#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

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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

Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

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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

#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

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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30+ anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

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Hello friends!

I’m here today with a list of my 36 most anticipated releases. I could have sworn I had way more, but then when I went to put the post together, I found out I didn’t. I’m pretty sure that the main reason is that I forget to add books to my goodreads TBR and end up forgetting about them altogether. As usual these are mostly YA but there’s also some Adult romance thrown in their, because I couldn’t help myself as the romance trash I am. Continue reading

THE BLACK VEINS BLOG TOUR – Excerpt

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Hello friends!

Today The Black Veins Blog Tour stops at my blog for a super exciting and fun excerpt to tease you and make you MORE excited about this book if you already know about it, or to introduce you to these queer magical kids who go on a road trip to save one of them’s family, if this is your first time hearing about it! Continue reading

My -humble- 2019 Book Blogger Awards Nominations

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WHO’S EXCITED FOR THIS? BECAUSE I AM!

I actually debated for a couple weeks whether to nominate people or not, and if so whether to do it anonymously or on the blog. But honestly this is just yet another excuse for me to shout about my faves and tell you all just how much I loved them and their content so YES! THIS IS HAPPENING! I’m nominating folks for the 2019 Third Annual Book Blogger Awards which are honested this year by May @ Forever and Everly. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Writing a Biracial Identity

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Writing a book is difficult. Try adding in pieces of yourself and the process gets even more complicated.

            I’ve wanted to include a piece of myself in every story. Up until I tackled my first book, it was usually depression or anxiety rep. These were two things I had become so intimately tied to that putting them on the page seemed natural. Continue reading