January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up


In January, I read some gems. Here’s a few YA novels with fantastic Muslim heroines.

A graphic novel which follows Kamala, a seriously awesome Pakistani-American superhero.

YA Historical novel which follows Hayaat, a Palestinian youth who undertakes a journey to Jerusalem to help her grandmother.

YA Mystery novel feat. Asiya, a Bengali-Canadian heroine with sharp detective skills.

I also read and reviewed Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami. An Arabian Nights take on a curse that befalls a storyteller in Damascus, Syria. The storyteller’s friends are religiously diverse – notably Muslim, Jewish and Christian. On a similar note, Where the Streets Had a Name also shows aspects of a multi-faith society through friendship.

#DiverseAThon Wrap-Up:

Even though I only finished God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen, I shared some thoughts on this cozy mystery in a review.

I am currently halfway through The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu. Some scifi with equal parts darkness and hope. I update Goodreads with notes as I read the short stories. Will try to expand upon a few of them later on.

#DAReadathon Wrap-Up:

A MG novel about Filipinx-American sisters and the power of stories. Reviewed here.

Thoughts in this short review.

Very much an adult lit. read. Some surreal, satirical and dark stories. This anthology features writers from East-Asia, South-east Asia and the diaspora. I liked the stories by Tom Cho, Avianti Armand, Tiffany Tsao, Jing-Jing Lee, Cyril Wong and John Bengan.

Loved this collection of short stories. The first story features a f/f romance. Will try to share a full review.

A YA historical verse novel about an Indigenous Australian heroine’s experience of the Stolen Generation. The young voice rings with a lot of power in exposing a history that should never be forgotten.

I need the sequels asap. Seriously, superhero stories for the present.

An Australian YA novel with a nuanced take on coming out, friendship and grief.


January Spotlight Lists:

February Focus:

It is now Black History Month, so will catch up on reviews and re-read Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler for #DSFFBookClub:

*Also, will be reading some non-fiction chapters on Intersectionality over at the Diverse Study Group!

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