A few months ago, readers took to Twitter to demand diversity in literature. The hashtag "#WeNeedDiverseBooks" went viral and, whether you participateA few months ago, readers took to Twitter to demand diversity in literature. The hashtag "#WeNeedDiverseBooks" went viral and, whether you participated in the discussion or not, it was a very inspiring conversation to witness, as individuals worldwide were sharing their own personal stories and their desire for unique voices.
Thankfully, the conversation is ongoing, and it is helping new and diverse books, like this week's 50 Book Pledge Featured Read Say What You Will, get the attention they so rightfully deserve.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern celebrates the unique aspects of two teens who fall in love because of their flaws, not in spite of them. In her senior year of high school, Amy steps out of her comfort zone when she decides to hire peer aides to assist the daily tasks that are made difficult for her as a result of her cerebral palsy. Matthew is one of those aides, and as they begin to spend time together, their new friendship grows into something neither expected.
I had the privilege of meeting Karen Swan when she came for a visit last winter to chat about her holiday book, Christmas at Claridge's. Karen has wriI had the privilege of meeting Karen Swan when she came for a visit last winter to chat about her holiday book, Christmas at Claridge's. Karen has written three wonderfully charming holiday books, but had some exciting news for us: she was working on a summer book for Summer 2014.
Now, I love my Karen Swan Christmas books, but I just couldn't wait to see what happens when she replaces Christmas trees and perfect presents with beautiful beaches and patio cocktails. So I dove into The Summer Without You as soon as I possibly could.
The Summer Without You is completely charming, light and funny at times, but also really moving, AND on top of all that it touches on environmental issues and even has a mystery to solve. It's the ultimate summer read....more
We're all buzzing about The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen!Here are 10 reasons why you should add it to your reading list ASAP.
1. It's aboutWe're all buzzing about The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen! Here are 10 reasons why you should add it to your reading list ASAP.
1. It's about a young woman who's been in hiding her entire life, but now must step up and reclaim the throne that is rightfully hers. Downside? She's got a lot of enemies and the kingdom is totally corrupt. Upside? She's exactly the right gal for the job.
Who is this girl? Who are these enemies? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out.
2. It's the start of an epic new trilogy. So after you fall in love with this fierce new queen you know you have two more books to look forward to.
3. It's already been optioned for film, with the lovely and talented Emma Watson (HERMIONE GRANGER) attached to star. She's the perfect queen, and here are 21 reasons why.
After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman is an evocative, suspenseful and sometimes heartbreaking novel about the lives of five women left behind by the charmiAfter I’m Gone by Laura Lippman is an evocative, suspenseful and sometimes heartbreaking novel about the lives of five women left behind by the charming felon Felix Brewer and the secrets revealed when his mistress is found dead ten years later. Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, the ex-cop who re-opens the Brewer case, attempts to uncover all of the mysteries surrounding Julie’s death, Felix’s disappearance and the troubled lives of Felix’s wife and their three girls.
I experienced some trepidation when venturing into the arena of the murder/mystery genre. While I can appreciate the genre in its ability to enticingly string you along with many different perspectives, placing the reader in medias res of many character’s lives—it is simply not something I am particularly fond of, mostly because of the slow, drawn-out pacing.
Despite this prejudice, I actually found this novel to be extremely interesting and captivating, primarily because Lippman is an excellent character writer.