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Meet Ishita

When I was four, I was a flower girl in my aunt’s wedding. Trouble was, I really didn’t want to walk down the aisle. It was only after my mom promised me that I could sit and read a new book during the ceremony that I relented. To this day, my aunt has the picture of me curled up in a chair in my flower girl outfit reading instead of paying any attention to the ceremony. 

That’s how I’ve always been, perfectly content to curl up for hours on end in a chair with a good book for company. A good book for me is one that has an engaging plot and diverse characters. For this, I’ve been drawn towards sci-fi and fantasy since their characters are less limited by the normal conventions of humanity. I also love YA for their commitment towards #OwnVoices literature; as a woman of color myself, I think it’s so important to have heroes and heroines that reflect the diversity of America. However, I think any genre has the capability of being great, from children’s books to romance to literary fiction, so I don’t limit myself by genre.