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

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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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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

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.

book title = goodreads page.

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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A love letter to Quiet YA + 12 Quiet Books I adore

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Hello friends!

A couple weeks ago, I had a short conversation with a mutual on Twitter about Quiet YA, which only reminded me of how much I love the books that fall under that umbrella and how many of my favourite happen to fall underneath it so I started wondering, why do I love Quiet YA so much? But first and foremost, what is Quiet YA?

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Zodiac Signs Book Recommendations

Zodiac signs book recs

Hello friends!

As I was thinking lately about some kind of fun post to do on the blog, my very not brilliant brain came to up with this very not creative idea WHICH IS, drum roll please, book recommendations based on the twelve zodiac signs. Now, as I’ve gotten a bit more into astrology the past few months, I know that there’s a bit more depth to all of this and the signs, their traits and their influence are more complex than just your sun sign (the one based on your day of birth, that basically everyone knows) but for the sake of keeping this post light and simple I’m going to base these recommendations on the signs’ most known attributes. Continue reading

COVER GUSH: That Kind of Guy – Talia Hibbert (+ a lil something more)

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Hello friends!

I’m here today with a post that’s short but sweet and a bit different from anything I’ve done before because I’m here today with the sole purpose of SCREAMING ABOUT TALIA HIBBERT’S LATEST COVER!!!!! Continue reading

Forgive me for I have sinned – Judging books by their covers

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Hello friends!

This is my second time typing up half this post because my cat deleted it (seriously).

This is the first time since…. I don’t know since when to be honest, that I type up a post right before it’s supposed to go up. I usually do that at least a couple days before due date but oh well, the end of last week was a disaster (which I’ll talk about more in my wrap-up) so I spent the week-end just resting and reading and only did what was absolutely necessary (re: replied to pressing emails). ANYWHOO. My new favourite thing to do is ask random cryptic questions on Twitter and turning them into posts, on today’s episode: Fadwa Asks People to Send Her Book Covers Without Context. I asked for upcoming books because that reduces the chance of me having read them. Why? you ask. Because I want to guess what the books are about from staring at their covers. Continue reading

Emoji book recommendations – You choose an emoji, I give you a book!

Emoji book Recs

Hello friends!

Last week, I tweeted out something pretty vague and cryptic, asking twenty people to pick random emojis for reasons (yes, you guessed it, this post is the reason) but then I got 52 people suggesting emojis hahaha so I had more than enough to choose from and the way I went about it is that I looked at the emoji, if it reminded me of a book or felt like it could, I kept it! If it felt too niche and didn’t, I didn’t use it! And THAT’s how I’ve narrowed it down to the 20 emojis I’m basing my recommendations on. I’m going to try my hardest to recommend books I don’t talk about a lot already. Continue reading