Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Post-Election: What can you-as a reader-do to help?

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There have been several incredibly helpful posts floating around twitter, encouraging you to get involved politically and call your representatives. I don’t have enough knowledge to give you that sort of advice but I do have experience working at a library and being a blogger so I wanted to put together a mini-list of how you can be helpful on a smaller scale as a reader (but please also do things on a larger scale because those are the things that will really help make a difference.)

1. Check out diverse books (by diverse authors) from your library.

You have no idea how important this is. If books don’t get circ’d (checked out), they have to be ‘weeded’ (aka, taken out of the collection) and now more than ever, diverse books NEED to be available. At the public library I work at, the YA Librarian was weeding through the collection and a lot of books with no or minimal check outs tended to be diverse books (written by diverse authors.) This will not be true for all libraries, especially ones located in cities, but this was true for ours (and I am sure there are some others who have experienced a similar trend.) The YA librarian at my library chose to not weed out a lot of the diverse books because she also felt that now more than ever, we needed these stories but not everyone will feel that way SO PLEASE show diverse books some love. It isn’t just enough for libraries to buy them, if they don’t get checked out, they will be less likely to buy them or will have to get rid of them.

2. Listen to what diverse bloggers have to say (about books + other things.)

And I am not just saying this because I am one. Seriously, if they say a book is deeply offensive to them, LISTEN. Listen to what they have to say about diverse books written by authors who don’t have the same experiences they have had. Listen to them for amazing #ownvoices recommendations (perhaps books they feel accurately represent them) and listen to them when they mention inconsistencies b/w the book and cultures. Make them feel like they aren’t just shouting in a void, trying to be heard.

3. Read more diverse books by diverse authors.

Don’t just read diverse books, read #ownvoices. Support them and their stories. Don’t just go on about that amazing diverse book written by a white cichet author who doesn’t have the same experiences as an #ownvoices author. I am not saying that diverse books written by white cishet authors cannot be good or that you should feel bad about reading them, but please try to support #ownvoices who are trying to tell their stories. Also talk about these books! Especially those that haven’t gotten as much hype as others.

 

I know a lot of this won’t be new info but I mostly just wanted to remind people to check out diverse books from their libraries so the libraries will have reasons to keep them. I was so sad when I saw how little some (amazing) diverse books were being checked out at our library.  I want these stories to be available to those who need them (and even those who don’t!)

 

Fresh Batch (November 20th – 26th)

Fresh Batch (November 20th – 26th)

Posted by on 11/19/2016 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Of Fire and Stars Audrey Coulthurst Publication date: November 22nd 2016by Balzer + Bray

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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s…

Diverse #QuietYA Recommendations

Diverse #QuietYA Recommendations

Posted by on 11/18/2016 • 2 Comments

You may or may not have read my post from earlier this week talking about how I was doing after the election. The answer is that I am not okay but so many other people aren’t either. I’ve been struggling to do books lately but I recently finished my first book post-election and felt so much love for it. Post-election, one of the biggest things we can focus on in this bookish community is supporting #ownvoices and buying more diverse books. Today, I put together a list of some great #quietYA diverse reads. I’ve read a majority of these books and can vouch for their amazingness so without further ado, here are some books to add to your TBRs. Buy them, check them out from a library, give them some…

I am not okay…

Posted by on 11/13/2016 • 17 Comments

Hi everyone. I hope some of your weeks might have been better than mine but if not, know that I am right here with you.

The elections happened in the US this week and it’s been one of the roughest weeks in 2016 for me (and 2016 has been a terrible year in general so that is saying a lot.) The reason why I am talking about any of this is because I NEED to explain how I am feeling right now. I am stuck and I cannot move on. I don’t WANT to move on. The results of these elections mean a lot of things to a lot of different people and for me, they show that hate is trumping love across the globe. We seem to be taking…

Fresh Batch (November 13th – 19th)

Fresh Batch (November 13th – 19th)

Posted by on 11/12/2016 • 3 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

This Is Our Story Ashley Elston Publication date: November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

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No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen….

Fresh Batch (November 6th – 12th)

Fresh Batch (November 6th – 12th)

Posted by on 11/05/2016 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Heartless Marissa Meyer Publication date: November 8th 2016by Feiwel & Friends

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the…

Kid Lit Corner #1: Teddy & Co + Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

Kid Lit Corner #1: Teddy & Co + Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

Posted by on 11/01/2016 • 0 Comments

If you know me, you know that I LOVE children’s literature. I love reading not just YA and Middle Grade books but I adore chapter books and picture books (although this has been a more recent development when I started experimenting with reading tastes.) I know not everyone does though so I thought I’d distinguish my kid-lit reviews by starting a new Kid Lit Corner thing on the blog.

Teddy & Co Cynthia Voigt

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Teddy is a thinking kind of bear. Of all his friends, he does the most wondering. He lives with a ragtag group of lost toys—a very hungry snake, an elephant who likes to bake, two charmingly silly pigs, and a reclusive penguin—and they all bump along happily together. But…

Halloween-y Book Recommendations

Halloween-y Book Recommendations

Posted by on 10/31/2016 • 6 Comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FRIENDS! I hope everyone has a creeptastic day and that this Monday will be better than most! My real life horror story for today is that I had a finished draft for a final essay due today and I started it last night so who knows how that will turn out. But anyway, I am here to do what I do best and recommend some horror books to celebrate this day.

ADD TO GOODREADS

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Amity by Micol Ostow