t made it to this, the last story. I went to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights while I was in Atlanta,29522514 and just needed to read this when I was done with Perfect. They actually kind of went well together.

Size Matters, Alison Bliss (DNF)

I have been on a fat heroine kick lately, and this one was one I’d seen at the library and been drawn to because of the cover. If it had been an amazingly well written book that featured a heroine with super super self-esteem issues, I might have moved forward. If it had been a less-badly-written book about a heroine with self-esteem issues and a guy who wasn’t a constant victim of foot-in-mouth disease, I might have moved forward. Honestly, I was all for seeing where the story went until the hero, having offered to drive the heroine home the first night they met, discovered he couldn’t wake her up to get directions, took her to his home instead, and then took her dress off while she was still unconscious. Sure, he slept on the couch, but it doesn’t matter. You don’t do that.

Whoops. That was a lot.

Beast, Pepper Pace

This book was less-than-stellarly written, but I loved it anyway. The characters are both cinnamon rolls I want to hug and keep in my pocket and they have some serious body issues between the two of them. But they also know how to love the right fucking way. There are other real-life things that are addressed in the book relatively well, but it all ends happily.

30166695Breathless, Beverly Jenkins

Bev can do no wrong. That is all.

This Song is (Not) for You, Laura Nowlin

I saw this book on one of the ALA book lists (Stonewall? Rainbow? Can’t remember) and knew I needed to read it. There are two teens who won’t admit they’re in love with each other and then in walks a third who doesn’t feel sexual attraction towards anyone but really comes to love these other two people. Yeah, you know I was all over that.

The Lawrence Browne Affair, Cat Sebastian

Soldier’s Scoundrel sequel starring the dashing young Georgie? Yes. Please. Also, our Mad Earl isn’t mad at all, he’s just…sciency. And anxious. And a little agoraphobic? Okay, maybe a lot agoraphobic. Still adorable as hell. And there’s 30226770totally a scene that came right out of Beauty and the Beast.

TreasureRebekah Weatherspoon

Precious baby butch falls for stripper and then runs into her in comp-sci. Adorbs. And at 103 pages, I didn’t even feel like it was too short.

If The Dress Fits, Carla de Guzman

Oh man, this book. I want to marry this book. I will correct its grammar every once in awhile and maybe throw out a fact that it got wrong, but I will love, honor, and cherish this book for all the days of my life.

Still Working

Goddammit, I’m still working on The Perfect Play. To be fair, I haven’t picked it up really since the last time I talked about it, but it’s going to make perfect game-day reading. It will probably be in place of the Super Bowl, if I’m honest. I feel no inclination to turn it on while hubs is at work, and I can watch the halftime show tomorrow.

I’m also still working on Joyride. I picked it up to finish yesterday and ended up finishing two ebooks I’d started and set aside instead.

I’ve abandoned the other football books I started. I’ll try to read them again eventually.

Picking Up Soon

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t given up on Hidden Figures. Not because I don’t have it sitting right there on my bookshelf, but because I’ve been more interested in the fluffy happy stuff recently (I wonder why). Otherwise, I have no idea where I’m going bookwise in the near future. I borrowed Dangerous Curves Ahead from the library and might read it, or I might just take it back and find something on my TBR shelves, which are sinking into the floor with things I want to read. (And unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, I still want to read them all; my last weeding was a few weeks ago and I only pulled out five or six things.)

What are you reading? What have you enjoyed recently? I’ve managed to add a few things to my Read Harder list, but I’m kind of falling behind.


LWIBooks: January 16, 2017

Last week sucked for me, reading wise. I worked on a couple books but didn’t finish much—though what I did finish was pretty darn great. I saw a few movies and reestablished a few head canons, discovered something I want in book form, and got stuck in a Read Harder rut.

I went to the movies twice this past weekend, and watched a movie that hubs saw without me but knew I would want to see. That movie? The Accountant. And now I want a romance featuring someone modeled off of Chris getting a HEA. Is that too much to ask?

I also saw A Monster Callswhich, jeez. I remember why I didn’t get far in the book. But the movie was beautiful and heartbreaking and incredibly well done and acted—though now we know Sigourney Weaver’s weakness: British.

