[Hear Me Out] What Do I Mean When I Talk About Reading Diverse Books As A Diverse Reader?

I get asked a lot of questions about this blog/book portal. No, wait–I don’t get asked a lot of questions. What I actually do is field a lot of random assumptions about what Equal Opportunity Reader is, who I am, what I think, and what my political stances may or may not be. I don’tContinue reading “[Hear Me Out] What Do I Mean When I Talk About Reading Diverse Books As A Diverse Reader?”

[HEAR ME OUT] I Am What Is And What Could Be: A Quick Thought On Why I Write What I Write and Read What I Read

The following post is an edited version of a rant on the Equal Opportunity Facebook. Follow it for lots of bookish news updates and rants. “Fourteen years ago, during my first year of college, I sat in a creative writing class and listened as my teacher, an elderly man, told another student not to useContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] I Am What Is And What Could Be: A Quick Thought On Why I Write What I Write and Read What I Read”

[HEAR ME OUT] Less Announcing, Less Buying, More Enjoyment: My Reading Plans for 2021

It’s pretty simple, really. Last year, I read $611.23 worth of books. That’s a lot of money. Then again, it doesn’t seem so when you realize that I read 122 books last year. That’s roughly 5 dollars per book, so–not so bad. When you add in the fact that libraries have been closed due toContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] Less Announcing, Less Buying, More Enjoyment: My Reading Plans for 2021”

[HEAR ME OUT] Eric Jerome Dickey, in Memoriam

It was a shock to wake up this morning and discover that best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey has passed away at the relatively young age of 59. I read a lot of Dickey in my 20s, and the news really rocked me–he was a Black cultural institution of sorts, and his work had a hugeContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] Eric Jerome Dickey, in Memoriam”

[I’m A Writer] Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology

(Check out this anthology HERE.) So this is a little different than the usual fare around here, if only because I’m in the book that this post is about. Yes, that’s me staring at you from the photo above, and the book I’m holding has a little story to it that I’d like to elaborateContinue reading “[I’m A Writer] Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology”

[HEAR ME OUT] Girl, Where You Been?; A Quick Apology

Things I intended to do over the last four and a half weeks: Review Gideon The Ninth, See No Stranger, Pussy Prayers and a bevy of self-published children’s books featuring little Black and Brown children being great. Do a big long overthink discussing the recent surge of creativity in African science fiction, Africanfuturism and Afrodystopia,Continue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] Girl, Where You Been?; A Quick Apology”

[HEAR ME OUT] Why I Link to Bookshop Instead of Amazon

One of the questions I’m often asked in my Facebook page inbox is “why do you always share Bookshop links, and not Amazon?” I figure now is as good a time as any to answer that question. Let me start by saying I’m not on the self-righteous cancel train at ALL when it comes toContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] Why I Link to Bookshop Instead of Amazon”

[HEAR ME OUT] These Blues Ain’t New: Why I’m Not Busy Posting Big Black Booklists or Anti-Racist Manifestos

Look. We’re all on the internet right now, so let’s not pretend I need to explain the current atmosphere to you. George Floyd was murdered by a police officer on May 25th and sparked a brushfire that soon roared into a full on inferno, sparking protests and demonstrations across not only the USA but theContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] These Blues Ain’t New: Why I’m Not Busy Posting Big Black Booklists or Anti-Racist Manifestos”

[HEAR ME OUT] A Thought On Injustice and Lost Voices…

(This post is an edited Facebook post. Follow EQR on FB blah blah etc.) If you haven’t gathered from the About Me page or some of my posts, I’m a Black American, living abroad. This blog is about books, not me, so I don’t talk about my own experiences often. My day job and lifeContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] A Thought On Injustice and Lost Voices…”

[HEAR ME OUT] It’s Aight: A long thought about what Legacy of Orisha means for Black spec-fic writers…

Back in 2019, long before COVID-19 roamed the earth and drove us all inside brandishing cans of Lysol, the bookish internet was abuzz with news of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I couldn’t check social media without seeing 50-11 posts anticipating the book and after putting a poll up on the Equal OpportunityContinue reading “[HEAR ME OUT] It’s Aight: A long thought about what Legacy of Orisha means for Black spec-fic writers…”