Diverse Books On My TBR with Less Than 500 Ratings on Goodreads

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Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing a post I’m really excited about. The other day I was think about how diverse books often times get less publicity than other books. Wheter it is because they are indie or self published or because they get a smaller publicity budget or because they have less support from the publishers or for any of a hundred other reasons, the truth is there’s tons of diverse books out there that could use all the help they can get publicity wise.

I have written a few post in the past about underrated books with small amount of ratings on Goodreads and those lists are full of diverse books, so I would recommend you check them out!

But today I’m doing somethings a bit different! I went through my Goodreads tbr list and checked which of the diverse books I had in it had less than 500 ratings and were released before 2018 and today I want to talk about them!

Like Nobody's Watching by Tara Frejas Cover & ReviewLike Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas (58 ratings) 

The cover is SO CUTE! and it’s the reason I noticed this book in the first place, but then I read the synopsis and found out this books has fake dating, a main character that’s a soft guy and a big focus on family and I inmediately added it to my tbr. This is a #romanceclass book, like a lot of the other books on this list,  which means that it’s written by a Filipino author, it has Filipino main characters and it’s set in the Philippines.

 

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy (79 ratings) 

I discovered this book while writtin my 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo and I have been meaning to read it ever since. As the title sugests, the stories in this book are written by latinx authors and they are about latinx characters.

 

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkis Cover & Review

Learning Curves by Ceillei Simkiss (94 ratings) 

This is a romance novella with a Fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character and an asexual panromantic main character with ADHD. I have heard the story is really cute and I’m excited to give it a chance. I actually got an arc of the sequel when I signed up for the authors newsletter, so I need to get to this one to be able to read and review that arc.

 

The Queen's Game

The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman (96 ratings)

This is the second #romanceclass book on this list and it’s one that has been on my tbr for a long time. Carla de Guzman is a Filipino author and the main characters in the book are Filipino as well. I love books with royalty and I’m even more excited for this particular story because it has POC who are royals.

 

Feels Like Summer.jpgFeels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (116 ratings)

This has been on my tbr for the last two years and I really need to read it. Another #romanceclass book (can you tell I’m a fan?) set in the Philippines, it has Filipino main characters and a Filipino author. The main characters in this are a soft guy who is a musician,  and a woman working in STEM. It sound amazing!

 

All's Fair in Blog and War

All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (159 ratings)

The main characters in this are travel bloggers, which sounds so cool! Another #romanceclass book set in the Philippines with Filipino main characters and written by a Filipino author. This has been on my tbr for two and a half years and I finally bought it thanks to Shelea @ Shut Up, Shelea, who pointed out in one of her posts that it was 0.99 on Amazon (still is if you want it!)

 

The Victoria in my head

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes (286 ratings)

I read Analee in Real Life, Milanes’ latest book, recently and I loved it, so I’m excited to read her debut, which has been on my tbr for a long time. This book is a YA Contemporary with a Latinx main character, a shy teenager who dreams of being a rock star but  has paralyzing-stage-fright and overprotective Cuban parents … it sounds great and I can’t wait to finally read it!

Acting on Impulse

 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (400 ratings)

This has a Puerto Rican main character and it’s written by a Latinx author. This is a romance book about a personal trainer and an actor who fall in love, as a huge fan of romance books I can’t wait to read one where the main characters is Latinx.

 

Beginner's Guide Love and Other Chemical Reactions

Beginner’s Guide: Love & Other Chemicals Reactions by Six de los Reyes (418 ratings)

Another #romanceclass book and the second book on this list written by Six de los Reyes. I have heard great things about this author and I can’t believe that I haven’t read any of their books yet. This is set in the Philippines, it has Filipino characters and it’s by a Filipino author.

 

Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of them? What diverse books do you have on your tbr that have few ratings on Goodreads? 
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Most Anticipated Book Releases – August 2018

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I was looking through my shelf of anticipated releases of 2018 and I noticed that I didn’t have that many August releases on my list, but I hae SO MANY september releases, so this month is just three books but next I think I have like 10 books I want to talk about.

