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

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#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

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Muslim Fantasy authors in conversations

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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 I’m honored and happy and excited to have on the blog Nafiza Azad & Karuna Riazi, two Muslim authors I admire, while they talk to each other about all things fantasy, writing and representation Continue reading

Down the TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole

Hello friends!

It’s time again for another TBR purge! I, for some reason, have a lot of fun doing these, and find them super therapeutic. I like to pretend they help me get my TBR under control, but let’s be real, I add books MUCH faster than I get rid of them so uhhh. Not really. I console myself by thinking that it could be a lot lot lot worse. Right? RIGHT? Right.

This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – What drives me to write

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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. In today’s post, Muslim writers share what drives them to write, what started their passion and what keeps them going. It’s all really inspiring, if you ask me. Continue reading

YA books with “heavy” topics are necessary

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Hello friends!

Recently, there have been discussions popping up every now and then about what YA should and shouldn’t be, what it should and shouldn’t have, whether it should have sex, trauma, mental health or any other “heavy” topics, and ironically…most of them have been led by adults, whereas the targeted demography is teenagers. And yes, believe me I do see the second irony here, I am an adult too, so why am I talking about this? I will be speaking from my perspective and experience when I was a teen, which wasn’t that long ago considering that I’m twenty two. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : Jew-erasure in Fandom

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It’s amazing how far people will go to erase the Judaism from Jewish characters. In TV, in movies, in books, Jewish representation is a mockery of what Judaism is; it’s assimilated nonsense that has no more Judaism in it than a Muslim character would, or it’s badly written Orthodox characters written by people who have clearly never met an Orthodox person. Within our own narratives, we are excluded or pushed aside for the sake of goyische narratives (that just means non-Jewish, in case you were wondering). We’re seemingly everywhere, and yet we have no room to exist as a complete, complex people – we don’t see ourselves properly as a culture, as a religion, or as a nation. We are left with scraps, but are told that we have everything. Continue reading

Middlegame – A brilliantly crafted story of love, rage and power

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Publication date :  May 7th, 2019

Publisher : Tor.com Publishing

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 528

Synopsis : Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.
Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.
Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.
Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained. (From Goodreads) Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – What being Muslim means to me

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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. In this first post, four Muslim folks share what it means to them *personally* to be Muslim and I loved how different and yet somewhat similar the answers to the prompt were. Without further ado, here’s what they have to say:  Continue reading

We hunt the Flame – Characters to die for in an ancient Arabia inspired world

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Series: Sands of Arawiya #1

Publication date :  May 14th, 2019

Publisher : Farrar Straus & Girroux| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 480

Synopsis : People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
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