- Where’s the Diversity? The NY Times Top 10 Bestsellers List – “Only three out of the 124 authors who appeared on the list during 2012 are people of color” And one of them is E.L. James, who’s apparently half Chilean. They follow up their infographic with an interview with author Charles Yu.
As we near the end of the 2013, we enter the season when major newspapers and magazines release their “Best of [enter year] lists”. So naturally we were curious about the level of representation of authors of color in last year’s New York Times Top 10 Bestsellers list. We chose to look at their most general bestsellers list, Combined Print & E-Book Fiction (adult), and looked at the top ten books for all 52 weeks of 2012. The results were staggering, if not surprising in light of our past Diversity Gap studies of The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, the children’s book industry, and US politics, where we analyzed multi-year samplings and found a disturbingly consistent lack of diversity.
- 10 Amazing Women Who Led Rebellions – I’m apparently the worst graduate of a history BA program ever, because I hadn’t heard of any of these women or the events they played a role in. What I don’t know about history that isn’t (Western) European could fill an ocean.
Male revolutionaries such as Che Guevara have gone down as heroes for leading rebellions against “the Man.” But forgotten by history are the women who took on far greater powers than Fulgencio Batista. Throughout the ages, women have led rebellions and revolutions which took on the might of the Roman Empire and the vast wealth of the British East India Company.
- Annoucing the 2014 TBR Challenge! – Wendy the Super Librarian is totally one of my favorite romance bloggers, and she’s posted the themes and dates for next year’s TBE Challenge. I’m tempted to put in this year, for a change.
What is the TBR Challenge? Simply put, it’s where readers pick up a long neglected book from their TBR pile, read it, and comment on that read on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The idea is to read those long neglected books that you just had to get your hands on at the time, but have been languishing in your pile, all lost and forgotten.
- #fatmicroaggressions – Feminist blogger Melissa McEwan started the hashtag #fatmicroaggressions for people to share the thoughtless comments they face for daring to exist while fat.
#fatmicroaggressions “You know, when I look at you, I see a beautiful person trapped in all that fat.” From my ‘best friend.’
— Shoshana Kessock (@ShoshanaKessock) December 11, 2013
My nana– “I got you a weight watchers membership for christmas” I was 10. #fatmicroaggressions
— Alyssa Kirschling (@akirschl) December 12, 2013
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.