You Are Not A Failure

I am writing this post as much for me as I am for you, my readers. Midnight of May 1, 2018 is ticking closer. This is probably my eighth or ninth time attempting National Novel Writing Month–or, in this case, Camp NaNoWriMo (the April + July versions, as opposed to the traditional November version, for… Continue reading You Are Not A Failure

Psst–Long Time, No See!

Hey there, friends. It’s very late at night but I’m writing with a few updates. So first, NaNoWriMo was a bust for me. Well, not totally. I made it to about 44,000 words, so I consider that a victory even if I didn’t cross the finish line. My goal is to make it to 100,000… Continue reading Psst–Long Time, No See!

Oh Hey, It’s NaNo Season!

Hi, friends! You might have noticed that there was no Diverse Book of the Month post today, the 1st day of November 2017. That’s because today marks the first day of National Novel Writing Month! From today until November 30, I and eight gazillion other writers will be focusing on writing at least 50,000 words… Continue reading Oh Hey, It’s NaNo Season!

Diverse Book of the Month: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid has been hailed as one of the hottest “beach reads” of 2017. Summer is over now, but the hype for this book is not. So even if you’re back from your vacation by the beach, or if you’re just looking for a good book to… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Diverse Book of the Month: If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

You might know Zach Anner as “that hilarious and oddly inspiring guy who does the Workout Wednesday videos on YouTube.” Well, surprise! Now he’s written a hilarious and oddly inspiring memoir, about his rise to Internet stardom, his childhood, his relationships, and his life with cerebral palsy — “the sexiest of palsies,” as he likes to call it. The result is a laugh-out-loud funny, and oftentimes poignant reflection on life, love, and happiness.

Diverse Book of the Month: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace, with Dan Ozzi

Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of the popular punk band Against Me!, came out as a transgender woman back in May of 2012 in an issue of Rolling Stone. In 2016, she published this memoir, Tranny, to tell her story — and the story of Against Me! — in more detail, starting all the way back when she was a five-year-old trying on her mother’s pantyhose and wishing she’d been born a woman. The memoir is the story of her journey towards transition, and the way her gender dysphoria affected — for better or worse — her life, her work, and her relationships with her family, friends, and band.