Who do you see in the mirror? Who am I to you?
Having found my first experience of feeling seen and represented in a book at the age of 28 in the Ms. Marvel series (G. Willow Wilson, if you are reading this, you’re my hero), I found myself intensely invested in diverse literature and representation within fiction.
I’ve been a bookworm since I could read at the tender age of 5 and they’ve always been my escape and my happy place. But only in the last 5 years have I finally been able to see people who look like me in these books without them being exoticized, lampooned or treated as some strange creature from another planet.
With that in mind, I’ve created this blog as a place to hold all the beautiful diverse works I come across and give in depth reviews on. After working in a library trying to find diverse books for children, I know how hard it can be sometimes to find something that really fits for what you need.
But I’m hoping this blog will begin to fill a space of collating a wide range of diverse works, with an anti-oppression lens added to illustrate some of what’s most important about representation.
If you’re looking to have your book reviewed or have an ARC you want an opinion on, send it my way! I love new works and new authors.
Here’s to new endeavors and new worlds where we are seen and can be seen.
-a few logistical notes
- Anything with spoilers will be noted. Any review with no note is spoiler free.
- I will endeavor to provide content warnings. If you are concerned about a particular trigger, feel free to contact me on twitter @ShivaniSWriting and I can provide information on whether the book might include something related.
- I receive no compensation other than ARC’s and kudos for this work. So please, don’t get upset when I take some time to get to books. I love this work too but bills exist.