Diversity Reading Challenge

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

I don’t want to say too much about Half the Sky because I feel like I can’t say enough about the book and the cause it represents.


So I’m going to say very little. What I will say echoes something Oprah has said for decades: being born a girl in the United States is about the luckiest place you can be born.  Oprah doesn’t quite say it like that but you’ll get my meaning. Girls and young women (and often boys) are tricked and sold and forced into sex slavery, prostitution, and forced to suffer other unbearable inhuman ways of life. The book made me angry and it made me cry. Sex trafficking is a thing that must be stopped.

I’m not exactly sure what I can do as one person but because I wanted to feel like I was doing something, I found a site called and they sell pants called punjammies. These punjammies are pants sewn by women who have come from similar backgrounds. The average pair of paints sells for approx $60. I bought a pair that I love and plan to buy more.

Please read this book and know that trafficking is not just in underdeveloped countries. Remember that Ellen Hopkins’ books called Trick is about teens trafficked in the Las Vegas area, although it does happen in other cities as well. We owe children a better life than this. We’ve got to do better.

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Banned Books

Banned Books Week-Day 2



8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

 Click the link for My review . Why this book is on the banned book list every year is beyond mystifying.


7.  The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is one of those books you need to read more than once to appreciate
the many facets of this beautiful story of two young friends.

This book is always on the list, it seems, for these reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
I dunno.  This book is real world. Again, what age group are you giving this to?

Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts?  If you’re just now getting around to either, they qualify for the Diversity Challenge also.



Books Young Adult

I am Malala


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

When you finish a book like I Am Malala you feel different.  As for me, I feel empowered, stupid, gluttonous, educated, angry and a host of other emotions.  Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about everything, then I read Malala’s story and realized that not only don’t I know everything, some of the things I think I know are INCORRECT.

You’d think based on what you’re hearing from the news that Malala’s people from the Swat Valley of Pakistan are a group of angry and militant people. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Yousafzai tribe (hence her last name) are very religious people who live conservatively and don’t want to harm others.  It wasn’t until the Russians and the US got involved that things became difficult over there.

So here you have a young girl, much like any young girl, who just wants to go to school. As you know, she was shot for wanting all girls to have an opportunity to go to school.  Isn’t that crazy? Wanting something so simple that we take for granted: education. Because she spoke out for girls she became targeted because those in charge (government? terrorists? religious zealots?) saw her as a threat.

While I’m very happy that she has survived and enlightened us with her plight, I am saddened and outraged that many girls in the East don’t have the same opportunities to go to school that my own little daughter had. Let’s not forget that just a century ago, my little one would have gone to a segregated school, if at all, so the similarities in women’s rights are astonishingly similar.

Malala is a powerful story, one that everyone should read. I am Malala. You are Malala.

Malala is every girl.


Did you read it? Share your thoughts below!




King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

If there was ever a book that combined everything I love about reading this is it! Taking place in Lahore, young Malik and his sibs participate in the annual kite festival.  What I love about this book is that young Malik is in a wheelchair! I love that he is differently abled and while his representation is noted it’s not THE thing that the book hangs on. He’s just a boy who’s wicked good at flying a kite. 90 thousand star rating.

I love this book so much I thought I’d share it with you in a reading. Wanna see it? Check out the illustrations, they are GORGEOUS!

Isn’t that the best story ever?

Thank you Lee & Low for this book!



WANT: I am Malala book out soon for KIDS!

So…I just heard that I am Malala will be out soon (August) for young readers!


What an important story and now it’s better and for younger readers.


Plus I‘m pretty sure I want to hug her and squeeze her and dress like her cuz she’s totally AMAZING.