#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Finding the invisible marginalisations?

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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


#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Biculturalism in YA books – Middle Eastern Indian

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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

WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with main F/F pairings PT. 2

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Hello friends!

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.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.



Tell me How you Really Feel – Amina Mae Safi


CW: car accident with non-fatal injuries, hospital, parental abandonment.

The Weight of the Stars – K. Ancrum


CW: physical fight, bullying, injuries, hospital, sexual assault, pretend deafness, mention of suicide.

Wilder Girls – Rory Power


CW: gore and body horror, guns, murder, suicide and suicidal ideations, self-harm, kidnapping and human experimentation, emesis, chemical gassing.

The Truth about Keeping Secrets – Savannah Brown


CW: reference to off-page sexual, physical and emotional domestic abuse, forced coming out , verbal abuse related to sexual orientation, self-harm, suicide.

The Stars and the Blackness Between* – Junauda Petrus


Kings, Queens and In-Betweens – Tanya Boteju


CW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, bullying, parental abandonment.

Orpheus Girl – Brynne Rebele-Henry

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CW: Conversion therapy, homophobia, transphobia, torture (including shock therapy), characters publicly outed, abandonment, suicidal ideations, off-page suicide attempt, body dysmorphia, emotional abuse, sexual scenes.

Final Draft – Riley Redgate


CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief.

People Like Us – Dana Mele


Cw: description of dead animals and human bodies, discussion of death and suicide

This is What it Feels Like – Rebecca Barrow


CW: alcoholism, death of a loved one, mentions of a toxic past relationship.

The Last True Poets of the Sea* –  Julia Drake


Her Royal Highness – Rachel Hawkins



Summer of Salt* – Katrina Leto


CW: rape and sexual assault, underage drinking, animal death, drug use.

We Set the Dark on Fire–  Tehlor Kay Mejia

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CW: undocumented persecution, threats, violence, crowd mob scene, executions, car crash.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan


CW: Animal death, kidnapping, sexual assault, rape, murder, violence, physical assault, torture, slavery, execution, gore.

Crier’s War* – Nina Varela

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The Grief Keeper* – Alexandra Villasante

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The Rise of Kyoshi – F. C. Yee


CW: violence, murder, death of a loved one, kidnapping, child neglect.

Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand


CW: Gore, murder, on page sex, emotionally and physically abusive mother, death of a loved one.

Missing, Presumed Dead* – Emma Berquist


Ice Massacre* – Tiana Warner




Once Ghosted Twice Shy – Alyssa Cole

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CW: deportation and forced separation of families. 

Soft on Soft – Mina Waheed

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CW: panic attack, anxiety, discussion of acephobia.

The Image of Deception* – Charlotte Anne Hamilton

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Marriage of Unconvenience* – Chelsea M. Cameron

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The Story of Lizzy and Darcy* – Grace Watson

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Solve for I* – A. E. Dooland

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Just for Show* – Jae

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After the Eclipse – Fran Dorricott

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CW: Child abduction, implied child sexual assault.

Falling into Place* – Sheryn Munir

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Anyone but You – Chelsea M. Cameron

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CW: Talk of parental death, on page sex.

A Royal Romance* – Jenny Frame


Pretending in Paradise* – M. Ullrich

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Priory of the Orange Tree* – Samantha Shannon

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The True Queen* – Zen Cho

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Miranda in Milan* – Katharine Duckett

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The Unspoken Name* – A. K. Larkwood


Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant


CW: gore, passing mention of suicide, ableism, necropsy, murder.

This is How you Lose the Time War* – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

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The Persephone Star – Jamie Sullivan

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CW: mentions of sexual assault.

The Mercenary* – Annabelle Kitch


High and Mighty* – S. S. Skye


Historical Fiction

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite

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CW: explicit sex scenes, talk of emotional abuse, mention of death, sexism, misogyny.

How to Talk to Nice English Girls* – Gretchen Evans

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Spring Flowering* – Farah Mendlesohn

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Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure – Courtney Milan

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CW: mentions of rape and sexual assault.

A Lady’s Desire* – Lily Maxton

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A Little Light Mischief – Cat Sebastian

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CW: sexual harrassment and assault, parental abuse and neglect, internalized homophobia.

That Could be Enough – Alyssa Cole

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CW: racism.

Alpennia Series* – Heather Rose Jones

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Growing up without diverse books

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This may come as a shock to those who know me now, but when I was little, I despised reading. When I first learned to read, I rarely applied my new skill to anything outside of the classroom.  I did not read for entertainment, and I was primarily drawn to picture books. I thought, “What’s the point? It’s all boring and it takes too much time!”  Continue reading

Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

Hello friends!

