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What Makes a Book Diverse?

In each of my monthly wrap-ups, I count the number of diverse books I read. Normally, that's pretty easy to do. Occasionally, however, it isn't as simple as I think it should be. I have to think a lot about whether a book is diverse or not. Which brings me to my question: what makes a book diverse?

~ Warning:The next couple of paragraphs contain minor spoilers for the books mentioned. ~

Since I don't think I've been quite clear, let's look at a few examples from books I've read in the past few months. First, there's The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. In this book, we have Alice and Bea. Bea almost certainly likes girls. At one point, she kisses the female protagonist. Alice also probably likes girls. At one point, while discussing her romantic interests, she says something along the lines of there having been someone all along. It's implied that this person is Bea. One of them might even outright admit to liking the other at one point - I do remem…

6 Reasons I Inhaled The Wrath and the Dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Length: 395 pages
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 12th, 2015
Diversity: Fantasy setting inspired by the Middle East; almost all major characters are POC
Rating: ★

10 Books I Love But Haven't Talked About Enough

There are so many books that I love, and not enough time to talk about them all. Luckily, this week's Top Ten Tuesday was all about books that you love but haven't talked about enough or recently. It was pretty difficult to choose just ten, but I think I made a good list.

Note: I did limit myself to standalones for this list, which should explain a few glaring omissions.

1) Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley - This book grabbed me from the first page and never let me go. It has that special kind of emotional weight that comes from the combination of the fact that too many of these horrific circumstances were real and absolutely masterful writing. It's been a year and a half since I read it, and I don't think I've stopped thinking about it since. It really should have been in my Standalones I Want to Reread post.

2) I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - This book has a very unique writing style that not everyone likes. Fortunately, it worked for me. The story…

25 Bookish Facts About Me

First confession: this took a surprisingly long time to do. I thought that coming up with 25 bookish facts about myself would be easy! I was wrong. Very wrong.

Second confession: nobody tagged me to do this, but I'm doing it anyway because I like the idea. Maybe this defeats the purpose of it being a tag, but...*shrugs* I don't care all that much.

And without further ado, here's 25 bookish facts about me! 

1. I get almost all of my books from the library. In middle school, I stopped going to the library for some reason, and I didn't read nearly as much. When I started going back, I read three times as many books. And even if I had all the money in the world, I'd STILL go to the library.

2. I don't bring a book everywhere I go, but I always consider it. I'm not going to bring a book if I'm just going down to the grocery store for 20 minutes and don't feel like bringing a bag, but there are also days when I bring about four books to school.

3. My personal …