Hey everyone! Get ready for another Diverse Book Bloggers feature. I love doing these features because they remind me that people look at the word “diversity” in different ways. I’m going to jump right into this one– feel free to engage in the comments or on twitter, because I know I always have lots of thoughts after reading people’s responses!
- Tell us about yourself/your blog! If you focus on a certain type of lit, let us know why!
JBelkBooks: where all your dreams come true including bottomless french fries & unlimited ice cream (I wish). Hello, sunshines! My name is Jesalin, the blogger & creator behind JBelkBooks. I am a proud bibliophile, lover of mother nature, and creator of art. I go to school, get an education, eat, & sleep — ya know, the usual! On my down time (whenever that may be nowadays), you’ll usually find me stressing over homework, obsessing over a book, or jamming out to my Spotify playlists. But of course, JBelkBooks is also a main priority! On JBelkBooks you’ll find a variety of posts, such as reviews, subscription box unboxing & reviews, and even my own creations, such as Captivating Covers and Feature With Followers. I enjoy expanding my genre interests, but I primarily read and review Young Adult. I love finding and chatting with new bloggers, so please don’t be afraid to visit and say hello! JBelkBooks is a blog for the lonely, the lovers, the readers, & anyone else willing to read what I have to say.
- What do you drink while you read? Tea, water, hot cocoa, etc? Feel free to recommend your favorites
I actually try and NOT drink while I’m reading, just because I can be entirely clumsy sometimes xD However, when I do drink, it’s usually water or some form of coffee — iced, hot, etc. (I love coffee if you couldn’t tell!)
You wrote a post about the pros and cons of overhyped books. Which are some great diverse books that lived up to the hype?Hmmm…the first few that came into mind were: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (LGBTQ+ YA), George by Alex Gino (LGBTQ+ MG), and The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Mental Health, Sexuality, etc.). All three were amazing books that definitely made me think and maybe even cry… 🙂
What’s the best diverse book you’ve read this year?I don’t know if this one is the BEST, but it’s one that I thoroughly enjoyed: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven! One of the main characters, Jack Masselin, is non-white and I think this was an important but interesting choice made by Niven. Definitely recommend checking it out!
Which book is still on your TBR list that you’ve meant to read, but haven’t?Oh man, I have so many books on my TBR…how could I possibly pick JUST one?? Haha, well, if there’s one book that I want to get to before 2016 ends it would have to be The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh. This book has been sitting on my shelves for a little over a year now and I have YET to pick it up…I’ve heard such great things about TRATD, so yes, I’m surprised, too, that I haven’t read it!
We’ve been seeing a lot of great books being made into films in the past several years. Are there any diverse books that you’d like to see made into movies? Who would you cast as the lead?Ooo, such a great question! I would love to see More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, George by Alex Gino, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz as a film! I have to admit I haven’t read AADDTSOTU, but again, this is one that I’ve heard amazing things about, and I feel that all three of those novels will bring so much awareness to the idea of Diversity! I think Emma Watson could really play any character, so I would definitely cast her in a role!
Who are some of your favorite bloggers?Here are just a few (I have so many more favorite bloggers, but these are ones that I consider friends!):
8. Where can readers find you online? (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc)Twitter: @JBelkBooksInstagram: @JBelkBooksBloglovin’: @JBelkBooksGoodreads: @ Jesalin Belk
9.Put your best foot forward! What’s your best post thus far?Ahh, such a difficult question! I think my best posts would have to be my discussions, just because I can get really personal/invested in them, but the one post that I enjoyed typing the most is my One Year Blogiversary Post: 365 Days Later… | JBelkBooks’ One Year Blogiversary [Part 1]. I had so much fun sharing my accomplishment with my fellow readers and it is definitely a day/post that I won’t forget 🙂10. Anything else you want to say? Take a sentence or two and do it here!
My comments, email, and social media are ALWAYS open to anyone who wants to talk about books, blogging, or anything that’s on your mind! Please don’t be afraid to visit my blog — you guys are all awesome! Oh, and thank you to Whitney for sharing me on her blog — you are twice as awesome!! 😀
Major thank you to JBelkBooks for allowing me to feature her in this blog post! As always, PLEASE give her site a glance– you might find something you really love!