Book Blogger Hop - 7th to 13th August


Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc)? 
If yes, do you have any book recommendations? 

Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?

submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte


I’m of the opinion I can always use more diversity in my reading.

The books below I have read or listened too, I have loved them all, some are colourful, some are humorous and some are dark but they all a fantastic reads.  

I’d love to hear if you have any other recommendations, there are so many out there to choose from.

Keisha Lewis mourned the loss of her wife, Alice, who disappeared two years ago. There was a search, there was grief beyond what she thought was possible. There was a funeral.

But then Keisha began to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America.

Alice isn’t dead. And she is showing up at the scene of every tragedy in the country.

Keisha shrugs off her old life and hits the road as a trucker - hoping on some level that travelling the length of the country will lead her to the person she loves.

What she finds are buried crimes and monsters (both human and unimaginable), government conspiracies, haunted service stations and a darkness far older than the highway system it lies beneath.

Inspired by the eponymous podcast, Alice Isn’t Dead is a story about loving, about searching - and about the courage you need when what you find is terrifyingly unexpected.

19 year-old Chani lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of North West London. She has never had physical contact with a man, but is bound to marry a stranger. The rabbi's wife teaches her what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own questions to answer. Soon buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface in a story of liberation and choice; not to mention what happens on the wedding night.

AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been overtaken by a demanding teaching job. Her boisterous Muslim family, and numerous (interfering) aunties, are professional naggers. And her flighty young cousin, about to reject her one hundredth marriage proposal, is a constant reminder that Ayesha is still single.
Ayesha might be a little lonely, but the one thing she doesn't want is an arranged marriage. And then she meets Khalid... How could a man so conservative and judgmental (and, yes, smart and annoyingly handsome) have wormed his way into her thoughts so quickly? 
As for Khalid, he's happy the way he is; his mother will find him a suitable bride. But why can't he get the captivating, outspoken Ayesha out of his mind? They're far too different to be a good match, surely...

In 1978 the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a growth of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership. One man dared to challenge their effort and thwart attempts to take over the city, Police Detective Ron Stallworth. He launched an undercover investigation into the Klan, gained membership into the organization, briefly served as Duke's bodyguard, and was eventually asked to be the leader of the Colorado Springs chapter. The irony of this investigation was that Stallworth is… A Black man. In the process he battled internal departmental politics to successfully pull off this "sting." Black Klansman explains how he overcame these obstacles and accomplished this almost unbelievable unique achievement. 

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with "tv executives slash amateur astrologers" while being a "cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person," "with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees," who still hides past due bills under her pillow.


  1. Those look like some great recommendations. I don't always actively seek out diversity - I read what I enjoy - but I don't turn away from it either.

  2. Ayesha is a favorite of mine. I was so invested in that story from beginning to end.

  3. I'm usually concerned with finding a good story first, but often the books I choose to read are also written by diverse authors, which is a win win😁

  4. I love reading diverse books and I actively look out for them. But that doesn't mean I rate them better for the diversity quotient.

  5. Thanks for the recommendations. I read a wide range of genres and have been delighted to find diversity within them.

  6. Have you listened to the original podcast for Alice Isn't Dead? It's so good - and a little different than the book as well. :)

    1. I hadn’t but I’ve just downloaded it, it certainly gives it a different edge as it has all the sound effects.

  7. My answer to the question is no, I don't seek out books with diversity. I pick books with blurbs that appeal to me based on plot. I don't see much diversity in the books I read due to my preference for horror, apocalypse and urban fantasy. I don't read contemporary, relationship angst, romance, crime or YA so diversity is rarely on my radar in fiction. I'm not bothered one way or another about the characters in my books being diverse or not as long as I like them!

  8. It's a good start, recognizing that you could read more diverse :)

  9. I'll read anything that catches my eye but I share your opinion I could always do with some more diversity in my reading.

    I think part of the problem with diverse books is visibility (or lack thereof) which is a damn shame as so many gems remain partially buried. :(
    I'm trying to be better at seeking them out rather than almost waiting for them to come to my attention the way my other reads naturally do... I'm lucky though that my blogging circle is rich with diverse readers so I'm seeing more and more (and adding them to the TBR pile if the story appeals!) :)

    1. I’m the same they are so many good bloggers who read wonderful books, its great to pick up some gems from them.

  10. I don't actively seek out diversity, I'm just looking for a good story. However, while looking at my shelves to answer this question, I see that some authors are better at including diverse characters than others.
    Great recommendations, Heather!


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