That same day, I saw Singin’ in the Rain for the first time in a theater, and the spectacle is just magnificent on a big screen. If you’ve got the time and the chance to see it when it plays again on Wednesday, take it. I’ve seen bits and pieces in the past few years but it’s been awhile since I’ve watched it all the way through, and boy, is that OT3 there. I thought it was just me when I was younger, but that was before I discovered fanfiction; and the last time I looked on AO3, there was nothing there. Well, now there is, and over the past 24 hours I’ve read nearly all of it. (I will probably write more thoroughly on this after I’m done.)

Okay, on to books. The reason for this post:

Books Completed

26114524The Only Thing Worse than Me is YouLily Anderson

love Much Ado About NothingLike, probably more than I do Pride and PrejudiceSo when I realized in the first chapter that this was going to be a YA retelling (because that was left out of the blurb! Who leaves that out of the blurb?!) I became even more excited about what this book would be. It had already drawn me in with supernerds who were also super geeky. The snappy dialogue and excellent transference of the plot—while still making it different enough that you weren’t sure how things would go down—won this one for me, and I am eagerly awaiting Anderson’s second book (THIS WAS HER DEBUT, WHAT, AND SHE’S A LIBRARIAN, WHAT) that’s based on The Importance of Being Earnest. If she writes a YA version of Design For Living, she will go down in history as my absolute favorite person putting words together on the planet.

Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds, Kris T. Bethke

This was a cute little novella that was the perfect length to read while twisting my hair on Saturday. Will, a young professional, is drawn out to a meeting at the PFLAG chapter his mother started. She wants him to hear a speech by Joshua, who owns a bakery. Diminutive Will is not usually attracted to big, hairy men, but something about Joshua draws him in. The writing is a bit juvenile sometimes, but it touches on some great things, particularly supportive families and body image in men.

Under Rose Tainted Skies, Louise Gornall

I DNFd this book. I was sad to; the narrator, Norah, is an awesome person and her love interest sounds cute, if troubled. Norah’s mother is great, and the other people that I encountered in the 40 or so pages I read before I stopped were very interestingly written. But Norah has Agoraphobia and Severe Anxiety Disorder, and she is very well written. I’ve been pretty high on the Empath scale this week, and her very extreme anxiety was making my (much lower scale) anxiety and neurosis much more palpable. I actually spoke the words “you know I like having the bedroom door open so I can hear if someone breaks in while we’re sleeping.” Not that it’s ever happened, or that there is a high chance of it happening, but my usual “is the door locked?” followed by my checking three or four times before being able to sleep, wasn’t enough. (This is not the full extent of how anxious this book made me, just an example.)

Still Working

8341567Running InterferenceElley Arden

I don’t know if there’s something about the writing or my reluctance to read second-chance stories, but this one is slow going. I was really excited about the prospect to read about a world in which a women’s professional football league existed, but the other stuff is not making me anxious to pick it back up.

Getting InsideSerena Bell

Okay, maybe what’s really going on is that there’s too much football in my life right now.

The Perfect Play, Jaci Burton

Or maybe not because I was going at this one like gangbusters until I got distracted by Don, Cosmo and Kathy. (Also, see that cover? I bought that one in print.)

Picking Up Soon

30251383Hidden FiguresMargot Lee Shetterly

 I haven’t forgotten about this one, but I’ve been out of the nonfiction mood.

Joyride, Jackson Lanzing et al

I need to get back into comics. This one looks hella fun.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2, Amy Reeder et al

Luella is my must-buy trade girl. I can’t wait to sit down and savor it.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Angela Carter

I’m doing a group read of this with some of the folks at WWAC, and I finally got it from the library. I think I’m really only going to do one at a time, so I had better get started!


Also, because this is going to be available this week!


And now I’m going to go finish reading all that magical fanfiction and get lost in the Tucson Festival of Books panel schedule. Sweet Christmas.

LWIBooks: January 9, 2017

Last week was the first of January. I made some good progress in reading, discovered some things, and saw a movie that pushed a book up my list.

