Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armchair BEA-- Beyond the Borders

I was a little surprised when #WeNeedDiverseBooks became such a cause celebre. Pleasantly surprised, but I've been trying for a year and a half to find diverse books and publicize them, but it's been hard to find both the books and people reviewing them.

Initially, I had a World Wednesday theme and round up going, but have since changed it to #WeNeedDiverseBooksWednesday. Of course, this is also the theme of Mother Reader's 48 Hour Book Challenge this year.

Reading about other cultures is something I have always loved, so there have been a lot of books that I could recommend. Here are some that I found especially interesting:

Agosin, Marjorie. I Lived on Butterfly Hill. (Chilean)
Cervantes, Angela. Gaby, Lost and Found. (Honduran American)
Daswani, Kavita. Lovetorn (Indian-Americans)
Freedman, Paula J. My Basmati Bat Mitzvah (Indian-Americans/Jewish)
Giles, Lamar. Fake I.D. (African American)
Hobbs, Will. Never Say Die (Inuit)
Patterson, Valerie O. Operation Oleander (Afghanistan) 
Peacock, Carol Antoinette. Red Thread Sisters.(Chinese girls adopted in US)
Spencer, Octavia. The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit (African American/ Latino)
Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming of Violet Diamond. (African American)
Zia, Farhana. The Garden of My Imaan (Muslim Americans) 
There are lots more, but that's some to get you started with a pile of things to get you started for the 48 Hour Book Challenge.


  1. These sound very interesting. I usually stick to fiction but it is fun to read about other cultures.

  2. I gleaned a surprising large stack of diverse books from my tbr piles/shelves/room --it will be good to be kicked into actually reading them!

  3. Great list of books and #WeNeedDiverseBooksWednesday is a terrific idea for a meme.

    I added Red Thread Sisters and The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond on my TBR. I was going to recommend Gateway by Sharon Shinn -- but I see you reviewed that!

  4. I love your list! Im going to save it so when I need inspiration I can find it again!

  5. Hmm, I'm interested in Fake ID! Great list, lady :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. I need to get my pile going for the 48 hour readathon! I will check out the books at my library this week and see what peeks my interest. Thanks for mentioning that (needs constant reminders...).