Nahri isn’t in love with Ali, in this essay I will-

Bookish Talk (8)

This isn’t the kind of post I usually do, it’s a lot more chaotic and niche than my usual content. I try to make my posts appeal to as many people as possible, but this one might be the exception, because this one is more for me than anyone else. And for fans of the series, or just people who’ve read it in general, because the rest of you will have no clue as to what I’m talking about. Oops? Read the series, though!!!!

Here’s the thing, I finished the Empire of Gold a few days ago and I have a lot of feelings. It’s the last book in my favorite series of all time and the more I read it the more intense and passionate feelings I started having about Nahri’s romantic prospects. Continue reading

My (not great) feelings about book ratings

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Hello friends!

Since the start of this year I’ve been struggling a lot with rating. It started as me having an existensial crisis over 5 stars ratings because I rated considerably fewer books 5 stars this year compared to the ones before so I started wondering as to why that was. Was I reading less quality books? Are my reading tastes changing? Am I more critical? As well as changing my mind about the ratings I give books well after the fact. So it’s safe to say I’ve been having about a million thoughts about rating systems, star ratings and the value we put into them racing through my head for a major party of 2019.

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: The “Hidden Gems”: Why are F/F romances so hard to find?

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Representation of the LGBTQ+ community in YA has come a long way since the dark ages. Or since the 2000s, when all we got was J. K. Rowling’s retconning of Dumbledore’s character and a couple of David Levithan’s books hidden away in the teen fiction section of the book store. But sometimes it feels like even when we’re making strides towards better representation of queer individuals, a large part of the community is being left out. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Navigating mental illness as Muslims

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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. 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 – Muslim Fantasy authors in conversations

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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 I’m honored and happy and excited to have on the blog Nafiza Azad & Karuna Riazi, two Muslim authors I admire, while they talk to each other about all things fantasy, writing and representation 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

#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