Welcome to spring. It’s officially the end of the first quarter of the year — where does the time go? Too many books and not enough time. Speaking of books, that’s what I want to talk about today, diverse books.
First, before I get started this is not a post on a soapbox, just a post about personal change. Over the last four years I’ve started joining in on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I say how many books I’ll read and then through the course of 12 months I record via Goodreads what I read and what I didn’t. One thing I noticed, I was reading the same authors. Now, don’t get me wrong, once I find an author I’ll mine their backlist or buy whatever they put out. But I realized most of the books I was picking up were by white authors. Is this bad? I don’t necessarily think so, but in today’s climate, political and social I kept experiencing the same messages:
“Be the change you wish to see in the word.” – Gandhi
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. No message could’ve been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make a change.” – Michael Jackson
Those words, they mean a lot and they come from a place of purity. That being said, one of my personal reading goals for 2018 is to read more books by authors of color. So, far I’m batting about 50/50 and I’ll admit it’s changing how I view other books. I’m looking for diversity in my stories now, looking for the melting pot we live in. I’m trying to be mindful of how I plot my own stories and educating myself in the process.
But back to the books, I’ve found some fun gems and new author’s to read.
Alyssa Cole’s A Princess in Theory about a STEM heroine who falls for a Prince.
Mia Sosa’s Pretending He’s Mine with super hunky, sexy Julian a Hollywood agent and the best friend’s little sister trope. Too bad little sister Ashley is harboring a serious crush.
Alisha Rai’s last book in her Forbidden Hearts series, Hurts to Love You. It’s like diverse Dynasty and I ate it up.
Books on my radar:
- Vanessa Riley’s first book in the Blackamoor Brides series, The Bittersweet Bride
- Courtney Milan’s upcoming release, After The Wedding.
- Hold Me by Courtney Milan
- The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas
- FIT series by Rebekah Witherspoon
- The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley
Now that I’ve regaled you with my list. What’s on your TBR? Any diverse authors or stories I need to check out?