#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Biculturalism in YA books – Middle Eastern Indian

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Hey! My name is Fariha, when I first heard about Fadwa hosting #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss I quickly jumped to the opportunity. While I had initially thought of the topic revolving around how much there is a lack of biculturalism in literature. I quickly narrowed it down to what I know best: Identifying as a Middle Eastern Indian and my (our) representation in young adult books. While the term may be misleading, I’m ethnically Indian and I’m also the second generation to be born and raised in Saudi Arabia.   Continue reading


WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with main F/F pairings PT. 2

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Hello friends!

A year and a half ago, I posted a list on here with some 30+ books with main f/f pairings (linked at the end of the post). And in the time since then, I found myself with so so many books that fall under that category to recommend and debated whether to update the old list or just make an new one so I just settled on making a new one 1/ for easy access and 2/ because a post with almost a 100 books can be pretty tedious because YES, this list of sapphic books I have today is 50 BOOKS LONG. And there are so many more out there that I haven’t included or don’t even know of, and the number of f/f reads out there just waiting for me to discover and/or read them just makes my heart happy. Without further ado, here are the books.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.



Tell me How you Really Feel – Amina Mae Safi


CW: car accident with non-fatal injuries, hospital, parental abandonment.

The Weight of the Stars – K. Ancrum


CW: physical fight, bullying, injuries, hospital, sexual assault, pretend deafness, mention of suicide.

Wilder Girls – Rory Power


CW: gore and body horror, guns, murder, suicide and suicidal ideations, self-harm, kidnapping and human experimentation, emesis, chemical gassing.

The Truth about Keeping Secrets – Savannah Brown


CW: reference to off-page sexual, physical and emotional domestic abuse, forced coming out , verbal abuse related to sexual orientation, self-harm, suicide.

The Stars and the Blackness Between* – Junauda Petrus


Kings, Queens and In-Betweens – Tanya Boteju


CW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, bullying, parental abandonment.

Orpheus Girl – Brynne Rebele-Henry

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CW: Conversion therapy, homophobia, transphobia, torture (including shock therapy), characters publicly outed, abandonment, suicidal ideations, off-page suicide attempt, body dysmorphia, emotional abuse, sexual scenes.

Final Draft – Riley Redgate


CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief.

People Like Us – Dana Mele


Cw: description of dead animals and human bodies, discussion of death and suicide

This is What it Feels Like – Rebecca Barrow


CW: alcoholism, death of a loved one, mentions of a toxic past relationship.

The Last True Poets of the Sea* –  Julia Drake


Her Royal Highness – Rachel Hawkins



Summer of Salt* – Katrina Leto


CW: rape and sexual assault, underage drinking, animal death, drug use.

We Set the Dark on Fire–  Tehlor Kay Mejia

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CW: undocumented persecution, threats, violence, crowd mob scene, executions, car crash.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan


CW: Animal death, kidnapping, sexual assault, rape, murder, violence, physical assault, torture, slavery, execution, gore.

Crier’s War* – Nina Varela

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The Grief Keeper* – Alexandra Villasante

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The Rise of Kyoshi – F. C. Yee


CW: violence, murder, death of a loved one, kidnapping, child neglect.

Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand


CW: Gore, murder, on page sex, emotionally and physically abusive mother, death of a loved one.

Missing, Presumed Dead* – Emma Berquist


Ice Massacre* – Tiana Warner




Once Ghosted Twice Shy – Alyssa Cole

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CW: deportation and forced separation of families. 

Soft on Soft – Mina Waheed

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CW: panic attack, anxiety, discussion of acephobia.

The Image of Deception* – Charlotte Anne Hamilton

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Marriage of Unconvenience* – Chelsea M. Cameron

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The Story of Lizzy and Darcy* – Grace Watson

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Solve for I* – A. E. Dooland

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Just for Show* – Jae

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After the Eclipse – Fran Dorricott

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CW: Child abduction, implied child sexual assault.

