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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
There’s nothing like the feeling of reading a book that you simply just can’t put down. The thrill, adrenaline, and captivation are some of the major ingredients of what makes a book so difficult to put down; but one major aspect that is gradually making more of a prominent presence in the book and writing community is diverse representation. Below I’ve listed the books that I am personally so thankful that exist because I felt represented in them! Continue reading →
Many thanks, first off, to Fadwa for hosting this amazing series! If you don’t know me, I’m Sara, and I blog over at Lyrical Reads, bookstagram over at @lyrical.reads, and occasionally tweet over at @lyricalreads. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss!
When I first showed interest in participating in the #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss series, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to write about. I definitely knew that I wanted to write about something on international adoption (particularly Chinese adoption) because I was adopted when I was 11-months-old. However, I needed an angle, and I needed books I could talk about. Fortunately, I found the books (not that many, though), one which I just finished a few days ago, and the angle found its way to me not too long afterwards. Continue reading →
What makes me marginalized is invisible. For the most part. That makes it easier for me to “blend” into what people consider to be the norm and be “accepted” by my peers. At least, it would if I wasn’t vocal about what makes me different. But these different types of marginalizations make me realize how little intersectionality there was in publishing as I was growing up, how much it has grown, and what we can hope for in the future.Continue reading →
Hey! My name is Fariha, when I first heard about Fadwa hosting #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss I quickly jumped to the opportunity. While I had initially thought of the topic revolving around how much there is a lack of biculturalism in literature. I quickly narrowed it down to what I know best: Identifying as a Middle Eastern Indian and my (our) representation in young adult books. While the term may be misleading, I’m ethnically Indian and I’m also the second generation to be born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Continue reading →
A year and a half ago, I posted a list on here with some 30+ books with main f/f pairings (linked at the end of the post). And in the time since then, I found myself with so so many books that fall under that category to recommend and debated whether to update the old list or just make an new one so I just settled on making a new one 1/ for easy access and 2/ because a post with almost a 100 books can be pretty tedious because YES, this list of sapphic books I have today is 50 BOOKS LONG. And there are so many more out there that I haven’t included or don’t even know of, and the number of f/f reads out there just waiting for me to discover and/or read them just makes my heart happy. Without further ado, here are the books. Continue reading →