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 – 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

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

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – New Blog Series Announcement!

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Salaams friends and Ramadan Mubarak!

Today I’m here with a VERY different post that’s on the shorter side, but one I’m super excited about because IT’S AN ANNOUNCEMENT! I’m announcing the project I’ve been hinting to and working on for the past month or so!!! Continue reading

2018 releases I still need to catch up on

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Hello friends,

The other day I went back and looked through my most anticipated releases posts for 2010 (here’s where you can find part 1 & part 2), I realized that although I actually read lot more of them than I expected, there were still quite a few I still need to get to. So I thought why not make a post out of it. For the sake of not making this post 50 books long, I limited myself to the books I mentioned in those posts ONLY (because I know if I go on my goodreads shelf there would be…a lot). And out of the ones I still haven’t read I picked those I haven’t lost interest in reading, so here we are with a list of fifteen 2018 releases I’ll try to make my way through this year.

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Debuts

  • Home and Away by Candice Montgomery – I’m. this was literally one of my top 5 most anticipated releases, WHY and HOW haven’t I read it yet. Black queer girl encovering family secrets? Accepting her identiti(es)? Shame on me.
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. This has necromancers and the main character is bisexual and it has a very slowburn f/f relationship, I was supposed to read it right after it came out and I somehow just…forgot. I forgot. Just like that.
  • A Girl like Her by Tanaz Bhathena. I’m not like over the moon excited about this one but I’m still interested in reading it, especially since some Muslim folks say the portrayal of Muslims is bad and some didn’t mind it at all and actually love the book. So I’m very curious as to where I’ll stand on the issue.
  • Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles. Jay Coles is an (inter)national treasure and for that reason alone I want to read the book, but besides that I’ve only heard amazing things about it from people I trust so I really need to just get my shit together at some point and read it already.
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. I’m a SUCKER for teenagers starting revolutions and this is all about these kids being fed up with the fucked up conditions at their school and taking strides to instigate change.
  • My so-called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. This sounds like the cheesiest of YA romcoms and I need it in my life. Funny thing is my friend sent me her arc so I do have it and eventhough I say I *need* it I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT. Am I okay? probably not.

Not Debuts (?)

  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I love books that rip me apart. I love books that deal with grief and dive so deep into it that you find yourself feeling it even when you have nothing to grieve. And this sounds like that.
  • What if it’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I -mostly- love both these authors’ works so I really want to see what them working together will be like. Especially with Silvera’s writing being on the darker side and Albertalli’s on the perkier.
  • Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. I honestly don’t know much about this book besies the fact that I enjoyed the author’s debut, that I love her writing style and that this one has an asexual and a bisexual main characters.
  • This is what it feels like by Rebecca Barrow. EVERY MONTH I intend to put this one on my TBR and by the time the next month rolls around I FORGET. But this is queer AF and June is pride month so I better get on it. Someone slap me if I don’t.
  • The way you make me feel by Maureen Goo. Can you believe I still haven’t read anything by Maureen Goo? In the year of our lord 2019? I know that this has food trucks and rivals to lovers romance, and I also got a four chapters sample back in the start of 2018 that I enjoyed so I don’t know what I’m waiting for.
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. The author’s Written in the Stars is one of my favourite books…ever so I really NEED to read this one. I think that the only thing keeping me from reading it is that it’s Middle grade and that intimidates me…I’m getting the audiobook though.

Sequels

  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. My excuse for this one is that I’m really scared but it’s honestly gotten ridiculous. It’s been a year and I got a copy in Italy back in July so I just need to bite the bullet. Delaying it won’t make it easier on my heart.
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu. AAaaaHHHhh. I’m scared this one will disappoint me and ruin my image of Warcross. I heard very mediocre things about it and I’m tempted not to read. But I also can’t not read it because I need to know what happens.
  • The Storyteller by Traci Chee. This is another one I’m terrified of but less so than Reaper, the main reason is that I just still haven’t found a proper time slot for it in my Arc crammed schedule. And it’s also very fantasy heavy so whenever I’m not reading an arc I make it another genre.

And that’s it for today’s post, folks. To be completely honest, this was mostly to put it out there and hold myself accountable. I own most these books and the ones I don’t have are on Scribd so I just NEED TO READ THEM. If I haven’t read them ALL and I mean A L L by the end of 2019, please feel free to sue me. I need to stop procrastinating my life.


That’s it until next time.

What are some 2018 releases you want to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?

Have you read any on my list? What did you think of them?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : The Rise of Diversity + Book recommendations

Krisha

Hi Guys! Today , for the first time ever, I am writing a discussion post about a topic I feel strongly about: The rise of diversity in books and the recognition of diverse authors and books and the positive impact it has brought about.

Since last year, I have seen more and more people picking up books by minority authors and giving them the same love and recognition (rightfully deserves) which they would give to a non-POC author. I am Indian and I myself admittedly did not always read a lot of diverse books. I feel bad about it now because being a POC, I should’ve been more aware of such books. I always read the most popular books and hence neglected other lesser known books. But better late than never, I have realized my mistake and hence I am consciously trying to bring a change and support more diverse authors.

This recent surge of diverse books and the appreciation that they’re getting is the happiest thing for me. Usually, we always read a lot about Greek Mythology but not a lot of books with Hindu mythology or Chinese mythology or Malaysian history got a lot of attention. This is not because of the lack of such books but the lack of recognition for them.

When I first read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon I was elated. The protagonist being of Indian descent and the stories, the people and the food made me feel so connected to it. That is when I understood how beautiful diverse books can be in being able to connect the reader to their roots. Since then I have tried and read a lot of such books such as : The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, An Ember in Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, Love, Hate and other filters by Samira Ahmed, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I have many beautiful books on my TBR which I yet have to read which I know are going to super fun and amazing.

One of the biggest advantages of this rise is the appreciation the authors get. Historically, POC have always had it difficult but to be able to see people enjoying their book and learning about the culture and heritage is just amazing. This gives a lot more encouragement to many readers and authors to bring forward their stories. It is also a beautiful feeling as a reader to be able to read about your culture, heritage, people and food especially from a person who understands and appreciates it.

It helps to fight the stereotypes that are surrounding various diverse communities as well and helps everyone to be more sensitive and aware of the different cultures and communities. This is why I urge you all to support more diverse books and authors and shower them with the love and hype they deserve!

You can also participate in the Year of the Asian reading challenge hosted by Shealea, Lily, CW and Vicky in which we are reading books by Asian authors and supporting them. I love this challenge because I can read more Asian books and also support more of South Asian books. There are many book clubs you can join to read more diverse books like: Latinx Book Club, Stars and Sorcery Book Club which reads SFF written by authors of colour, Diverse Divers Book Club.

Thanks to the YARC 2019, I have read some great books recently which are: Jade City by Fonda Lee, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

Although there have been significant progress, we still have a long way to go as even now there are a lot of such communities and identities which are not yet represented and which do not get the same recognition. I hope we get to see a lot of changes and love for diverse authors and books all over.

I have some great diverse books on my TBR which you’ll can check out as well:


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Krisha is an Indian blogger who loves to talk about books and everything related. A lover of diverse books and flowers 🌹🌸

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss is a way to boost diverse bloggers who are brilliant, have a lot to say and deserve to be heard loud and clear. What this is, is basically a guest post feature where every Sunday, one blogger from a minority will discuss things they are passionate about on my blog.