A Reader’s Guide to Trello boards

Bookish Talk

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A while back (as in…August) I shared a glimpse of my #ARCaugust TBR on Twitter and it was a screenshot of a list from my much more elaborate and yet simple to put together AND to use TBR trello board. Shortly after that, I had a couple people ask me about it and how exactly I use it, so what better way to show than to make a detailed blog post about it? Is it much too late for it? Yes. Have they forgotten about it and don’t care anymore? Very likely. Am I still using that as an excuse to ramble about my neurotic organisational skills. YES. My moto is Better Late than Never. So yes, this post is a few months late, but at least it’s finally here. 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

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

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)

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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. 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

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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