Book Haul, Religious Book Reviews, Etc.

Final 2017 Book Haul / Blog Maintenance / About Reviewing Religious Books

Earlier this month we went on a little book-buying spree.  Since I started book blogging, I’ve been overbuying, so this will be the last book purchase of 2017, with only one (possible) exception.  I’ve still got library cards and plenty of books at home that I haven’t read or reviewed yet, so this won’t make much of a difference to the blog.

We also got some picture books and other books that aren’t in this photo.  Most of the picture books have been read now, all the graphic novels, and about half of the books pictured.  A few I’ve even started reviews on.

2017 October Book Haul resized

From top to bottom:
Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm.
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham.
Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance by Wendy Hart Beckman.
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins.
A Special Fate by Alison Leslie Gold.
Black Diamond by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.
Free At Last by Angela Bull.
10 Days Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Colbert.
Kaiulani: Crown Princess of Hawai’i by Nancy Webb and Jean Francis Webb.
Nelson Mandela “No Easy Walk to Freedom” by Barry Denenberg.
Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists by Lynda Jones, illustrated by Ron Garnett.
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers.
President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.


For those of you who read these sorts of maintenance posts, I’ve added a few new pages and moved some things around.  I finally created a listing of all my reviews by author and illustrator.  The main reason was so I could more easily see if anyone who should be a tag wasn’t yet, but it may be of use for you as well.

I also updated some of my other pages.  Lately my 100 Indigenous Books project page has been getting a lot of views, which reminded me to keep working on that goal!


After a lot of thought, I also made a decision that may upset some readers, although you won’t see the effects of it until January-ish (I’m still figuring out timing of scheduled posts around the holidays).

In the past I’ve reviewed a few religious books, mainly novels with religious main characters.  However, I’ve been really leery of reviewing books about religion.  Part of this is that I’ve noticed a trend, where every time I tag a book with Christian, a bunch of people follow me only to unfollow after my next LGBTQ post.  Usually I quietly lose one or two people with each religious post as well.

But I do read many religious books, mainly different Christian books and also a good amount from a Tibetian Buddhist perspective.  It seems a shame not to review some of these books.  So from now on I’ll be reviewing some religious books that are also diverse in some other way (either a minority religion, or if Christian, a book dealing with other minority aspects).  Since I’m an American, I’ll be considering a book minority if the religion is a minority here, although Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism are majority religions in other parts of the world.

The main reason I mention this is I’m planning a few religion-based theme weeks (one on Islam is already set up, and two on other topics will be following in 2018).  If you didn’t notice the change already, you’ll probably become aware of it then.

My regular blogging will continue just as before.  These are books I’m already reading, so aside from the occasional theme week, it should just mean more reviews!


Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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