contemporary · own voices · young adult

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

LIKE NANCY DREW, BUT NOT… Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead… Continue reading God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

australian author · book list · own voices

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.

historical fiction · own voices · translated

Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

  ‘It is 1959, Damascus. The most famous storyteller in Damascus, Salim, the coachman, has mysteriously lost his voice. For seven nights, his seven old friends gather to break the spell with their seven different, unique stories — some personal, some modern, some borrowed from the past. Against the backdrop of shifting Middle Eastern politics,… Continue reading Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

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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

book list · own voices

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

contemporary · middle grade · own voices

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Two sisters from the Philippines, abandoned by their father and living in impoverished circumstances in Louisiana, fight to make their lives better. Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. Just like her mother always could. And Soledad has needed that escape more than ever in the five years since her… Continue reading The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

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#DiversityDecBingo 2016 Wrap-up & 2017 Resolutions

I’m grateful to the #DiverseBookBloggers community this year. I never knew how much I needed a community where I could find, talk about and share some of the fantastic books that exist. Even though I still think my book reviews need a lot of work, I’m thankful to each reader who dropped by. 2017 Resolutions 1) Continue… Continue reading #DiversityDecBingo 2016 Wrap-up & 2017 Resolutions