My best friend picks my TBR

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Hello friends!

You know what my favourite thing about this community is? All the people I got to meet and friendships I got to make. I’ve met some of my bestest friends through my blog, and Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks comes on top. She’s the most genuine, caring and loyal friend anyone could ask for and just all around a ray of sunshine so it’s safe to say that I am blessed. And what do bibliophile best friends do? They spend half the time they talk yelling at each other to read the other’s favourite book. This isn’t a joke. Laura and I spend a ridiculous amount of time harassing each other about this. Continue reading

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Word Wonder’s TBR Expansion: Books with Transgender and/or Non-binary Main Characters

 

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Hello friends!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve added to my recommendations series (since August to be precise) but we all know I was in a slump and when I got out of it I wanted to take things easy and since these posts take A LOT of time and Energy to put together and I really didn’t feel up to writing one at all. Up until a couple weeks ago so good news, WE’RE BACK FOLKS! I’m not going to be making them monthly anymore, these post will happen maybe once every three months or so because of the aforementioned reasons. I’ll stop rambling now and get on with a list of books with non-binary and/or transgender main characters. Continue reading

All the series of EVER (read, reading, to read)

Hello guys !

So, the other day I was thinking about all the series I read, the mistakes I made, how many times I fell in love (with books, duhh!!), how many hours I will never get back, you know, that kind of fun stuff and this idea sparked in my head. Why not share with you, the series I read, am currently reading and the ones I really want to read sometime soon. To make it a little more fun though, I’ll write with that the first sentence that comes to mind when I think of said books. This might be ridiculous, offensive, hilarious or completely boring. We shall see how it goes !

Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages

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This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

Is it getting hot in here? The temperature is definitely rising.

 

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Scepticism turned into love, I never regretted it since.

 

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Why did it have to go downhill so quick?

 

Blue Bloods – Melissa De La Cruz

This series was the glory of my tween years *sigh*

 

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

Can we not rehash the past? Please?

 

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I was obsessed… For a couple of minutes!

 

Razorland– Ann Aguirre

I don’t remember much other than BEST POST-APOCALYPTIC TRILOGY (I think ?)

 

The Selection – Kiera Kass

Should’ve stopped at 3. Three is the magical number here.

 

The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Why haven’t I read this sooner?

 

The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

JEM. WILL. My heart cannot take all the feels surging back. *drowns in the feels*

 

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

I’m swooning just thinking about all the romance going on.

 

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

I’m rereading this at the moment and IT IS GLORIOUS.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (All published)

I have only Winter left to read and I’m savoring it because I DON’T WANT IT TO END.

 

Shades of Magic – V. E. Schwab (Ongoing)

WHY DID I READ THIS BEFORE THE FINAL BOOK’S RELEASE?

 

Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin (Ongoing)

Can November come ANY sooner? I can’t take the wait anymore.

Ryan Graudin - (#1) Wolf by Wolf            Ryan Graudin - (#2) Blood for Blood

Deanna Madden – A. R. Torre (All published)

I need more of this creepiness in my life.

 

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

I’m probably starting this one pretty soon.

 

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

I’m starting this one even sooner?

 

Starbound – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I almost gave up on this one but some of you changed my mind.

 

The Spinster Club – Holly Bourne

I heard the word Feminism and got REALLY curious.

 

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

One day, friends. ONE DAY.

 

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Yes, I have been living under a rock for the past few years.

 

Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness

OMG I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE. I just have to buy it first.

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman

Hell yes to everything WWII related.

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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Won a copy of the first book in a giveaway, I’m reading it as soon as it comes. YAY!

Sabaa Tahir - An Ember in the Ashes           Sabaa Tahir - (#2) A Torch against the Night

Firebird – Claudia Gray

The premise has me so intrigued and the covers mesmerized.

 

The Conquerors – Kiersten White

I hear violence and ruthless MC, I come running.

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This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I need Schwab. GIMME ALL THE SCHWAB.

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Vicious – Victoria Schwab

Read above.

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The Dark Artifacts – Cassandra Clare

I swear I’m almost there, picking it up soon.

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Millenium – Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is giving me the mean eye right now.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Yep. Late to the party. AGAIN.

 

Thunder Road -Katie McGarry

Kickass titles are very attractive to me.

 

The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Cool formats are very attractive to me too?

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - The Illuminae Files #1         Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - The Illuminae Files #2

The Grisha – Leigh Bardugo

Again, darkness, violence and monsters. GIMME.

 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Same world as the Grisha, duuh !!

Leigh Bardugo - Six of Crows #1         Leigh Bardugo - Six of Crows #2

I think I’ll stop here for all of our sakes, I’m sure there are a lot more but those are the ones that I REALLY want to read.