Books Completed

An Unseen Attraction, KJ Charles

Actually, I finished this one in December but never posted about it. This one comes out in February and I can’t wait for more people to be talking about it. I continue to play into the hands of non-male, potentially non-queer authors writing M/M romance but hers are just SO GOOD. And this one is no different, with Clem being darling, Indian, and cognitively disabled/neurodiverse in the middle of Victorian England. Also this one sets up the scene for a series that takes place during the Great London Fog and that is one of those phenomena that I’m fascinated by.

Roller GirlVanessa North

This book covers two slots in the Read Harder challenge: LGBTQ+ romance and book about sports. I’ll still be reading other books in both of those categories, but I wanted to get this one read because I’d seen it around a lot.

The Hating GameSally Thorne

I’ll tell you a secret: I picked this book up immediately when I saw it…on the ARC cart…months before it came out. And then I never read it. Why did I never read it? It was so much fun. Also, this one covers a Read Harder category: Sally Thorne’s debut novel.

Beauty and the Wiener, Casey Griffin

It was cute, but it wasn’t as cute as the first one. Ah well.

Insert Groom Here, KM Jackson

The hype for this one (including the blurbs on the book cover) made it seem like it was going to be much funnier than it actually was, but I still enjoyed reading it. If only I hadn’t spent half the book trying to figure out Aidan’s racial ambiguousness…

Currently Reading

Getting InsideSerena Bell

I’m intrigued by the premise of the first female coach in the fictional pro league and the player she has to deal with, but so far it’s been pretty putdownable.

Ashes, Laurie Halse Anderson

I picked this one up back in December and haven’t picked it up for awhile; maybe it will be one of my books for next week.

Picking Up Soon

Under Rose-Tainted SkiesLouise Gornoll

I got this one from Netgalley quite a while ago and its release date is coming up. No recollection what it’s about but I remember being really interested.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is YouLily Anderson

Once again, I’m going to try to read my physical TBR from the beginning, and in my case that means alphabetically.

Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shatterly

Except I really need to get on this one. I’ve had it for months and had planned on making it through before I saw the movie, which I saw Saturday night.

Ah well.

Also, just because I just found it, I’m going to be watching this trailer over and over.

What’s been on your radar recently?

Reading in 2017: A Promise to Myself

Here it is. A new year. That time we sit down to say “this time it will be different. This time will be different.”

Well, I suck at that. Especially when it comes to books.

So beyond using the long weekend to get my TBR corner back in order, I’m not going to make resolutions.

I’m going to make a promise to myself that I will keep it moving.

I’ll keep doing what I have been, and see what happens.

What does that mean?

I’ll keep being a discerning book buyer. I gave up on moratoriums and bans. Restricting myself from buying books is like taking me off sugar. It might happen for a few days, and then I’ll sit down and eat a whole pack of Oreos. Yes, I do occasionally fall prey to Book Outlet box sales, but I’m still not going to buy a book I’m only peripherally interested in.

I’ll make a real attempt at Read My Own Damn Books. Do you know about the “You Do You Reading Effort” Andi started last year? Libib says I have 392 physical books on my TBR (which is a bit give and take because I haven’t moved things out of it—but I also haven’t felt like manually adding ARCs, so who knows) and there are 497 books in my kindle. Let’s take out about 150 (I think I’ve probably read that many). That’s a hell of a lot of books. Jesus Christ.

I’m gonna read as many of them this year as I can. There are still a few books I might find myself immediately in the mood for from the library (for instance, KM Jackson’s Insert Groom Here is currently on hold for me because that sounded like something I wanted to read right fucking now). The numbers will continue to grow, because, like I said, I am not going to stop buying them. But I’m going to try to start actually reading them.

I’m going to really try to complete the Read Harder Challenge. almost made it last year. I only got halfway through Frankenstein, my horror novel, because I just started too late in the year. It’s not a sit-down-and-read kind of book; it’s a take your time, stop when you’re bored, and come back when you’re interested again kind of book. I stalled in Megan Kimble’s Unprocessed pretty early in the year, but never actually got around to trying another food memoir. And I never did get to a book about religion. I think one of the books I’d potentially suggested as being set in the Middle East was also about religion, but then I sadly abandoned that one as well.

In preparation of this year’s, I’ve already planned for most of the categories with my own books, and seen where there are holes I’ll need to fill. There are a surprising few. And since I’ve touched every physical book I own this weekend, I discovered a few more that I’d since forgotten about. I think the only thing I really haven’t figured out is the travel memoir. I look forward to that discovery, when I find one.