Meanwhile, here are the three books being release in August that I’m really excited to read, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!

 

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie 

This book is about three teens who live in a freezing world where everyone knows the day they will die, but the three teens dodge their deathdays and then they need flee their planet to survive. I have been a fan of these authors for a long time, I have read like 13 of their books but they have been new adult romance books, so I’m a bit nervous about reading their first YA Sci-Fi book, but I hope I’ll like it as much as I like their other books.

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

This novel is based on the real life story of the kidnapping of an 11 years old girl in 1948, and it follows the two years afterwards as the kidnapper mentally and physically assaults her while they travel and move around to different places. This book is also about the people this girl mets along the way and the people she left behind. This book sounds heartbreaking but fascinating at the same time. 

We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan 

This is a book about a girl, described as a perfect college application in human form, who is rejected from every single school she applied to and she thinks maybe her transcript was hacked, so she gets the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies to figure out what happened. This book sounds like a typical fluffy YA Comtemporary and the reason I want to read it is that I have heard that the romance in the book is fantastic and there’s a very ship-worthy couple.

What August book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2017

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Hi guys! This is VERY last minute, but I decided to participate in the Make Me Read It Readathon 2017, that will take place from August 6th to August 13th. I participated last year and had a lot of fun and I’m hoping to repeat that this year.  This readathon is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea & Titles!

What Is This Readathon About?

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible. 

Let me know if you are participating and let me links to your polls if you one up for the readathon!

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5 Books 1 Week: My Very Ambitious TBR

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Hey guys! I’m really excited because I’m going to be a free person next week! I don’t know how it works in the States, but in Colombia we have a Holy Week during Easter and that means is a free week for almost everyone. I have a lot of uni work to do (Homework, papers, mid-terms to get ready for) during that week, but I will still have a lot of time to read, that’s why I decided to set a very ambitious tbr and try to read as much as I can next week.

Here are the books I will try to read or at least start next week:

1.When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

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To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up. 

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I have been meaning to read this one for a long time, but lately I want to read it even more because I want to read more magical realism and learn a bit more about the history of this genre and the connection between it and latinamerican authors. Anyway I’m buddy reading this with Sinead @Huntress of Diverse Books.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Shwab  

a darker shade of magicKell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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I have been meaning to read this for the longest time, but my history with Victoria Shwab kind of got in the way of my reading it. I have read 2 books by her: I really liked one and DNF’ed another, so I even when I was really interested in the premise of this book I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like it or not. Now that the last book came out, I decided that I definitely want to give this series a chance because I have heard great things about it.

3. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) 

A Storm of SwordsOf the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces manoeuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords

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This book is over a thousand pages, of course I’m not planning on reading it in one week and not when I’m trying to read another 4 books in that week. But I really want to continue with this series, so my goal is to read at least 300 pages of this next week.

4. Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

Better at Weddings than you Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster? 

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I have an ARC of this books and the official release date is April 15th, so I want to try and read and review it before it comes out.  I’m not ure it’s gonna be possible, but I do want to try. I have never read anything by Mina V. Esguerra, but I have heard great things about her books, so I want to read something by her.

5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The long way to a small angry planetSomewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own. 

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I didn’t particulary want to read this until recently, I had heard about it but I didn’t really know what this was about.  Last week, I saw someone talk about it on Booktube and I finally payed atention to what this was about and sicne  I have been wanting to read more Sci-Fi, I’m really excited to read it now.

That’s it! I’m pretty sure I’m not reading all of them in one week, but I’m excited to try!

Have you read any of this books? What did you think about them? Which one should I read first?  Let me know in the commets! 

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Review: The Backstagers by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

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Title: The Backstagers

Author: James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

Published by:  Boom! Box

Publishing Date: August 17th 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, YA.