That’s it until next time.

Do you have any other series recommendations? Are any of these favorites of yours?

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My Diverse Reading – Or Lack there Of

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As you must’ve guessed from the title, I have a confession to make that I’m not very proud of. Not at all. My reading isn’t diverse and I’m very embarrassed about that. And I don’t mean genre wise because I read plenty of genres, you name it, I read it (Almost hehe) but when it comes to character and author diversity, I am crap. I stick mostly to white people in both of them, and 99% of the characters I read about are straight (Okay I made that number up but you get the point) which in itself isn’t bad but it is kind of funny because I am a Muslim person of color so I should encourage Own voices authors and read everything they have to say because every story deserves to be told and read.

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“It is the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization.”

What does that mean for me as a reader I hear you asking ? It means that we shouldn’t limit your reading to one culture, religion, sexual orientation or group of people. We read about white protagonists ? That’s good, now add to that black people, latinos, Arabs, native Americans, Indians etcetera etcetera… We can also read about Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists among other religions. Straight, queer, trans, asexual and so on and so forth. Let’s also not forget about illnesses and diseases. All voices deserve to be heard to the same extent.

This will not only help the authors but it will also help US get out of our little bubble and learn more about what’s happening around us, right under our noses or at the other side of the globe.

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I quite frankly wasn’t aware of it. I didn’t know that diverse reading was actually a thing. I just picked up whatever book I thought was interesting and most books I heard about were popular books and let’s face it, most popular books don’t promote diversity.

Before blogging and interacting with people from all kinds of backgrounds, I didn’t know that I needed to read diverse. Yes, I said “need” because these last few weeks I’ve been thinking of it a lot and it’s become a “need” more than it is a “want”. It’s like this whole new world opened up to me and I can’t wait to explore it.

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Well everything began with this hashtag called #Diversebookbloggers on Twitter that was initiated by Naz @ Read Diverse Books I believe. I started quietly following their threads and discussions there. I know what you’re thinking. I am a “diverse” person by definition so I should engage in those discussions. But I honestly felt unworthy of it and kind of ashamed of how uninformed on the matter I was. I just fished for every Q and A they had haha, I craved knowledge on the matter.

So I learnt a few things that I didn’t particularly like with the main one being that Own Voices authors are not very encouraged in the publishing area, they have to struggle more to get their stories out there and heard, and that they won’t become popular unless us, readers, decide to listen to what they have to say and promote their books. That’s when I decided it was time to step up. I pledge to read more diverse from now on, I am not saying that I’ll drastically change my reading ways but I’m going to start including more Own Voice books. But it took me a while to finally take the plunge and just do it. Why? Because I didn’t know where to start, I was overwhelmed by everything I just learnt and I needed time to process it and see how to go about it and I am ready now. #Diversebookbloggers have converted me haha.

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From left to right, top to bottom :

  1. FROM MY SISTER’S LIPS Naima B. Robert
  2. LABYRITH LOST Zoraida Cordova
  3. MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD Fransisco X. Stork
  4. SAREE Su Dharmapala
  5. WRITTEN IN THE STARS Aisha Saeed
  6. AMERICANAH Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. MORE HAPPY THAN NOTAdam Silvera
  8. AKATA WITCH Nnedi Okorafor
  9. JULIET TAKES A BREATH Gabby Rivera
  10. WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA Randa Abdel-Fattah

Some of these books I discovered on my own, most of them though I got off of Naz’s blog (Thank you so much !). Special notice to From My Sisters’ lips which I discovered through Fatima @ Noteable Pad during one of our many awesome late night conversations a few days ago and I can’t wait to get my hands on it -which has proven to be very difficult- and read all of the stories it holds inside.

*The titles are direct links to the Goodreads pages


That’s it until next time.

Are you a Diverse Reader? Have you always been? What are some of the best Own Voice books you have read?

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16 books I want to read in 2016

Hello guys !

I was thinking the other day how I don’t read standalones that much, so I went through my “To-read” shelf on goodreads and came up with 16 books that I want to tackle this year, which was hard to do. Not to my surprise, that shelf was FILLED with series (you can see the top 16 I want to read this year here), sequels and such. With this list, I know that I’ll at least read 16 standalones, most of which I already have patiently sitting on my shelves.

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These are in no particular order.

1-I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON ✔

Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the SunI heard a lot of good things about this one. I actually think that I haven’t read or seen one bad review about it.

Funny story is I love contemporary but I don’t read it that much, I always find myself picking up fantasy and I’m trying to change that and this book among others seems to be the perfect way to do it.

