Here at Bookish Brews you can always be sure that any book that you find here will be diverse in some way. Bookish Brews is working to center marginalized voices in publishing and celebrate and promote their success. I am especially looking to highlight BIPOC authors but our LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent friends or friends who identify with any other marginalized group are 100% welcome and celebrated here.
Bookish Brews started as a personal goal to decolonize my own bookshelf, but it very quickly turned into a passion for reading and celebrating diverse voices in literature. I firmly believe there is so much to be learned from reading books written by authors from different backgrounds and I want to share my journey with you. I would truly love nothing more but for you to come on this journey with me and help me celebrate incredible authors so we can continue shaping our own culture.
About the Reader
Hi, I’m Amanda! My journey into literature has given me the space and the peace to begin tackling the big personal question of identity. Reading books by authors with even marginally similar stories, backgrounds, identities as mine has given me the strength to fight to embrace and question my own identity. If Bookish Brews can help do the same for even just one person, then it is a worthy endeavor.
As a mixed Asian American book reviewer, I’m always inclined to read books by Asian authors. It’s something that I never had access to as a kid and so I can’t seem to get enough of feeling represented in books. Therefore I’m always looking for Southeast Asian representation in books. I also identify as mixed-race or biracial, so multiracial representation will always catch my eye. That being said, multiracial representation is how I am most worried about being misrepresented in books, so please be mindful.
My favorite genres are:
- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror (not too scary though)
- Contemporary romance
- Speculative fiction
- Literary fiction
I am open to other genres as well & all age groups
Genres I don’t typically enjoy:
- Books about war – basically any war America was involved in
- Short story collections **
** I do enjoy short story collections but I work part-time reading for a publication so it ends up being too much to do them for Bookish Brews
This is obviously very general and I often think that defining by genres and age groups can be more harmful than helpful. This is just to give you a general idea! Consider browsing this site to get a more general idea. I don’t post negative reviews so every book on here is something that caught my eye. If you want to look more specifically at the books that I enjoy, feel free to browse my Goodreads shelves, which will have a much more extensive look at books that have caught my eye.
I love chatting about books so feel free to message me on any of my social media channels or shoot me an email! You can find more contact information on the contact page. Happy reading!