COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Saadia Faruqi, author of A Thousand Questions

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Today I’m bringing you another Middle Grade book. Well, I’m not literally bringing you the book, rather I’m bringing you a pretty awesome interview with Saadia Faruqi, author of A THOUSAND QUESTIONS, a heartfelt story about friendship, family, identity, and how even people who could not be the farthest away from each other can come together and create tight knit bonds. If you like middle grade, I HIGHLY recommend this one! If you live in the US, you can already snag it at the bookstore, if you’re in the UK you have to wait a little bit longer, for November 12th! I’ll leave you with the interview now:

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Cemetery boys – Introduction to the book that now owns my soul

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Publication date : September 1st, 2020

Publisher : Swoon Reads | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy, romance

Page Count: 352

Synopsis: Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.  (from Goodreads)

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How I set-up my Notion space + free templates

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This post is sorta kinda super late because I promised it would be up a couple days after my Notion space tour video went up and…nothing. I could go on about how busy and overwhelmed and overworked I have been and that is why the post is so late but I don’t think you’re here to hear about any of that. So instead, I’m going to dive right into the actual post: Telling you the step by step thought process behind my Notion space, how I set it up and providing you with templates for some (most) of my pages as well as answering some of the most asked questions I had when I posted my video.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: a Uptown Collection playlist by Ruby Lang

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I’m so thrilled to share today’s post with you because it’s another playlist! and for a book I’m looking forward to reading! I have Ruby Lang over on my blog sharing a playlist for her new release THE UPTOWN COLLECTION. This is actually a paperback collection of three of her stories that were previously releases digitally:

  • Playing House: fake dating turned real.
  • Open House: an intense rivalry turned love.
  • House Rules: second chance and forced proximity? Delicious.

And I’m honestly so excited to read it, not only because all three stories sound up my alley but also because a few of my trusty romance reading friends have read and loved the stories and I want in on the uptown love. I’m most definitely going to be listening to this playlist while I read.

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BLOG TOUR: Blazewrath Games – Dragons, magical sports tournaments and the Big Big Bad

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Publication date : October 6th, 2020

Publisher : Page Street Kids | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Julie Abe, author of Eva Evergreen semi-magical witch

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Today I’m bringing you an interview with Julie Abe, the author EVA EVERGREEN SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH, otherwise known as one of the cutest and most heartwarming middle grades I’ve had the pleasure to read. This book follows a little witch who only has a pinch of magic and is trying to do the most with, which doesn’t always work in her favor. This is also a story of so much more, which you’ll get to find about if you continue reading. I found myself getting emotional by the end of the book and can’t wait to see where Eva’s head out to next. But without further ado, here is the interview!

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Lara T. Kareem, author Not Just Another Interlude

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You know how a lot of the book we read in the community are US centric? Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that. But, if you’re an international reader it gets tiring and frustrating with time. So if you’ve hit one of those times, FRET NOT, I have the book for you. Lara T. Kareem wrote a romance centering Nigerian main characters fully set in Lagos, Nigeria. And I am here today to interview her about her new release, NOT JUST AN INTERLUDE to put it on your radar if it’s not on it already.

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Book blogging vs. booktube – pros, cons and thoughts

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Today’s post topic is one that has been on my mind for a little while now, so I was really happy when it ended up being chosen by my patrons for the month of September. Now that I’ve spent over a year making videos regularly, and five years blogging, I feel like I am equipped enough to discuss both. Not only as their separate platforms but side to side, comparing not only the platforms themselves but also the workload, the opportunities, all of that through the lens of my own experiences. Although some of the things I am planning to tackle are facts, some other things might just be my own preferences.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights

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I’m here today with one of my most anticipated releases and I’m sure…one of yours as well. I’m bringing you an interview with Chloe Gong, the author of These Violent Delights, one of the very few books that completely destroyed me this year (where do I send my therapy bill?). If you’re looking forward to this book, you’re in for a treat, and if for some reason you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re ALSO in for a treat and here is why: These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliette retelling set in 1920s Shanghai where two gangs are not only fighting each other but also a mysterious monster that’s spreading a plague through their ranks, and city.

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The #Ownvoices label has lost its way

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This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write it for the past month or so but it just never seemed to happen, something always got in the way or time got away from me but here I am today, talking about all the ways in which I love and hate the label Ownvoices. Ownvoices is a label that I used to love but that I slowly grew to resent, nowadays, it makes me cringe more often than not. And that only tells me one thing: This word has strayed very far away from what it was intended to be.

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