I never really wanted this to be a typical review site, by which I mean a site where I tell you what you should or shouldn’t read. It’s one thing to dissect what I disliked for objective flaws, in hopes that I’ll learn how to be a better writer, or analyze it’s ideas and how they affect the world. It’s another thing to decide that my subjective bad experience of a story is significant enough that I must discourage anyone else from giving it a shot. Most some of you will like some stories that I don’t, and there’s nothing wrong with that. So for a while this site had my analytical reviews and reviews as an atheist, but no straightforward recommendations.
Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to expand my base of authors. For most of my book loving life, most of the books recommended to me have been written by white men, because the people who recommended them were mostly given books to read that were written by white men, because those were the books given them, because those were the books given to them, because those were the books given to them… The cycle has to be broken somewhere. I’ve found the best way to do this has been to A. find a list online of Black or Asian or Native American or LGBTQ or women authors B. pick some interesting sounding ones at random and C. give them a try. I stand by this method as something that has introduced me to some amazing new favorites who I might never have heard of otherwise (Rin Chupeco! Nalo Hopkinson!). Still, at times I’ve wished for more people to recommend diverse books to me, preferably in high pitched excited squeals. It’s just more fun that way.
In October 2016, I decided to plough through a Bookriot list of YA horror written by women, and make them into Halloween themed reviews. I discovered, when I was done, that I actually missed writing the reviews. I liked being the hyper enthusiastic reader who I wished to see in the world. So I kept at it. I eventually discovered that what I really dislike is writing negative reviews. Those aren’t fun to read unless they are vicious, and picking on someone whose only crime was writing a book I didn’t care for? As I said above, I don’t really see the point of that. Now, if I like a book, you’ll hear about it, if not, I’ll just move on to something more interesting.
Those are the only rules for books featured here; they must be written by a woman or person of color (or both!) and I had to have liked them. They can be adult, YA, teen, classic, modern, non-fiction or any genre of fiction at all. My tastes will bring in a lot of fantasy, sci-fi and horror, but my hope is that, as this section grows, anyone can come here and find a new book they will love.
Arranged alphabetically by author’s last name, anthologies by editor’s last name
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah
- Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
- Kendare Blake: Anna Dressed in Blood *
- Octavia E. Butler: Blood Child and Other Stories
- Octavia E. Butler: Kindred *
- Emily Carroll: Through the Woods *
- Rin Chupeco: The Girl From the Well *
- Rin Chupeco: The Suffering
- Indra Das: The Devourers *
- Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older: Long Hidden (Anthology)
- Virginia Hamilton: The People Could Fly
- Nalo Hopkinson: The Chaos
- Nalo Hopkinson: Sister Mine
- Malinda Lo: Ash *
- Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye
- Emma Newman: Planetfall
- Dia Reeves: Slice of Cherry *
- Kieran Scott: What Waits in the Woods *
- Diane Setterfield: Bellman and Black
- Jesmyn Ward: Where the Line Bleeds
- Brenna Yovanoff: Fiendish *
*Uses old review format