Hey, everyone! It’s once again time for another #diversebookbloggers feature on Brown Books and Green Tea! This time, I’d like to introduce Rachel who is the creative mind behind Life of a Female Bibliophile! Remember to check out these diverse book blogger features every 1st and 3rd Tuesday!
Tell us about yourself/your blog! If you focus on a certain type of lit, let us know why!
Hello all! My name is Rachel and I’m a twenty-something who hails from the Mitten state (aka Michigan). I have a deep passion for reading, binge watch copious amounts of Netflix, and enjoys drinking a good cup of coffee or tea on a daily basis. When I’m not reading you can find me dancing to music, watching old classic movies with Audrey Hepburn, or paper crafting (scrapbooking, card making).
My blog is mainly focused on YA literature, but since its start three years ago, I’ve branched out into other genres as well. The majority of what I review is fiction. Some of the genres I also review on my blog include: Historical, Contemporary, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, etc.
About a year ago, I realized that I wasn’t reading as diversely as I wanted to so I’ve been branching out into different types of genres as well as exploring more stories with PoC authors or characters. I think it’s important to write PoC for readers of all ages so that people from all ethnic, social, etc. backgrounds can find a reflection of themselves and identify with the books that they read. I think that while books are becoming more diverse I feel that we still have a long way to go, but are starting to make some progress.
What makes a good story?
I would have to say strong character development, a well-crafted story, and that the plot moves at a smooth pace. I also admire a story that puts a lot of detail into research and the world-building process.
What book(s) helped shape you into the person you are today?
There are way too many to choose from since I’ve digested so many books over the years. Here are a few:
- Matilda by Ronald Dahl – One of my favorite and relatable characters, because Matilda has an immense passion for books like I do.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- It opened the door to exploring the question of “What does it mean to be an American?” It’s well-crafted and I like how it explores/dissects social issues.
If that book was made into a movie, who would you cast?
Well, Matilda already has been made into a movie (late 1990s), but it would be nice to see a remake with PoC playing Matilda. For Americanah, I honestly wouldn’t know who to cast, since there are so many great African actresses out there.
Speaking of which, do you read the book first, or watch the movie?
I always read the book, before I watch the movie. In the case I’m not too interested in the book, I’ll just go ahead and watch the movie.
What person deserves a memoir/autobiography who doesn’t already have one?
I’m not sure if she has one already, but I would like to read a memoir about Edwidge Danticat since I enjoy her works.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
You are one of my favorite bloggers Whitney, of course! Some other favorites are:
Where can readers find you online? (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.)
Put your best foot forward! What’s your best post thus far?
That’s such a hard question. But one of my favorites is “When I was Kid, Reading Is Cool” it’s one of my earlier posts that talks about the different literacy TV shows I was exposed to as kid.
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I hope to meet new #DiverseBookBloggers through this feature as well as the chats on Twitter. Feel free to connect with me on social media and let’s talk about books. I’m always searching for diverse reads, so if you have any recs, please send them to me.