I’m tired of the whiteness of Goodreads Choice Awards (ft. diverse-friendly alternatives you can support instead!)

I’m tired of the whiteness of Goodreads Choice Awards (ft. diverse-friendly alternatives you can support instead!)

Friends, a lot of us might be familiar with the Goodreads Choice Awards, wherein Goodreads curates lists of potential “best books” in certain genres (e.g. fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance) and encourages their site users to vote for their favorites. And quite frankly, it’s a disservice to diverse books, marginalized authors, and the readers who are pushing for diversity and representation in literature.

Year after year, its initial nominees are predominantly white and heteronormative. In fact, in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards, there are only one to three authors of color per category. And this consistent outcome — this longstanding favor towards white-as-Captain-America’s-buttcheeks authors and their books — is understandably questionable because (1) first-round nominees are selected by the Goodreads staff, and (2) the criteria or judging system behind these nominations are not disclosed by the site.

So, is Goodreads and its staff actively overlooking marginalized authors and diverse books? Results from past years point us to a cold hard and resounding yes.

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Quick Kindle Steals (Vol 5): Diverse books you can buy for $2.99 or less (ft. Halloween reads)

Quick Kindle Steals (Vol 5): Diverse books you can buy for $2.99 or less (ft. Halloween reads)

The essence of Quick Kindle Steals is pretty simple and straightforward: hunt down any number of discounted (preferably $2.99 or less) or free e-books (either permanently or time-limited prices) and share these finds on my blog. Hopefully, doing this will help introduce struggling readers, such as myself, to more titles that they can afford!

This isn’t a weekly feature, but I lurk around Amazon so frequently that I’ll definitely be doing more volumes of this! I also make Twitter threads about limited-time Kindle deals so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check out the #QuickKindleSteals hashtag. Also, please take note that you need to have the free Kindle app installed in your device before purchasing any of these books.

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Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger: Asian-coded fantasy world, normalized queerness, & a nuanced dissection of colonialism

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger: Asian-coded fantasy world, normalized queerness, & a nuanced dissection of colonialism
Steel Crow Saga
by Paul Krueger

a book review (hardcover)
published 26 September 2019
adult & fantasy

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), poc representation (asian-coded: chinese, filipino, japanese, korean), lgbtqiap+ (normalized) & miscellaneous (fat representation)

read the full synopsis.

A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic . . . and her own flesh and blood.

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption – or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery – but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime – and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward – she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives – and begin to change the world.

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Sign up for Bookish Secret Tita 2019!

Sign up for Bookish Secret Tita 2019!

Here in the Philippines, we always make jokes about how Christmas starts when the calendar hits the popular “ber” months, specifically, September — and there’s actually a lot of truth in these jokes.

The first day of September marks the beginning of decorating our homes with pretty lights and shamelessly blasting Jose Marie Chan’s hits across all the malls (Jose Marie Chan is our very own patron saint of Christmas, y’all). Even our local newscasters start to count off the days remaining before the highly awaited 25th of December.

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All my most highly anticipated releases on one day? (aka why October 15 is the best)

All my most highly anticipated releases on one day? (aka why October 15 is the best)

It is no secret that readers and self-confessed bibliophiles have a nice selection of new book releases to look forward to every month — and this has its upsides and downsides.

On the upside, yes, yes, and YES(!!!) to more books on shelves! There is always room in our spacious reader hearts for more stories to love and adore (and, you know, for stories to cause crippling pain to our feelings). But on the downside, new books are a huge, huge temptation that can likewise cause crippling pain to our little wallets. But I digress.

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Follow Along: The Never Tilting World blog tour (ft. schedule & giveaway)

Follow Along: The Never Tilting World blog tour (ft. schedule & giveaway)

I was hoping to do a lot of blogging done over the weekend, but I’ve been feeling under the weather lately. Nonetheless, no amount of monstrous migraines and high fevers would get in the way of me announcing the international blog tour for The Never Tilting World by my author queen, Rin Chupeco!

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