#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: A Brown girl thinking about Books

 

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Look at the sky and scrunch up your eyes.

Now, what do you see?

You know what I see? I see myriad skies at once – orange sprouting grey tufts, blue gilded gold, a sombre red grouching very noticeably. I sense words trickle through my mind – a brazen shower of emotions and thoughts.

I see the skies I’ve read. Continue reading

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Not Even Bones – The dark book that keeps on getting darker

Not Even Bones

Series: Market of Monsters #1

Publication date : September 4th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : HMH Teen

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy – Thriller

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster. (From Goodreads) Continue reading

Blanca & Roja – Breathtaking Swan Lake meets Snow white & Rose red

 

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Publication date : October 9th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Feiwel & Friends | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Magical Realism

Page Count: 384

Synopsis :The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan. Continue reading

How Books helped me acknowledge my trauma

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Hello friends,

In today’s programming is another episode of “Fadwa overshares”. I would say I’m sorry but uuuuhhh… I really am not. I love pouring my heart into the virtual pages of my blog because I recently (as in the last year) found out that it’s extremely cathartic for me to just put it all into words without necessarily talking to anyone in particular. But also, in the hopes that someone who needs these words reads them and feels less alone. So I’ll continue doing what I do, and I hope you all get something out of it.

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Odd One Out – A Masterpiece of Messy Feelings and Relationships

Odd one out

Publication date : October 9th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Crown Books | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . .
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5 Stars Predictions: Books on my priority TBR

 

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Hello friends!

If you’ve read my wrap-up then you know that this is going to be a new bimonthly feature I’m adding to the blog where I’ll -try to- choose a theme for every post and choose books that fall Under said theme that I think I will be rating 5 stars. For this post I chose books that are on my “READ THEM RIGHT NOW DAMN IT TBR”, or in less screamy words: My priority TBR. Books that I’m either dying to read but somehow never got around to or books that are on their way to me right now that I know I’ll read as soon as they’re here.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I know, I KNOW, I’m the worst. I’ve owned this book since last december and just…never picked it up and I honestly do not have a legitimate reason other than I kept pushing it off until June or July, I think? and then I made the conscious decision to read it right before watching the movie, so IT’S HAPPENING FOLKS, I’m reading this book this month. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan is one I’ve been hearing extremely amazing things about. All my friends adore it so of course I want to join them in their love. I meant to read it right when I got it but it’s quite heavy and my mental health wasn’t the best so I kept postponing it until now. I’m actually buddy-reading this one next week with my friend, Em @ Runaway with Dream Thieves.

These next two I preordered a couple weeks ago and I’M SO HYPED. Both are ownvoices Asian fantasy books. First up is The Storyteller by Traci Chee, and GKFLDLSLSM I NEED IT NOW!!! It’s the third and last instalment in The Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy, I loved The Reader, adored The Speaker and with how that one ended and all the teasers the author has been giving, I just need this one. I need to know my babies are okay. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is one I’ve been trying to get my hand on the arc of for MONTHS now but it just never happened, from what I’ve heard, it’s brutal and brilliant and has sapphic asian girls in it. So really, I don’t need to know more than that.

 

 

A lil backstory about The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. My friend, Andrea, and I have the exact same taste in Fantasy books, all her top favourite books are mine as well, so a few months ago she read it and DMed me yelling about how much she loved it and that I should read it ASAP, she even went and got me a copy, that’s how much she wanted me to get to it haha, but again, this is a very heavy book so I didn’t get to it but I’m committing myself to reading it before the end of the year. A Reaper at the Gates, on the other hand, is one I haven’t read yet out of sheer fear, Sabaa Tahir terrifies me and I’ve heard this one will destroy me so I’m just in happy denial about it. That being said, it’s also one I’m committing myself to reading before the end of 2018.

The last two, are books by authors who wrote some of my favourite books of all time. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee is one I’ve been meaning to buy for over a year now and I finally ordered it a couple weeks ago (along with my own physical copy of Under a Painted Sky, FINALLY), it’s historical fiction set in early 20th century, in an all girls private school in San Francisco around the time it’s hit by a huge earthquake. Yes, please. I’m also slowly making my way through all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and One True Loves is next on the list. It just sounds so heartbreaking as well as something that will feed my soul so I’m excited to get to it.


That’s it until next time.

Have you rated any of these books 5 stars?

What are some books on your TBR you think will be 5 star reads for you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To sum-up: September 2018

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Hello friends!

You’re not dreaming, I’M POSTING A WRAP-UP!!! I haven’t posted one since… uh… June. So, three months. Well, to be fair, I’ve barely done any blogging since then. But anyway, I’M HERE AND BACK AT IT. This month was actually and objectively a good one on all fronts! Continue reading

Sadie – Twisted, haunting and heartbreaking

 

Sadie

Publication date : September 4th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Wednesday Books | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Thriller

Page Count: 311

Synopsis : Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.
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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Exclusivity and #Bookstagram

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When I first joined the online book community in the middle of last year it was an exciting time. Having been a lifelong reader it was amazing to have this space where I could connect with other readers and enthuse over my favourite books with others.

It’s still that amazing space but there are elements that I hadn’t considered then, that are apparent now. There is a lot of work that goes into blogging, not just the time it takes to read but the act of reviewing, cross posting reviews and maintaining one or more social media accounts. Continue reading

The Navigator’s Touch – The Captain Hook companion to the Little Mermaid

The Navigator's Touch

Series: The Seafarer’s Kiss #2

Publication date : September 13th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Interlude Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 256

Synopsis : After invaders destroyed her village, murdered her family, and took her prisoner, shield-maiden Ragna is hungry for revenge. A trained warrior, she is ready to fight for her home, but with only a mermaid and a crew of disloyal mercenaries to aid her, Ragna knows she needs new allies. Guided by the magical maps on her skin, battling storms and mutiny, Ragna sets sail across the Northern Sea. Continue reading