Diverse Detective Fiction Month- TBR

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It’s here: Diverse Detective Fiction Month! I’m super excited and thanks all who are joining us! (everyone else can still join us, sign up here)

So, this event (go ahead and call it a challenge if you’re feeling competitive) will be hosted by twitter button@siliconphospho and myself, twitter button@Bina_ReadThis because detective fiction is our comfort genre, but at first glance utterly normative, and when Silicon asked for recs and came up with an amazing list, things snowballed. So here we are, who’s in the mood for exploring the diverse side of detective fiction?

Here’s the guidelines:

Have fun! Also, read at least 1 diverse detective story (we encourage you to go for #ownvoices books!) and post a review on your blog or goodreads between October 1st and October 31st. Also, feel free to follow us on twitter and gush a lot about the books or audiobooks or short stories you’re reading! Use the hashtag #DiverseDetectives twitter button

So I kinda took this opportunity to stock up my mystery shelf with some much-needed diverse books. Okay fine, that’s partly the reason for the challenge! Here’s my tbr for the challenge, as you can see, I’m trying to lead by example 😉

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Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara

Blanche On the Lam by Barbara Neely

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings of Saturn by Sophia Chester

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Moseley

Dead Time by Eleanor Taylor Bland

The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang

Cactus Blood by Lucha Corpi

Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors ed. by Barbara Neely

Make sure to check out our goodreads list for recommendations or vote for books there if you have recommendations for us!

March is #Weirdathon!

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Yay, I’m finally back to blogging! And my lovely friend Deepika immediately informed me I should join the #weirdathon 😀 It’s such good timing, so I’m in.

Hosted by Julianne of Outlandish Lit, who I stalk on instagram, #weirdathon is about reading all those wonderfully weird books, the weirder the better.Happy blog anniversary btw, Julianne and thanks for such a great event!

Now for the fun part, here’s a list! Well, I tried, I’ve found myself wondering what was weird to me, how much that had changed during the last year thanks to reading more speculative fiction and of course, if I would ever really stick to my list. Here be weird:

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This Census-Taker by Chine Miéville

Now, no list of weird books can be complete without weirdfiction writer China Miéville! This one is a novella and one of his newest I think. It doesn’t sound as weird as his other stuff, but I’m sure it will be super weird anyway.

“After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent. When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over—but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? Is he the boy’s friend? His enemy? Or something altogether other?”

(goodreads)

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Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

Glennkill, the original German title, is a mystery with a sheep detective. Yup you read that right! Also, I’m always down for a cozy mystery.

“On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, a flock of sheep gathers around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared devotedly for the flock, even reading them books every night. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George’s killer.”

(goodreads)

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The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett

Now superhero/-powers stories like X-Men are weird, and weird to me. I haven’t really explored this genre much.  The Liminal People sounds brilliant and dark, though, and I  don’t want to stray too far from my reading people of color goal this year. Also, the book is available on Scribd.

“Taggert can heal and hurt with just a touch. When an ex calls for help, he risks the wrath of his enigmatic master to try and save her daughter. But when Taggert realizes the daughter has more power than even he can imagine, he has to wrestle with the very nature of his skills, not to mention unmanned and uncreated gods, in order keep the girl safe. In the end, Taggert will have to use more than his power, he has to delve into his heart and soul to survive.”

(goodreads)

Are you joining #weirdathon? Also, I’d love some recommendations for diverse weird fiction, let me know in the comments!