23492771I’m going to finish my Project Books. I picked out two nonfiction books to definitely read this year, instead of trying them out and then putting them back on the shelf. I probably would have picked up Kelly Jensen’s Here We Are anyway (probably at Tucson Festival of Books when I get to meet her, yay!) but it came in a Collection Development box the other day and I’m going to savor it quickly so it can go back. But Lillian Faderman’s The Gay Revolution, which is over 700 pages, is one I only discovered because of TFOB (the festival again! Did I mention I’m the managing editor of the Festival Blog? We start looking at it much earlier than anyone else) but am really interested in. It’s got all the history that I don’t know, and regardless of the heft is (so far) pretty accessible.

I’m going to read more diversely in romance. Me? Need to read more romance? Hah. But really, I have a few go-to types, and if I find new authors in that types, hooray. But if I’m going to be talking about romance twice a month (oh hai, did I mention I’m going to be writing a romancelandia newsletter for Book Riot? Say hello to Kissing Books) then I need to know more about the genres I’ve lost interest in in the past years, like paranormal and suspense. Some of this will happen by reading my own damn books. But I’m also going to be paying even more close attention to what’s coming.

Also, I might finally get that tattoo. This image has stuck with me the longest since I began considering getting a second tattoo (I can only find it on a tee shirt right now):

Find it on Teespring

I have been imagining which direction it would sit on my arm, and how big it would be. I have been imagining what it might look like with music notes interspersed. I have really been thinking about it. And I live in tattoolandia (there’s like…one tattoo shop per square mile in Tucson or something like that) so I could probably get a really good artist to do something with it. I like the tattoo I have, but it was so obviously a decision made by a twenty-year-old. The tattoo set that sat with me the longest before this one included two phrases in german (“Seid umschlungen, Milionen!” and “Bereite dich zu Leben!” from Ode to Joy and Resurrection, respectively) and relying on a tattoo artist to design something dealing with music, so this one is also a little more practical. And just a better idea.


Here’s the thing, though: I suck at keeping promises to myself.

So I’m going to do my best, and be my best, and hope that’s good enough. For my books.



November Wrap-Up: Thanks, I guess?

Oh look, it’s December!

November was an interesting month. I finished a few books, but left many more incomplete or barely started. I spent Thanksgiving and Black Friday putting more words to paper than I had the entire rest of the month; and I was so worn out I couldn’t stick to anything else, really.

I “discovered” a new author, though I own four of her books. I’ve been collecting Courtney Milan’s books for years, but when I went about writing a historical romance series list and realized I couldn’t include hers because I couldn’t explain what made them different, I knew I had to remedy that.

And holy crap.

Not only does the Brothers Sinister series take place in the Victorian era instead of Regency, but her characters are witty and smart and have a much more worldly point of view than our favorite regency dukes and their heroines. Even the necessary duke wishes the aristocracy didn’t exist. Sadly, the second one got caught in my slump, but I don’t plan on abandoning her ever. I’ll make it back soon.

Other highlights from October and November:

The Soldier’s Scoundrel  – One of the nice things about M/M historical romance is the breadth of types you discover. Even in Regency and early Victorian stories, these gentlemen are often middle class and lower gentry. It’s refreshing.

Princess Princess Ever After – I can only squee. It’s soooooo darling and wonderful. If only there had been more of it. There needs to be a grown up version.

Beethoven’s Hair – After several years of meaning to read it (since I did work a floor below where the titled lock of hair lives now) I finally got around to this. It works works as a science book and a biography, as it alternates between describing Beethoven’s life and the story of the lock of hair, which they used to potentially discover the origins of many of his health problems.

The Accidental Movie Star – This one surprised me! It had been sitting in my kindle app for however long and I finally decided to try it out, completely expecting it to be one of those mediocre badly-designed-covered self-pubs that I find myself interested in. But no! I was almost immediately emotionally invested.

Under a Painted Sky – YA friendship-centered historical fiction about a Chinese-American girl and an escaped slave pretending to be boys? Yes, please.

The Midnight Star – This was the final book in the Young Elites trilogy and whoo doggie. Danger ahead.

