Armchair BEA Day Four

9c73f-armchairbea3Hey y’all!It’s Grace and because I can’t attend BookExpo America this year, I’m doing Armchair BEA! If you didn’t see my post yesterday kicking off the week with an introduction and talking about literature, you can check it out here. You can check out day two - about author interactions and audiobooks - here, and day three - about expanding blogging horizons and short stories - here.For those of y’all who haven’t seen it in previous years, Armchair BEA is the virtual version of the conference we know and love. While those in NYC can mingle around and meet new bloggers in person, the rest of us still make the effort to come together online and chat about the upcoming releases, trends, and love for books that makes BookExpo so special.Today’s topic for Day Four of Armchair BEA (and the first day of actual BookExpo America up in New York) is about beyond the borders, a continuation of the diversity in YA discussion.

Beyond the Borders

I love reading travel books. If a character goes to an exotic place or other country, I'm immediately drawn to the story. I've gotten to the point where I'm easily comfortable reading about books that take place in Prague, Italy, New Zealand (actually, about the last one, I haven't read any that take place there but I'd LOVE t0). What I've really been challenging myself to do since I've read books that take place in diverse places is to read books about diverse people.I'm relatively shy when it comes to that. I'm confident in my own opinions but, unless it relates to standing up for somebody, I'd rather not offend anyone or be obnoxious in speaking about things that I really don't know enough to speak about. A lot of the topics and issues that make young adult diverse in the viewpoint of many are things that I'm not familiar with; I'm white, I'm a girl, I'm a Christian. Recently, my challenge to myself has been to read books from characters who have different perspectives than mine.If you're looking for a good LGBT read, I highly recommend Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. It's one of my favorite books of the year. Between its lovely writing, stunning characters, and cinematic romance, I completely fell in love with it. Even better? Despite being a LGBT, it doesn't use that as the point of the entire plot. The main character is a lesbian. It's a simple characteristic of a complex character, and that's how it should be.What diverse books do y'all like? Any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know!