I was inspired by Ava at Bookishness and Tea to talk about inclusivity in literature. For me, where diversity brings us a cast of varied characters, inclusive titles bring us important representation without necessarily being diverse. For example, a book could feature an all Black cast. That's not diverse, but it's sure as shit inclusive. So, … Continue reading 30 Inclusive Books You Should Read Right Now
Prose by JR April 18, 2015: Baltimore’s on fire. Black lives matter, we say. All lives matter, you reply. We grapple with your language, ‘Academic English’ burning our tongues. We want to say: this ain’t that. You strangle our culture, our language, our lives. All lives matter, sure. But this ain’t that. Want your work … Continue reading Prose | Freddie
Now, I'm always looking for an interesting book tag, because I personally think they're tons of fun! When I stumbled across this one, I was positively enchanted. So, without further ado, the A-Z book tag!
There seems to be this odd sort of online community of cishet (i.e. cis gender heterosexual) writers who want to write LGBT characters, but are too scared to screw them up. As with my post, Writing 101 | Writing People of Color, I will start with this bit of advice: writing LGBT people - particularly when you … Continue reading Writing 101 | Writing LGBT+ Characters, Part 1
This post is day 3 of the 30 day challenge. For the rest of the challenge, click here. Help Me I haven't been able to get through a whole book - or even a quarter of a book, really - since the summer when I read Jazz by Toni Morrison. It's an incredible book, by the way, … Continue reading SOS: I Have Reader’s Block
This post is day 2 of the 30 day book blogging challenge. For the whole challenge, click here. I was in fourth grade, milling about the historical fiction section at my school's library, as i tended to do, when I saw a book that was a pretty shade of blue. I picked it up, and to … Continue reading How I Became a Reader
This post is day 1 the 30 day book-blogging challenge. For the whole challenge, click here. Pilgrimage - noun [pil-gruh-mij] a journey, typically a long one, made especially to fulfill a vow or pay homage Have you ever gone on a pilgrimage? How about a literary pilgrimage? A literary pilgrimage is the act of visiting a place that appears … Continue reading My Literary Pilgrimage
What better way is there for a book blog to celebrate Black excellence than to highlight Black authors who've written about the Black experience? None! My personal feelings about Black History Month aside, here are some of the funniest, most beautiful, and most emotionally charged books about the Black experience that everyone should put on … Continue reading Coffee Hour | 5 Books for Black History Month
I was inspired by this great post at Bookishness and Tea to write on diverse couples in literature. As thoughtfully pointed out in Ava's post, couples in literature tend to be straight, cisgender, neurotypical, able-bodied, and white. Any character outside of this mold is typically relegated to the role of the main character's best friend, sibling, cousin, … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Special: Diversifying Literary Romance
Unable to find a 30 Day Challenge I was completely satisfied with, I decided to create my own! If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.