Keeping Her Secret  – Cute and sweet, and bonus music!

Romancing the Inventor (with bonus review on Women Write About Comics!)

Goldie Vance – I haven’t been reading a lot of comics recently, but I’m glad I picked up this one.

Inferno – Once I discovered they’d continued the Robert Langdon film series, I realized I probably needed to read this. I had hate quit The Lost Symbol about 150 pages in, but it doesn’t seem to matter for continuing with the series. And Inferno was the book that brought me back into Dan Brown discipleship. Florence, Dante, Mystery, and Unexpected Twist Endings are all things that will make me either hate or love the shit out of a book, and this one managed to get me to go in the direction of the latter. If only the movie had been so kind.

The Boy is Back – This is the one book in Meg Cabot’s trilogy of nostalgia (she put out new adult books in the Princess Diaries universe and the Mediator universe this year, too) that I made it through and enjoyed. It helped that it wasn’t really part of a series; it was a completely new book with new characters, just done in the same tradition as the other Boy books.

Truth or Beard – Surprise book of the year, you guys! The Winston brothers are my new favorites. I am kind of waiting for the series to be done to continue, though. Just in case.

Four Letter Word  – J. Daniels is a new favorite. I was intrigued by the premise of this book: woman calls BFF’s cheater married boyfriend to curse him out and ends up calling the wrong number, and then starts a phone relationship. Talk about a twisted meet-cute, right?

Exit West  – So I was a featured Riverhead Loves Librarians librarian a while ago and a few weeks after that posted, my interviewer told me she’d be sending me something she thought I’d enjoy. Little did she know how much I would, and how I wouldn’t be able to finish a book again for a week.

Matilda  – Until I got to this one! Which I finished in a few hours. It helped me get closer to completing the Read Harder challenge, both as a book published in the decade I was born and a book that was adapted into a movie (I love the narrator of the book, but I like the way they expanded the movie’s plot).

November was also a heavy music month. Tucson Masterworks Chorale did two Austrian Masters concerts, featuring Mozart’s Somemn Vespers and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, which is one of those that I unapologetically geek out about. My favorite movement is one with a million words that I still remember after doing it in 2008 with Symphony Silicon Valley, and I had been jonesing to do it again for years.

Mayhem did our usual second Sunday of the month, and I didn’t completely fail, which is always nice. Also, I found a new wig in the box that I will fight to use in every show. I might have to get my own, but I dunno. It’s a nice wig. Who knows how expensive it’ll be.

But it contributed to an awesome Captain America costume:

photo c/o Tracy Lester

I musically ended November with a Messiah Sing-In, which reminded me that, with the exception of the Hallelujah Chorus and Part Three, I don’t actually know The Messiah. So it was…interesting…to sight-sing all those runs. Someday I’ll be forced to actually learn it and then I will be….UNSTOPPABLE!

Or something.

So yeah, I’ve got a little less to deal with musically this month, but I’m still not ready.

Business as usual.

September is Finally Over

Books read in September: 7
Books started but not completed in September: 10
Books-I-Own completed in September: 3

Oh my GOD, September.

This month was not good for my reading. Part of it was circumstantial: The first three books I read this month were on planes, and therefore read very quickly; otherwise, everything took much longer for me to read, either because I was working on other things (like that initial #blogathon weekend where I made it through writing three posts here), or because I…couldn’t. There were nights I scrolled through Twitter for hours, or watched hours of tv. There were days I read a few dozen pages of multiple books and then just went to bed. I tried to do #diverseathon. I “succeeded”, but not nearly to the extent that I’d planned.

25256386I don’t know what kind of overwhelm I’m going through this month. Part of it, I imagine, has to do with the intensity of the few books I am making it through. Out of Darkness, for instance, is one of those books that is not difficult to read, but is tragic and terrible in its beauty. I only took three or four days to read this, but I didn’t pick up another book for two days after I was done. A whole weekend, gone.

I willingly cleaned the bathroom instead of reading that Saturday. I went at the tub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with one hand and focused on a menial task in the silence, not even an audiobook or Hamilton keeping me company.

