30+ anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

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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

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THE BLACK VEINS BLOG TOUR – Excerpt

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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

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Advice to my Younger Muslim self

8- Advice to my younger Muslim self

Salaams friends and Eid Mubarak!

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. This is our last post in what’s been an incredible series and…journey to be honest. To finish it off, we asked a few Muslim folks to write about some advice they’d give to their younger selves and here’s what they had to say: Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Being a white passing Muslim in a White Privilege world

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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. On this blog post, author Nadine Jolie Courtney will be talking all about her experience as a white passing Muslim woman in a world that puts white people above all else. It’s a very open and honest piece that I really encourage everyone to read until the end. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – My relationship with my faith and sexuality (on asexuality)

6- Muslim and Ace

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’s post is by one of my favourite humans ever, my dear friend and romance author, Em Ali, and they’re here to share a personal piece about their relationship with faith and their asexuality and let me tell you, it’s a great one that’s going to hit close to home for a lot of people. So without further ado, I’ll leave you with their words.

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FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin – Excerpt + Cover Gush

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Today’s post is a very special one because of how excited I am about FOUL IS FAIR sso I want to yell about it to anyone and everyone who wants to listen. I was extremely pumped for FOUL IS FAIR the minute it was announced but then, I read the first two chapters and fell head over heels for it, these two chapters are the kind that pull you into the story immediately and set the mood for the novel right off the bat. And that mood is rage, revenge, dark and stabby, and I’M HERE FOR IT!

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MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Navigating mental illness as Muslims

5- Navigating Mental Illness

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. I am so incredibly excited to share today’s post, because it’s actually one I took part in. I was joined by a few of my Muslim sisters to talk all things navigating our mental illnesses as Muslims. This is the most I’ve ever shared about my mental illnesses talking to anyone…ever and the experience was incredible. Especially because of the fact that I was talking to people who could truly understand my experiences.

CW: Talk of mental illnesses, depression, anxiety, PTSD, anorexia, suicide, hospitalization, sexual assault.

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MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – A glimpse at Black Muslim experiences

4- Black Muslim experiences

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 on the blog, we’ve invited three people to talk about their experiences being Muslim and Black and hopefully start a very needed conversation in our community. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – What drives me to write

2- What Drives me to write

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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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