Pages: 25

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

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The Backstagers is a short and cute graphic novel about finding people to fit in with. It has a diverse cast of characters that includes a lot of POC’s, also an underrepresented body type, and it seems like there’s gonna be characters that belong to the LGBTQ+ community, which makes this graphic novel so important in terms of representation.

There is a bit of a mystery that’s introduced in this first issue about rooms and creatures and it seems like it’s gonna be expanding through all the issues of this graphic novel. The mystery and the fantastical elements are definitely what make this graphic novel interesting and intriguing.

Also, it’s worth-noting that this has a really cool art style that goes really well with the story and manages to convey this different sense of space that’s portrait in it. There’s room that shouldn’t be there and corridors that move and that sort of thing, but it’s never confusing because the art style is really clear and shows those elements really well.

Overall, the first issue of The Backstagers is definitely a strong one, it manages to intrigue the reader by introducing fantastical elements in a contemporary setting and it has an incredible art style. More important, it does a great job in terms of diversity by including different types of minorities.

Rating: 4 stars

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

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I really enjoyed participating in this meme last week, so I’m back with more diverse books! Diversity Spotlight Thrusday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, the participants are suppost to choose one book for each of the three categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that has not yet been released. 

I have decided to pick  books that have  less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads, because I want to promote less known diverse books and authors, and I will try to choose only #ownvoices books, because I want the authors that I promote to be members of minorities and marginalized groups.

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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I don’t know how many times have I talked about this book in the last 2 months, but I don’t think I will be stopping any time soon. I will say this again, just in case you don’t know, this was my favorite book of 2016 and it’s now one of my favorite books of all times. Because of that, I want everyone to read it. So this is the weekly reminder that if you haven’t read this, you should. This book talks about feminism, queerness and intersectionality in a perfect way. Also, it has a main character that I want to protect at all cost, because she is precious.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza 

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Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

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Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

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With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

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This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and it was released a few days ago. I’m a big fan of fantasy, so I’m always in the lookout for diverse fantasy books and this book has an asian main character, as well as a black main character . The synopsis of Empress of a Thousand Skies intrigued me and the cover captivated me. Also, I participated in a twitter chat with the author and she is incredibly nice. This is the kind of fantasy book that I want to see more of.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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This book sounds both adorable and incredible sad at the same time. I just got an arc through Netgalley, so I’m super excited to be able to read it before release date, which is May 2nd 2017. The LGBTQ+ characters are one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to reading this.

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Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Can you recommend me some diverse books you love? 

2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

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I’m going to start by saying that you are gonna see a lot of blog posts the next couple of days that may seem like they are post that should have been up like 2 week ago and I want you to know that you are right! I’m really behind with my blog posts because of lack of inspiration to blog, traveling and because I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress. But! the important things is that I’m posting them now.

RockMyTBR

My goal was to read 12 books, one each month, that I owned and that I had been meaning to read for a long time. I’m very happy to say that I reached this goal and read 20 books for the challenge.

Flights of Fantasy

My goal was to read 30 fantasy books in 2016 and I was so sure I could do that, but I didn’t count with the fact that I was gonna need a rest from fantasy in the middle of the year. At the end, I read 26 of the 30 books I had planned, which is still pretty good but not exactly what I wanted.

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Backlist Books

This challenge was really fun, I was supposed to read 20 books realised at least a year before I read them and I ended up reading 55 backlist books. If you are new to this blog, you should know that while a lot of people are reading and reviewing arcs, backlist titles are my thing.

Finishing the Series 

My goal was to finish between 3 a 6 series that I had already started before the beginning of the year. At the end, I only finihsed 3 series but I still managed to complete this challege.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal was to read 52 books in 2016 and I ended up reading 101 books. Almost double!

That’s it, I complete 4 out of 5 reading challenges and the one I didn’t complete it was only for 4 books. Anyway, I had a lot of fun. If you want to know about my reading challenges for 2017, here’s the link.

Let me know in the comments, how you did with your 2016 reading challenges and in which ones are you participatin in 2017. If you posted about it, leave me a link!