Reading such a dark, hopeless book right after finishing Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, the second book in a dark fantasy trilogy that, as many second books do, left me in a place of darkness and uncertainty, was probably not the best idea. But when someone tells you to read it immediately (and you got it from the library and need to give it back soon after) you read it, reset be damned.

Yes, I usually reset after reading something dark and unsettling. It can be the short version of my longer reset post-Out of Darkness with a little tv, a little writing, or some mindless SM time. Or it can be a couple days reading an adorable story with a guaranteed HEA and a promise of witty barbs and clever quips. I made the mistake of not doing that and suffering severe book hangover for the next week.

28450966I did end the month on a happy note, though. Liz Braswell’s As Old As Time, the third book in her Twisted Tales series finally showed up on my holds list on Friday, and I read the whole thing on Saturday. I was not disappointed; in fact, I think even without my much closer connection to Beauty and the Beast, I was more satisfied with the way this book played out than A Whole New World, the first in the series. I still haven’t gotten around to Once Upon A Dream…I have an ARC, which I grabbed after getting crosseyed trying to make it through the formatting issues with the eARC, but I wasn’t drawn in the way I was with the other two. And now…I don’t know if anything she writes can top As Old As Time.

And Braswell even got better at showing the development of love, as opposed to AWNW in which Aladdin and Jasmine have three conversations and then magically he’ll do anything for her…which…um…actually…

Hey, I guess that’s technically canon. Shoot, that’s actually better than the development of their relationship in the movie, founded on three conversations throughout.

I dunno.

27214426This last week has involved a lot of stops and starts, including Behrouz Gets Lucky, which has become my Long Read. It’s a very intense read, not just because of all the very dirty sex but because the language is dense and the chapters are long. I should be able to finish it in another few sittings or so, which is amazing considering how small the book looks from the outside.

But for now, I’m working my way into October with The Soldier’s Scoundrel, a book that will not mark off any checks on any of my reading challenges, but will do me a hell of good.

To Sum Up:

Books Completed:

Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Out Of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
Batgirl, Volume 3 by Cameron Stewart et al
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Books Carried into October:

Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
A Change Of Heart by Sonali Dev
Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin
The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi
The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin
The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

Books Set Aside:

Into White by Randi Pink
DC Trip by Sara Benincasa

We’ll see what happens as I move into October. I’m trying to read more backlist and fewer of the ARCs that are strewn about my house, but if the books from this year are the happier ones in my unread collection, those are the ones that will be read.

Or maybe I’ll just read the rest of the Wallbanger books. I finally got the second one, which was all that was holding me back.


#Diverseathon 2016

I mean, most days are diverseathon for me, but I knew I needed to be involved in this, to use what little voice I have to say “yes, this matters to me.” I tend to make allowances for friends, acquaintances, coworkers, who toe the line of “I just read what I want to read; I stick to my preferences”—mainly because these aren’t usually people who aren’t willing to read books from diverse voices when so inclined, regardless of topic.

But I do care, you know? The various twitter and youtube exchanges that led to the development of this particular hashtag and movement are just the tip of the iceberg, and I feel helpless sometimes in trying to show my support for other black women who are leading the way and speaking out when I can’t find the words. If I can do this little thing—read diversely for a week and tell people about it, encourage them to do the same—it will be worth it moving forward. I can hope that at least one person at least got the impression that something is worthwhile about reading diverse voices.


#Diverseathon is going on across social media from September 13-19. That’s pretty soon. The organizers have already amassed an incredible document of book recommendations, which you can add to!

If all goes right next week, here is what I’m planning to read (with a bit of a head start, cause you know, it’s the weekend):

photo of my book choices for #diverseathon
Choices for #diverseathon

I’m working on Marie Lu’s The Rose Society right now, so when I’m done with that I’ll move straight to Out of Darkness, since it’s a library book. The rest are a combination of books I’ve been planning to read (or have started reading) or that I am anxious to read, like in the case of Black Panther. Want to put these on your TBR? Here are the Goodreads links:

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Kingsway West #1 by Greg Pak

The Moor’s Account  by Laila Lalami

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi

Dunbar: The Neighborhood, the School, and the People, 1940-1965 by Aloma J. Barnes

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

Obviously, even getting through a third of these in eight days is kind of pushing it, but I will read directly from this stack for that time period.

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