Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity / Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity / Diverse Characters, whether they are culturally diverse, LGBGTQ+, disabled, or of colour.

The definition of “diverse” for the purpose of this post is that of the WNDB: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

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How to: set up your Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Hello my lovelies!

After my blog post about the Midori Traveler’s Notebook on Thursday, I have been asked by one of my lovely followers how the notebooks are actually connected inside the Midori.

I admit that it confused me at first as well.  It took me a while to figure it out, but once you get it, it will seem so logical. However, it is easier to just show you, rather than explain it in a long and complicated blog post, and I figured this how to guide would be of interest to a few of you. So I made a little video that shows how to add inserts to your MTN.

The video below shows you how to add three or more notebooks to your Midori. If your notebooks are really thin, you might even squeeze six or eight in there, by simply repeating the same steps. When adding an odd number of inserts,  add the last one like book 3 in the video. Midori brand elastics are rather thick, so the thinner the elastic you use, the less bulky your stack of inserts will be!

I also just realised that this is the first time you lot (except the two followers who know me in real life) will hear me speak. While I do absolutely everything from reading to writing and thinking in English, I currently live in Germany and I haven’t really had a chance to speak English for more than two sentences in quite a while, so to my own ears, I sound cringe-worthy. “Voice for print media” as some of my fellow journalism students would say, just like some people have a “face for radio.” It’s also the middle of the night here, so if my voice sounds a bit rough, that’s why.

But I hope the video is easy enough to follow.

If We Were Having Coffee… On July 17

Hello my lovelies!

It’s great to see you for the Weekend Coffee Share!

First of all I want to thank everyone who came by last week and celebrated my birthday with me! My British-themed party was a success!

If we were having coffee today you’d notice right away I’m late to the party and we’d meet in town, grabbing a coffee to go. I’d apologise profusely, but I simply do not have time this weekend. I’m trying to catch up on uni stuff and it’s not going as well as I’d hoped and I need all the time I can get.

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In Memoriam: Adam – one year on

Today a year ago, I lost a friend.

Adam was the youngest of my course mates at university. A year ago, he passed away, a young man in his prime. I still don’t know what actually caused his death.

What I do know is that, when news of his passing broke to the group, there was an outpouring of love. It moved me to see how this kid had touched the lives of so many. He was well-liked, as anyone with an Adam-anecdote to share will tell you.

Initial plans were hatched to create a memorial magazine for people who wanted to share what Adam meant to them. I was volunteered as editor, mainly because I do have the software needed. However, responses were abysmal, and some of Adam’s friends tried to prevent others of the group sharing their stories because “Adam wouldn’t have cared about them.” But everybody deals with grief differently, and I would never tell someone they weren’t allowed to grief or share their memories, just because it would piss someone off.

I came under attack as well, from the same people. Cultural differences were glaringly obvious. I come from a place where “life goes on.” You mourn, but you move on. You celebrate the life of the deceased, you share stories far and wide, at the wake and beyond. The memorial magazine was meant to be a written version of those anecdotes that are revealed at wakes. Everyone’s favourite memories. I was accused of profiteering from a “vanity project” (it would have been for free, and I was the only one with layout software) and basically “not grieving right/enough, and not giving it time” and Adam’s “real friends” (read: him) didn’t like the idea. Everybody grieves differently. So I kindly told that person to shove it, and explained that just because my culture deals with death differently, doesn’t mean I’m not mourning a friend.

It’s not a competition.

Two days ago was the fifth anniversary of my graduation. Adam dropped out halfway through our final year. Moving away, we lost touch a bit. But whether we spoke or not in the time leading up to his passing, I considered him a friend to the end. I have no idea whether the same was true for him, but I like to think it was.

Here’s what I wrote about him a year ago: Continue reading In Memoriam: Adam – one year on

My Midori Traveler’s Notebook – all ready to go!

A while back, I posted about contemplating whether I should splurge on a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. You see, I always have a notebook on me, if not two or more. So a nice leather-bound one sounded perfect to this stationery lover.

I ordered it, and got it in early June. But it wasn’t quite ready yet – I wanted to customise it a bit, make it mine.  But now it’s finally ready and about to go on its first trip with me. You’ve seen me put goals every week of designing templates – well, let me give you a walk-through and show you some of my DIY inserts.

This is my Midori Traveler’s Notebook set-up:

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The (very secret and highly sinister) Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

*looks around to check whether people are following her*
*lurks around the British Library entrance*
*whistles nonchalantly*
*flashes handwritten sign*

“I’ll be there!”

*goes back to whistling*

TanGental

I’m writing this post in a whisper because I fear I may be overheard. Have you seen this?

blog award

It’s been creeping across the web like a virus.  First it hit England, here. Sacha was Seduced by its Siren Sounds. People wondered if it could be true. We’d dreamt of this day since we set up out blogs but could it be true? It spread to Wales, here… Hugh’s High Hopes soared. Was it real? And it crossed the Irish Sea, here… Ali Aliterated Assiduously, but still the question remained…

Was this for real? That has always been our question, people. Could it truly be the case that this is a forum for flesh and blood humans to meet or is it our worst fear realised, that some sort of three dimensional construct of someone’s imagination has been set free to snare us. If we turn up at…

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