Rashika and I are very excited to share a little more with you about our new monthly feature celebrating all things diversity. She and I have been talking a lot about the importance of diversity in our normally ranty DM sessions and she brought up the idea to use our platforms to do some good, showering more attention on diverse books and diverse authors. Given the political climate of the world at the moment and how it has infiltrated the book community, it has become increasingly important that we not only be kind to each other no matter what our sexuality, gender, race or ethnicity, but also to read more diversely to enrich our knowledge, and to help make sure there are more books published in the future for every teen, regardless of their sexual orientation, skin color or religion.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am not taking the racism in the world very well AT ALL, so with Rashika, I hope to take my anger/sadness/frustration and channel it into something positive. Enter, this monthly event. So what will this event consist of? Lists! At the end of every month, we will be compiling a list of diverse books published that month. We will also be having authors stop by from time to time for some fun Would You Rather Q&As and Tweet Your Book Synopsis posts. It’s not much, but we hope that in the process, that we become more cognizant of racial issues that plague publishing, and also help you discover a new book or two you may not have heard of. If we get one of you interested in a book featured, I’ll consider ourselves successful.
January Releases To Get Excited About
Thanks a bunch to Rashika for compiling this amazing list! I have read The Cursed Queen, and quite enjoyed it. I have my eyes on History Is All You Have Left Of Me, City of Saints & Thieves and God Smites. But all these look pretty fantastic!