10 Books for the Literary Traveler

If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely love traveling. While I’d love to go back to Singapore or Uganda… my bank account has been known to sabotage my plans. In case your checking account is just as evil as mine, here’s a list of old and new books that will transport you all over the world:

Book Review | Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees | Chinelo Okparanta | 336 pages | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Goodreads | Amazon In her striking novel Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta details the development of a young lesbian in 1960’s Nigeria. Ijeoma is a young girl when she begins to understand her sexuality, falling in love with a close friend. She’s barely older when she and Amina are caught embracing, after which she is sent to complete intensive bible study with her mother. “Nwoke na nwunye. Adam na Eve. Man and wife,” her mother repeats in their daily sessions. Ijeoma’s feelings remain unchanged, instead forcing…

#Diversebookbloggers Feature #4: Read Diverse Books

This week, I’m so excited to feature another of my favorite bloggers out there– Nazahet from Read Diverse Books! For those who don’t know, he was a pivotal part of the Diverse Book Bloggers hashtag, so I knew I had to speak with him sooner rather than later. Enjoy! Tell us about yourself/your blog! Do you have a specific focus? Hello! My name is Nazahet Hernandez, but you can call me Naz. I’m a 20-something Latino living in Texas. Being Mexican-born but raised in the U.S. has given me a complicated dual identity that is often not represented in any media…

What am I reading next?

There hasn’t been a Top Ten Tuesday on Brown Books and Green Tea for a while! I figured I’d take the opportunity to let everyone know what’s coming up.

#DiverseBookBloggers, and why we’re necessary

Last Thursday, multicultural, LGBTQIA+ and differently abled bloggers converged for an epic discussion on the state of diversity in book blogging. Started by Nazahet (the blogger behind @_diversereads) and others, the #diversebookbloggers chat sought to unify book bloggers internationally. Unexpectedly, the turnout was great, with people checking in from Singapore, Germany, Australia, and other corners of the world. With questions like “What can diverse book bloggers contribute to the book blogging community that other’s can’t?” bloggers were able to get to the heart of representation issues in the blogging community, and how this has larger ramifications on the industry at…

Book Review | Goslyn County, by A.M. McKnight

Detective Olivia Winston is a first-rate cop– she’s extremely fit, thinks fast when under pressure, and has a great partner. Despite being work-centered single woman without children, she’s very much a family woman. For Detective Winston, family is wider than those related by blood, and includes the friends and neighbors in Goslyn County she’s sworn an oath to protect.

Book Review | A Murder Over A Girl, by Ken Corbett

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Short Review: Ken Corbett transplants readers into the Courtroom 41, to track Brandon McInerney, a teenager on trial for murdering his trans classmate. It’s a fascinating, yet emotionally taxing, examination of how identity informs and shapes courtroom politics. In 2008, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot his classmate twice in the head at close range while in the computer lab. The classmate, Lawrence “Larry” King, was a flamboyant brown skinned student who had recently made the decision to go by the name Leticia. Flaunting his gender exploration within the strict bounds of a school dress code,…

Book review |Santa Muerte: the Daniela story, by Lucina Stone

Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded to 4 stars on Goodreads Short Review: Santa Muerte is a beautiful and ambitious debut book that manages to successfully integrate Mexican folklore and time travel. I’m going to take you on a bit of a roundabout journey with this book review, but trust me, it all loops back around.

Reading Outside of my Comfort Zone

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is particularly important because it helped me realize that I don’t delve outside of my comfort zone too often. Part of this is because, like the typical scorned woman, I’ve been burned too many times by books outside of my comfort zone. Sometimes, I’d just like to go with a book I know will be absolutely fantastic– or at least thought-provoking. That said, here are a couple of books I’ve read recently that were outside of my comfort zone, but still managed to keep me engaged!

Book Review | Straight James/Gay James, by James Franco

What is Straight James/Gay James? It’s supposedly a self examination answering the age-old question “Are you f-ing gay or what?” I take these words from the poem, as I hardly care enough about him to use expletives when posing the question.