Hi Gemmies! My name is Ursula and I make jewelry, love reading, am a diversity in books champion, and undercover unicorn. There are so many things that I am passionate about, but my love for reading started at an early age, when my parents taught me to read when I was just three years old.
Back then my favorite book was Jenny and the Cat Club. I was obsessed with the dancing cat named Alice Feather Legs. After my parents received a third call from the principal, that their daughter "borrowed" the book again, they decided they better take me to buy my own copy. That turned into a Saturday morning tradition, where I would be set loose in Barnes and Noble to pick up my next read. And trust me when I tell you, I read EVERYTHING.
My absolute favorite genre is Afro Futurism/SyFy/Fantasy. But, It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I actually found books featuring characters of color, written by authors of color. Reading Minion by the late L.A. Banks was a pivotal moment for me. I was amazed that I found an action packed book with magic, creatures, and a heroine that looked like me! It was a total game changer. I didn't realize how much I needed to read a book that had a main character I can relate to. I became obsessed with finding stories with diverse characters and sharing my finds with others.
I created this site to help spread awareness of these literary gems and help expend some of my creative energy. If I can turn just one person into an avid reader, it's worth it! This is a fun safe place to converse on all things bookish. You love yourself now love your shelf! Welcome to my site!