Month of Reading Diverse meet Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. I love reading about women and the things they have accomplished, the lives they lived, and shade they may have thrown. Why am I going on about this? Welp, remember when I said I was going to read only authors of color this month? It seems I forgot about Women’s History Month. To fix this, I decided try and make sure all the authors I read are not only of color, but women of color. Also I’m making an effort to read about women of color in history. This makes things a bit tougher because we all know how the publishing world has been supporting their ladies of color…and that’s to say not at all.

Coincidently I finished The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan which is a historical fiction about Mehrunnisa who becomes the 20th and last wife of Emperor Jahangir who is the father of Shan Janan who built the Taj Mahal when his wife died (who also happened to be Mehrunnisa’s niece. I just moved onto The Feast of Roses the second book in the trilogy which follows Mehrunnisa, now called Nur Jahan, through her marriage to the Emperor. I’m having a fantastic time reading about the royal family and probably will try to dig up some non fiction about them.

I also have Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand on my reader as well that I plan to get to. Any other recommendations?

The Pull List and Literary Loot Unites!



IMG_0150I love it when a plan comes together…okay, not so much a plan as when my bookish interests unite. Earlier in the week I had gotten an email that my copy of The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro had come into the library and I planned at some point this week to pick it up, then two of the books I ordered for my oldest spawn were ready to pick up at our local indie bookstore. “What two books?” I hear you asking because who runs a book blog and then doesn’t title drop? That would be mean. The titles were Tuck Everlasting and How to Train Your Dragon. He’s reading above his grade level so it’s been fun to find classic books that will engage him without being too difficult in content. That’s a post in of itself. I also knew it was Rat Queens day which has been on a not so regular schedule as they dealt with new babies and abusive artists. Now there’s a new artist whose work I’ve pretty much fallen for and they’re back on track. I wasn’t going to pick up Rat Queens today except…it is also Saga day. And that felt like too much awesomeness to pass up.

While I was at Bookshop Santa Cruz picking up the spawn’s books, I noticed The Elegance of the Hedgehog in their used bin and I’d promised myself to buy it if I ever saw it in that bin (don’t ask why it had to be on those parameters, probably just to cut down on my spending). Then on the way to the customer service desk I lit upon Kindred by Octavia Butler of which I’d heard nothing but praise and why yes, I’m (mostly) only reading diverse authors this month so of course I’m going to buy it.

Not pictured are the ebooks I bought on Amazon. There were three authors that came out with the latest in their respective ongoing series, Chloe Neill’s Dark Debt in the Chicagoland Vampires, Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver in the The Others series, and Seanan McGuire’s Pocket Apocalypse in the Incryptid series.

What comics or books did you pick up this week?