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2- UGLY LOVE – COLLEEN HOOVER ✔

Colleen Hoover - Ugly loveAm I the only one who still hasn’t read any of Colleen Hoover’s book ?

From what I’ve seen, she seems to be the ultimate Contemporary writer and I for some reason still haven’t hopped on that train. This book here is to symbolize more Colleen Hoover books, YAY !

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3- I AM THE MESSENGER – MARKUS SUZAK ✔

Markus Suzak - I Am the MessengerAbout two years ago, I read The Book Thief by the same author and it became one of my favorite books of all times (If you haven’t read it yet, what are waiting for? Go do it NOW!). Since then, I’ve been meaning to read this one, plus the synopsis is so intriguing and unique, I can’t wait to get more of Markus’ writing.

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4- CARRY ON – RAINBOW ROWELL

Rainbow Rowell - Carry onThis book just sounds so funny and cute.

I also think that I am one of the last people on the planet who haven’t read it yet and I want to fix that and see what all the fuss is about.

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5- MORE HAPPY THAN NOT – ADAM SILVERA ✔

Adam Silvera - More happy than notA lot of realism with a little bit of Sci-fi, you don’t need to beg me: I’m buying.

Plus, I’ve heard that this book is heartbreaking, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to get their heart broken by a book?

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6- THE NIGHTINGALE – KRISTIN HANNAH

Kristin Hannah - The nightingaleHistorical fiction ? Check. WWII ? Check. Love ? Check. Betrayal ? Check.

This books just sounds like something I would read. And really enjoy. I’ll get back t you on how that goes.

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7- SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE – MORGAN MATSON ✔

Morgan Matson - Since you've been goneI have been looking for a book with a beautiful strong friendship for so long, as those don’t seem to be running the streets these days. So, when I found this one I didn’t even think twice, I snatched it from the shelves and took it home with me.

I don’t know much more than that, and I’m happy that way.

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8- THE SIREN – KIERA CASS

Kiera Cass - The Siren

I’ve never ever ever read a book about sirens and this one’s blurb seems fairly intriguing and I’m familiar with Kiera’s writing so why not try this one out and maybe tell you what I think about it ?

And the cover is so pretty.

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9- WHAT WE SAW – AARON HARTZLER

Aaron Hartzler - What we sawTrigger warning : Rape

I think that this is a subject that a lot of people look over until they experience it or know someone who does, which is sad because it should be discussed more. That is mainly why I’m reading this book, this could be on the more “challenging” side of reading.

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10- SALT TO THE SEA – RUTA SEPETYS

Ruta Sepetys - Salt to the sea.jpgAgain. Historical fiction, WWII (ish?). Everything I want. Everything I need.

And the blurb is very mysterious so I’m pretty much going in blind, and I’m so excited about that.

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11- THE NIGHT CIRCUS -ERIN MORGENSTERN

Erin Morgenstern - The night circusThis book and I have an on and off relationship. I first wanted to read it, then not anymore. Now again, I want to read it, so I don’t know if by the time I get to it I’ll still want to or not.

So this one is kind of a question mark.

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12- THE FORBIDDEN WISH – JESSICA KHOURY

ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddThis girl right here is a sucker for fairytale retellings. And ALADDIN? Heck yes. I grew up reading it, watching it, breathing it, sleeping it. Okay I got a little carried away for a moment, but you see the picture, I just can’t wait to pick this up.

Plus, just look at how pretty that cover is, I’m melting.

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13- ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – ANTHONY DOERR

Anthony Doeer - All the light we cannot seeI’m kind of starting to see a pattern here. Can someone guess what time period I’m obsessing over at the time?

Yes, you guessed right, it is WWII. It is just so fascinating to me and I remember loving it even when I studied it in High school.

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14- SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA – BECKY ALBERTALLI

Becky Albertalli - Simon vs The homo sapiens AgendaTo be honest, I don’t know much about this book, it’s just that I’ve heard everyone raving about it and I am curious to see what the hype is all about.

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15-ATTACHMENT – RAINBOW ROWELL ✔

Rainbow Rowell - Attachement“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …” Rainbow Rowell had me from that sentence. It just sounds like it would be an easy, funny, fluffy read and I love that. I’m really looking forward to devouring this one.

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16- EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU – NINA LACOUR

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I’ll admit that I picked this book up because of the cover. JUST LOOK AT HOW PRETTY IT IS. And don’t judge me, we’ve all been guilty of choosing some books because of their covers, sometimes regreting it but never learning from it. So yeah, we’ll see where this leads and if it was a wise choice to give away to the beauty that meets the eye.

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That’s it until next time.

Are there any other standalones you think I should read? And what are some books you hoping to read this year?

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