Falling into Place* – Sheryn Munir

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Anyone but You – Chelsea M. Cameron

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CW: Talk of parental death, on page sex.

A Royal Romance* – Jenny Frame


Pretending in Paradise* – M. Ullrich

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Priory of the Orange Tree* – Samantha Shannon

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The True Queen* – Zen Cho

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Miranda in Milan* – Katharine Duckett

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The Unspoken Name* – A. K. Larkwood


Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant


CW: gore, passing mention of suicide, ableism, necropsy, murder.

This is How you Lose the Time War* – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

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The Persephone Star – Jamie Sullivan

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CW: mentions of sexual assault.

The Mercenary* – Annabelle Kitch


High and Mighty* – S. S. Skye


Historical Fiction

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite

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CW: explicit sex scenes, talk of emotional abuse, mention of death, sexism, misogyny.

How to Talk to Nice English Girls* – Gretchen Evans

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Spring Flowering* – Farah Mendlesohn

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Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure – Courtney Milan

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CW: mentions of rape and sexual assault.

A Lady’s Desire* – Lily Maxton

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A Little Light Mischief – Cat Sebastian

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CW: sexual harrassment and assault, parental abuse and neglect, internalized homophobia.

That Could be Enough – Alyssa Cole

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CW: racism.

Alpennia Series* – Heather Rose Jones

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Growing up without diverse books

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This may come as a shock to those who know me now, but when I was little, I despised reading. When I first learned to read, I rarely applied my new skill to anything outside of the classroom.  I did not read for entertainment, and I was primarily drawn to picture books. I thought, “What’s the point? It’s all boring and it takes too much time!”  Continue reading

Wilder Girls – A creepy read with strong commentary

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Publication date :  July 9th 2019

Publisher : Delacorte Press

Genre : Young Adult |Horror

Page Count: 353

Synopsis : It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. (from Goodreads)

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Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

Hello friends!

Today I’m so very excited to have on the blog the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and that’s none other than Rena Barron, the author of African fantasy KINGDOM OF SOULS. And she’s here today with a post opening up about her journey towards being a published author. And let me tell you, I loved how candid and real this post is, and I’m honored to be sharing it with the rest of you. So enough from me, because that’s NOT what you’re here for and let’s get on with the actual post. Continue reading

Down the TBR hole #5

Hello friends!

It’s been…uh…three or four months? Since I last did this post and let me tell you…since then, my TBR has gotten OUT OF CONTROL. I’ve added at least 30 books to it, if not more? And at this rate, I’ll need to do this every week to get it under control again. Rip me. I think I might start doing more books in each post? I’m at 8 right now but I’ll up it to 10 and see if I’ll do even more next time haha. There are just way too many books on my TBR I’m not even interested in, or that are doubles, and I just need to get rid of them but also…talk about them. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Being a Bookworm in Portugal

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Hi, bookworm friends! My name is Marta and I usually rant about my opinions on books and bookish subjects on my blog, the book mermaid. Today I changed it up a bit, but I’m here to share with you how my reading habits are seen in my country, Portugal, that is indeed quite small(ish) – especially compared to the US. 😞 Continue reading

The Right Swipe – Two fools in denial give each other another chance


Series: Modern Love #1

Publication date :  August 6th 2019

Publisher : Avon Books| Harpercollins

Genre : Adult |Cotemporary Romance

Page Count: 400

Synopsis : Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules: 
– Nude pics are by invitation only 
– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice 
– Protect your heart
Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.  Continue reading

My (not great) feelings about book ratings

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Hello friends!

Since the start of this year I’ve been struggling a lot with rating. It started as me having an existensial crisis over 5 stars ratings because I rated considerably fewer books 5 stars this year compared to the ones before so I started wondering as to why that was. Was I reading less quality books? Are my reading tastes changing? Am I more critical? As well as changing my mind about the ratings I give books well after the fact. So it’s safe to say I’ve been having about a million thoughts about rating systems, star ratings and the value we put into them racing through my head for a major party of 2019.

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