There are some days I log onto Twitter and feel like the world is ending.
I don’t want to talk about politics on this blog. We’re here to talk about books and how much we enjoy them, not the state of the world. I mean, we read to escape all that, right?
But I do want to talk briefly about how a fundamental human rights issue has influenced my book buying recently. The black lives matter movement has really made me think about the authors I read. The vast majority of books I buy are by white authors, mostly female. This isn’t purposeful, it just so happens that the books that cross my path are written by white, female authors.
I’m a lazy book buyer. Facebook and Amazon know what I like by now and they throw books up on my feed and I buy them.
But a combination of two things has happened in light of the black lives matter movement. Firstly, books by black authors seem to have gained greater support in the indie author world. Second, I’m actively looking for books by black authors and featuring black protagonists now.
I should have started diversifying my to-read pile ages ago and now I’m going to make efforts to do that. If you know any authors from marginalised groups that you’d recommend, please let me know!
In the meantime, here’s the latest book I’ve ordered and can’t wait to read:
“For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?”
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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a full-on fantasy and is either available in e-book or hardcover formats. Naturally, I pre-ordered the hardcover copy (such a surprise, right?).
This book releases on 9th July so I won’t receive a delivery for a couple of months yet. But it’s something to look forward to. Can’t wait to start reading this one!
Thanks for reading!