50+ MORE 2020 releases I have my eye on

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July is right around the corner and as such, I’m here to share with you my most anticipated releases for the second half of the year. I made a spreadsheet and everything this year because my brain and goodreads are too messy and cannot be trusted. There are so many amazing or amazing sounding books on this list that I literally wish I had over half of them in my hands right now, but alas, I gots to wait. Don’t ask me if I read those from the first half of the year though. We don’t talk about that. Continue reading

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Pansexual main characters

Hello friends! and belated…Happy Pride Month? 🌈

Not like I need one, but I’m using this time of the year as an excuse to finally put together a list of books with pansexual and or panromantic main characters. Now I’m not too happy with this list. Why? you ask. Because it was by far the hardest to put together, I had to dig and dig and dig and even then I was only able to get together less than 40 books, most of which are NOT YA. Young Adult is severely lacking in pansexual representation and its about time it gets its act together and starts feeding us. And the only reason that adult books are better is because most of them are either indie or self-published. So traditional publishing as a whole is very behind on this one. So hey, trad pubs? DO. BETTER.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Writing my own representation – by Adiba Jaigirdar

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Today’s post is by one of my favorite people, Adiba Jaigirdar, who is the debut author of the amazing and equally fluffy and angsty THE HENNA WARS! Adiba might already be familiar to you on the blog, because she’s the delightful human I collaborated with last year to bring you all the #MuslimVoicesRiseUp, a series of guest posts and conversations centering Muslim authors and bloggers. But today, I’m here to bring you a guest post she wrote about writing her own representation into books when little to none of it exists, especially when she first started writing her stories. Continue reading

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : 100+ books by Muslim authors

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Hello friends and Ramadan Mubarak!

Years ago, I wrote these two posts called Why don’t I see Myself? and Muslim representation I want more of, where I was basically talking about Muslim main characters barely existing in YA and when they did, how they all fit the same mold. I am happy to say now, that even though we still have a long way to go, I finally feel like we’ve reached a point where my complaints in those posts are fading little by little and I don’t feel them intensely anymore. Because since then, I’ve read some brilliant books by Muslim authors from different walks of life and whose experiences differ a lot.

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Judging MORE books by their covers

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I’m back on my bullshit again and am making a 2020 version of this post I did last year. Am I turning this into a tradition? Maybe. I had a blast doing this post last year and it turned out being one my favorites/funniest so why not make a habit of it? We’ll see if I remember to do it again next year. Continue reading

10 romance authors I want to try out in 2020

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So uh… you know how I am self-proclaimed romance trash? Well, I recently came to two realizations that aren’t very pleasant to me and make it harder to hold onto that title, which are as follow:

  1. Out of all my reading this year so far, romance makes up a whooping 8%, which is a grand total of two books. I’ve read two romance books in the past three months. And I hate it.
  2. I tend to circle back to the same authors and rarely if ever branch out.  Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and a couple others. But that’s it. I mean they’re phenomenal, but I’d like to see what else is out there.

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WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Aro-spec main characters |Aromantic Awareness Week

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I’ve been meaning to make this post for months upon months now, probably over a year. But then when I realized there was an actual Aromantic Awareness week, and thought it would be the perfect time to make a list compiling books that feature main characters on the Aromantic spectrum. Aromantic awareness week spans from February 17th to the 23rd so today is the first day and here I am with a list of over 30 books featuring characters on the Aromantic spectrum. If you all didn’t know, hello! I am grayromantic and hence why this week and list mean extra to me. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

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Today’s interview is one I’m really excited to share because I had a lovely chat with Alechia Dow, the author of the upcoming THE SOUND OF STARS! A debut I read a couple months ago and fell head over heels for. It’s an exploration of humanity and an ode to arts that stroke a chord with me, a book and music lover, and I have no doubt it will do the same for many, many of you. It also brings to the table a different twist on aliens, different species of aliens that I had a lot of fun getting to know, and it was just all around a really soft and hopeful book that put a crack in my heart and filled it with light, thus restoring my faith in humanity with just a little over 400 pages. But enough of me waxing poetry about this book and let’s dive into the interview: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “The Worst Best Man” dream cast – by Mia Sosa

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If you know me, you know that romance is my comfort genre, the one genre that I never get tired of and that I’m never in a slump from. My brain can consume ridiculous amounts of it without ever saying enough. So knowing that, you really wouldn’t expect this feature to come and go without featuring a romance author, in fact I have a few of those cooking up. But for today, I have joining me, Mia Sosa, the author of the upcoming THE WORST BEST MAN, which is an enemies to lovers romance that sounds super sexy and right up my alley. So I’m really happy that Mia is going to be sharing with us today, her dream cast, the actors she would love for her characters to be played by in a hypothetical movie. And said dream cast is very melaninated (is that eve a word?) to my greatest joy!! So without further ramblings on my part, I’ll let her take over, and introduce you to them.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: How the “A Phoenix First Must Burn” cover was born – by Patrice Caldwell

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I am so over the moon to be bringing this post today!! Do you ever look at a book cover, gasp at how gorgeous it is and then start wondering and marveling at how the artist, designer and whole team put it together? Well I do! A lot! And the cover for A Phoenix First Must Burn was no different. This book is, hands down, in my Top 5 most anticipated releases of the year, and how could it not be? It’s a an anthology of 16 tales that range in genre that center and celebrate the Black experience and specifically the queer Black experience and Black Girl Magic, and that means so much to me. Like Patrice says later in the post, it’s something I wanted as a teen. I’m here for it, and to scream about this book at the top of my lungs. Cherry on top is that some of my favorite authors are featured in it. Continue reading