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I love my library, so I was very excited when Krysta and Briana of Pages Unbound asked me to do a guest post for their month-long celebration of libraries. The fun posts they’ve written so far include a personality quiz (what library resource are you?) as well as two posts about why libraries are so awesome (part 1 and part 2) because one post just wasn’t enough. Today they’re sharing my guest post about how much I love browsing for books at my library, so if you love your library too or just wondering what all the fuss is about, you should hop over and check it out.
The recent #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks movement has made certain that the lack of diverse characters in mainstream publishing is an issue most bloggers are aware of. It’s gotten many bloggers talking and one of the concerns raised by bloggers, such as Emily at The Loony Teen Writer, is that some characters are defined by their diversity. I think she makes a great point! A character should not constantly be referred to by their race/gender/abledness/sexuality or any other single feature. This makes for a flat character in general. In the case of a trait which makes a character a minority, the implication that a single trait defines who that character it completely defeats the purpose of diverse reading, playing to stereotypes instead of dispelling them. Continue reading
Title: The Shadow Year
Author: Hannah Richell
Source: from publisher for SheReads book club
Review Summary: Although the big reveals in this book didn’t surprise me much, they kept the suspense high as I read about characters and a location which the author vividly brought to life
In 1980, five friends about to graduate from college decide to get away together one last time. However, when it comes time to return from the idyllic college they visit, none of them are ready to go. They eventually come up with a plan to try roughing it off the grid at the cottage for the next year. Initially, the cottage feels like paradise, but as the weather gets worse, their situation deteriorates and personal tensions build. Thirty years later, when Lila mysteriously inherits the same cottage, she finds peace at the cottage during a difficult time in her marriage. However, she slowly begins to realize that something terrible happened to the previous inhabitants. Continue reading
10. You find yourself swearing off netgalley… after just one more request.
9. You’re sad when all of your holds come in at the library at once.