…or should I say welcome to the last post of Color the Shelves 2021? It’s weird that I’ve been doing this for a whole year and now it’s over and I’ll definitely do a post reflecting on it at some point but now I’m bringing you and interview I’m really looking forward to you reading because it’s with the author of a book that took me by surprise, and that’s Rutendo Tavengerwei, author of THE COLOURS THAT BLIND. This book is set in Zimbabwe, explores history and issues that aren’t talked about much and is told in dual timeline. It’s also beautifully written. Which is a recipe for a book I’ll love and that’s exactly what it was. I loved this book so so much and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I hope this interview makes you add it to your TBR though, because it’s well worth it:
As we’re nearing the end of the Color the Shelves 2020 (only one more post to go…wow), the post aren’t getting any less important and relevant. Today I’m bringing you a guest post that’s especially dear and near to my heart because I saw a lot of myself in it and I know it’ll speak to a lot of readers too. Serena Kaur, author of ALL THE WORDS UNSPOKEN is joining me on the blog today with an essay talking about what it was like for her writing this story while knowing that the topics that she decides to explore in it are going to put her under scrutiny from her community, if not worse. I think this is a post where a lot of people from “conservative” communities will see their experiences reflected.
Today I’m bringing you an interview with Alex Aster, debut author of CURSE OF THE NIGHT WITCH, the first book in a fantasy middle grade series, where Tor, the main character, was born for a leadership role which he resents. But when he wants to reverse his destiny, things go wrong and now he has a curse to break before it is too late. This book sounds like such a spooky adventure filled story and I cannot wait to read it for myself! And without further ado, here is my interview with the author to find out more about it:
I’m bringing you today an inteview with Rin Chupeco, and author I FINALLY started reading from this year after eyeing their books for a couple years, and quickly grew to enjoy and look forward to whatever they put out next. And you know what’s coming out next from them? As in NEXT WEEK next? THE EVER CRUEL KINGDOM! which is the sequel and conclusion to The Never Tilting World, a book all about goddesses, magic, prophecies and destiny. And it’s sapphic, with a “princess”/bodyguard romance, so like…what else are you waiting for to pick up this duology? But if you need a bit more nudging, here is the chat I had with the author about it:
I am here today with a post I’m so excited about I could pass out! I INTERVIEWED AIDEN THOMAS! *tries to collect self*. When we first set up this interview, I had no idea what their book would mean to me once I read it, but now I have and this opportunity is all the more exciting and humbling. I will try to keep the gushing at a minimum here (check out my review for ALL the gushing) but CEMETERY BOYS is a YA paranormal romance full of heart (and ghosts, and magic) that explores queerness, transness, identity and community in a brilliant way. And I had the pleasure to chat with Aiden all about it, just in time for Dia de Muertos too! so here’s how that went:
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m deep in the trenches of social media. Not only, do I regularly post content on three different platforms, but I am also online almost every day. And I have been for five years now. Lately, since burnout hit me like a ton of brick (which I will reflect on in a different post in the new year), I’ve been reflecting on my use of social media, how it has changed my life, what I could do to improve it, etc and I thought making a blog post out of it would be a good idea. For posterity’s sake, but also just in case it would be relatable to anyone.
Today I’m bringing you another Middle Grade book. Well, I’m not literally bringing you the book, rather I’m bringing you a pretty awesome interview with Saadia Faruqi, author of A THOUSAND QUESTIONS, a heartfelt story about friendship, family, identity, and how even people who could not be the farthest away from each other can come together and create tight knit bonds. If you like middle grade, I HIGHLY recommend this one! If you live in the US, you can already snag it at the bookstore, if you’re in the UK you have to wait a little bit longer, for November 12th! I’ll leave you with the interview now:
This post is sorta kinda super late because I promised it would be up a couple days after my Notion space tour video went up and…nothing. I could go on about how busy and overwhelmed and overworked I have been and that is why the post is so late but I don’t think you’re here to hear about any of that. So instead, I’m going to dive right into the actual post: Telling you the step by step thought process behind my Notion space, how I set it up and providing you with templates for some (most) of my pages as well as answering some of the most asked questions I had when I posted my video.
I’m so thrilled to share today’s post with you because it’s another playlist! and for a book I’m looking forward to reading! I have Ruby Lang over on my blog sharing a playlist for her new release THE UPTOWN COLLECTION. This is actually a paperback collection of three of her stories that were previously releases digitally:
Playing House: fake dating turned real.
Open House: an intense rivalry turned love.
House Rules: second chance and forced proximity? Delicious.
And I’m honestly so excited to read it, not only because all three stories sound up my alley but also because a few of my trusty romance reading friends have read and loved the stories and I want in on the uptown love. I’m most definitely going to be listening to this playlist while I read.
Today I’m bringing you an interview with Julie Abe, the author EVA EVERGREEN SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH, otherwise known as one of the cutest and most heartwarming middle grades I’ve had the pleasure to read. This book follows a little witch who only has a pinch of magic and is trying to do the most with, which doesn’t always work in her favor. This is also a story of so much more, which you’ll get to find about if you continue reading. I found myself getting emotional by the end of the book and can’t wait to see where Eva’s head out to next. But without further ado, here is the interview!