Not the Girls You’re Looking for Blog Tour: Review + Author Interview

 

Not the Girls You're Looking for

Publication date : June 19th, 2018

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Publisher : Feiwel and Friends | MacMillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.
Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.
(From Goodreads)

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My Favourite Reads of 2017

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So this year is coming to an end and what that means is that I, as well as many bloggers out there, will use the opportunity to scream about all the books we loved this year and considering how good of a reading year I had, imagine how hard it was for me to narrow it down to a reasonnable number (as I write this intro I have no idea what books/how many books are going to be included, so wish me luck). Just like last year, there’s no way in hell, I’m gonna be ranking these, it’s just impossible for my brain to choose one over the other. Mostly. Eventhough I do have a preference for some of these. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Releases of 2018: January – June

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So…we’re at the last month of the year and you know what that means? A WHOLE BUNCH OF BOOK LISTS !!! So, for the first one I’m going with my most anticipated releases of the first half of the year because I refuse to choose favourites while there still is a few weeks to go. And I chose to do just the first half of the month for two reasons:

  1. I got 32 books for those 6 months alone.
  2. Most books from the second half don’t have covers yet.

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6 Things Diverse Books added to my Life

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I wanted to save this post for my second blog anniversary in two months which then roughly coincides with my one year anniversary of reading mostly diverse books (around 80-90% of my reading is diverse in one way or another) but then realized I’m gonna be on Hiatus at that time (exams, pray for me) and since next month will be dedicated to all the end of the year posts (I’M SO EXCITED!!!) then this seemed like the right time to just gush about all the things diverse books have added to my life, which are… a lot. Continue reading

Books are more than “Just Books”

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I’ve been a reader since… as long as I can remember. I truly can’t pinpoint when I learnt how to read. My mom is the reason I love the stories held inside books so much, she used to read to me every night, probably even before I could understand what she was saying haha, until one day I picked up the book from her hands and started reading for myself. Since then, I can’t remember a time -besides my 2 years long slump- when I wasn’t reading a book. Continue reading

#TheReadingQuest Wrap-up post

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#TheReadingQuest is a kickass video game inspired reading challenge created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight than run from August 13th to September 10th and today marks the official end of this amazing kick-ass reading challenge since yesterday was the last day. And I’m kinda proud of myself for posting this on time haha, it’s prescheduled since today is my first day back to classes and rotations *shudders*. Continue reading

Muslim representation I want more of

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A few months back I did a post about Muslim representation in books titled Why don’t I see Myself? which I loved writing but since then I’ve got a better, more concrete idea of what I want our representation to look like and this post is mostly going to be a follow up of that one where I go more into detail about some of the things I talked about last time as well as maybe, potentially, add some new things.

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Teens in the YA community: Experiences + Recommendations

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So today, I’m back again with another collab post where I’m not gonna be talking much for a change but giving the mic to other people who are younger than me but they sure as hell are more awesome and brilliant. When I first joined the community I was 18, an older teen, but still a teen all the same. I didn’t speak up, I didn’t even interact but I was there all the same so I saw things, things that weren’t always pleasant. Now I am 20 year old, barely an adult and see the same pattern still.

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#TheReadingQuest Sign-up post

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I’ve never ever done a monthly challenge on here (I believe) because for 1/ I don’t like stressing over my reading (which I do anyway) and 2/ They come at the worst time possible for me, especially Aentee’s challenges. Since I started blogging she’s made amazing and in my opinion the best reading challenges so I died a little bit inside everytime I couldn’t take part in them. UNTIL NOW. Continue reading

Reviewing Books Outside your Lane

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As more and more people pick up diverse books, more of us are reviewing them. And besides the obvious characters, plot, writing, pacing, worldbulding (when it’s SFF), there’s the added element of representation, because when we say diverse books, we say diverse characters, which means minorities are represented, and well… we want those to be good and accurate. But “reviewing” representation can be complicated, especially when the book is ownvoices (a book representing a marginalization the author is part of, which you can learn more about here, on the creator’s page) and even more when we as reviewers are not part of the minority.

What I’ve noticed (and also have been guilty of before) is that we sometimes get carried away and nitpick representation that actually is accurate and personal to the author and people who live the same circumstances, and some reviews can fall right into offensive territory because of the lack of sensitivity. This is not me saying that we shouldn’t be critical of ownvoices books, I just think that the marginalizations should be left to ownvoices reviewers to dissect, which I’ll explain the why and how of a little further down the post.

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