Today I’m so very excited to have on the blog the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and that’s none other than Rena Barron, the author of African fantasy KINGDOM OF SOULS. And she’s here today with a post opening up about her journey towards being a published author. And let me tell you, I loved how candid and real this post is, and I’m honored to be sharing it with the rest of you. So enough from me, because that’s NOT what you’re here for and let’s get on with the actual post. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Being a Bookworm in Portugal

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Hi, bookworm friends! My name is Marta and I usually rant about my opinions on books and bookish subjects on my blog, the book mermaid. Today I changed it up a bit, but I’m here to share with you how my reading habits are seen in my country, Portugal, that is indeed quite small(ish) – especially compared to the US. 😞 Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Writing a Biracial Identity


Writing a book is difficult. Try adding in pieces of yourself and the process gets even more complicated.

            I’ve wanted to include a piece of myself in every story. Up until I tackled my first book, it was usually depression or anxiety rep. These were two things I had become so intimately tied to that putting them on the page seemed natural. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : The Rise of Diversity + Book recommendations


Hi Guys! Today , for the first time ever, I am writing a discussion post about a topic I feel strongly about: The rise of diversity in books and the recognition of diverse authors and books and the positive impact it has brought about.

Since last year, I have seen more and more people picking up books by minority authors and giving them the same love and recognition (rightfully deserves) which they would give to a non-POC author. I am Indian and I myself admittedly did not always read a lot of diverse books. I feel bad about it now because being a POC, I should’ve been more aware of such books. I always read the most popular books and hence neglected other lesser known books. But better late than never, I have realized my mistake and hence I am consciously trying to bring a change and support more diverse authors.

This recent surge of diverse books and the appreciation that they’re getting is the happiest thing for me. Usually, we always read a lot about Greek Mythology but not a lot of books with Hindu mythology or Chinese mythology or Malaysian history got a lot of attention. This is not because of the lack of such books but the lack of recognition for them.

When I first read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon I was elated. The protagonist being of Indian descent and the stories, the people and the food made me feel so connected to it. That is when I understood how beautiful diverse books can be in being able to connect the reader to their roots. Since then I have tried and read a lot of such books such as : The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, An Ember in Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, Love, Hate and other filters by Samira Ahmed, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I have many beautiful books on my TBR which I yet have to read which I know are going to super fun and amazing.

One of the biggest advantages of this rise is the appreciation the authors get. Historically, POC have always had it difficult but to be able to see people enjoying their book and learning about the culture and heritage is just amazing. This gives a lot more encouragement to many readers and authors to bring forward their stories. It is also a beautiful feeling as a reader to be able to read about your culture, heritage, people and food especially from a person who understands and appreciates it.

It helps to fight the stereotypes that are surrounding various diverse communities as well and helps everyone to be more sensitive and aware of the different cultures and communities. This is why I urge you all to support more diverse books and authors and shower them with the love and hype they deserve!

You can also participate in the Year of the Asian reading challenge hosted by Shealea, Lily, CW and Vicky in which we are reading books by Asian authors and supporting them. I love this challenge because I can read more Asian books and also support more of South Asian books. There are many book clubs you can join to read more diverse books like: Latinx Book Club, Stars and Sorcery Book Club which reads SFF written by authors of colour, Diverse Divers Book Club.

Thanks to the YARC 2019, I have read some great books recently which are: Jade City by Fonda Lee, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

Although there have been significant progress, we still have a long way to go as even now there are a lot of such communities and identities which are not yet represented and which do not get the same recognition. I hope we get to see a lot of changes and love for diverse authors and books all over.

I have some great diverse books on my TBR which you’ll can check out as well:

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Krisha is an Indian blogger who loves to talk about books and everything related. A lover of diverse books and flowers 🌹🌸

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss is a way to boost diverse bloggers who are brilliant, have a lot to say and deserve to be heard loud and clear. What this is, is basically a guest post feature where every Sunday, one blogger from a minority will discuss things they are passionate about on my blog. 


#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Where are all the British Pakistani authors in YA?

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There are a variety of reasons for the lack of the representation of British Pakistani young adults in literature as well as the lack of British Pakistani authors, but the prime reason is perhaps the fact of how the publishing industry is perceived. That’s not to say that there aren’t many other marginalised groups such as British Bangladeshi, British Indian and British Chinese…to name just a few, there’s a whole long list, but because of my own experiences I’ve decided to focus on British Pakistani. Continue reading