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#AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

If anyone is up for fun in May, a group of book bloggers and I are co-hosting the #AsianLitBingo. Asian Lit Bingo is a reading challenge aimed at supporting and highlighting books with Asian protagonists by Asian authors. Many thanks to Shenwei for launching this project and bringing all the co-hosts on board. General Rules… Continue reading #AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

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Spotlight #5: Djinn

As a fan of fantasy literature, it’s also important to recognise the cultural roots of mythological beings. The writing podcast with Sami Shah and Nadia Niaz highlights the place djinn has in Muslim mythology from the perspective of writers who grew up with these stories. The following books below are layered stories which acknowledge these roots.… Continue reading Spotlight #5: Djinn

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February Books

The blog has been relatively quiet but pages are still being turned offline. Books read in February – The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus This is a strong collection of Afro-futuristic stories. Review soon. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman Loved this verse novel. This blog should be dedicated to Nafiza’s book recommendations. Parable of the Sower by… Continue reading February Books

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

In January, I read some gems. Here’s a few YA novels with fantastic Muslim heroines.  Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona. A graphic novel which follows Kamala, a seriously awesome Pakistani-American superhero.  Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah. YA Historical novel which follows Hayaat, a Palestinian youth who undertakes a journey to Jerusalem to… Continue reading January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up

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Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.

There is so much Indigenous Australian literature present beyond this small list for today’s spotlight. For more books, I recommend these publishers who publish work from Indigenous Australian writers: Magabala Books, UQP, IAD Press, Black Ink Press and Aboriginal Studies Press. Keep reading Indigenous Australian writing today, tomorrow and all the days to come. Diversity Spotlight (hosted by Aimal) will take place… Continue reading Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.

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Tiny #DiverseAThon TBR

My bookish calendar for this year is predominantly diverse books, but for anyone who also wants to participate in a no-stress readathon, check out #DiverseAThon next week as it runs from Jan 22 – 29. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu I’ve read a couple of Liu’s previous stories in magazines, so I’m excited to read… Continue reading Tiny #DiverseAThon TBR

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Spotlight #3 Poetry

Thanks to Aimal for creating and hosting this feature: See her announcement post for the full details. (Here’s my throwback link to Diversity Thursday #2 if you missed it.) Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week: I, too, can love you in my dialect, you know, punctuated… Continue reading Spotlight #3 Poetry