MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Being a white passing Muslim in a White Privilege world

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Salaams friends,

Welcome to Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post. On this blog post, author Nadine Jolie Courtney will be talking all about her experience as a white passing Muslim woman in a world that puts white people above all else. It’s a very open and honest piece that I really encourage everyone to read until the end. Continue reading

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NOT YOUR BACKUP BLOG TOUR + Book Aesthetic

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Publication date : June 1st, 2019

Publisher : Duet Books Interlude Press

Genre : Young Adult | Science fiction

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, she isn’t always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when that’s done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – My relationship with my faith and sexuality (on asexuality)

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Salaams friends,

Welcome to Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post. Today’s post is by one of my favourite humans ever, my dear friend and romance author, Em Ali, and they’re here to share a personal piece about their relationship with faith and their asexuality and let me tell you, it’s a great one that’s going to hit close to home for a lot of people. So without further ado, I’ll leave you with their words.

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: The “Hidden Gems”: Why are F/F romances so hard to find?

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Representation of the LGBTQ+ community in YA has come a long way since the dark ages. Or since the 2000s, when all we got was J. K. Rowling’s retconning of Dumbledore’s character and a couple of David Levithan’s books hidden away in the teen fiction section of the book store. But sometimes it feels like even when we’re making strides towards better representation of queer individuals, a large part of the community is being left out. Continue reading

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin – Excerpt + Cover Gush

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Hello friends!

Today’s post is a very special one because of how excited I am about FOUL IS FAIR sso I want to yell about it to anyone and everyone who wants to listen. I was extremely pumped for FOUL IS FAIR the minute it was announced but then, I read the first two chapters and fell head over heels for it, these two chapters are the kind that pull you into the story immediately and set the mood for the novel right off the bat. And that mood is rage, revenge, dark and stabby, and I’M HERE FOR IT!

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MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Navigating mental illness as Muslims

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Salaams friends,

Welcome to Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post. I am so incredibly excited to share today’s post, because it’s actually one I took part in. I was joined by a few of my Muslim sisters to talk all things navigating our mental illnesses as Muslims. This is the most I’ve ever shared about my mental illnesses talking to anyone…ever and the experience was incredible. Especially because of the fact that I was talking to people who could truly understand my experiences.

CW: Talk of mental illnesses, depression, anxiety, PTSD, anorexia, suicide, hospitalization, sexual assault.

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GOING OFF-SCRIPT BLOG TOUR + International giveaway

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Publication date : May 21st, 2019

Publisher : Swoon Reads | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – A glimpse at Black Muslim experiences

4- Black Muslim experiences

Welcome to Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post. Today on the blog, we’ve invited three people to talk about their experiences being Muslim and Black and hopefully start a very needed conversation in our community. Continue reading

Hello Anxiety, my old friend. – #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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Hello friends!

Since I started my blog, especially in the past year or so, I’ve talked in length about my anxiety, most times in wrap ups, sometimes in random posts when it felt relevant but I have never dedicated a post to it and so that’s what we’re doing today. Why, you ask? Because 1/ It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and 2/ my anxiety has been getting worse the past couple weeks or so after being very manageable and almost forgettable since mid-January. And let me tell you. No matter how many lows I have after a high, the lows will always fucking suck. There’s really no getting used to them. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Jewish Book Recommendations

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For the first seventeen years of my life, the only Jewish rep in books I ever saw were Holocaust books. While I do appreciate the value of such books and I do think it’s an important subject that needs to be written about, it got really frustrating to see the same narrative over and over again. As I am half-Jewish and identify as a cultural Jew,  it’s frustrating to see such a complex identity be reduced to simple terms.

When I finally found books that featured Jewish rep and weren’t Holocaust fiction, it was like a breath of fresh air. I still haven’t read that many but with everyone I read, I feel a catharsis that I didn’t even know I needed. So without further ado, here are some books with Jewish rep that I loved and books with Jewish rep that I can’t wait to read. Continue reading