#DiverseReadsOf2020: 20+ books by Muslim authors releasing in 2020

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The Diverse Reads of 2020 is a series of blog posts organised by Taiwo (go follow her blog), in which book bloggers of different marginalisations make lists of books coming this year based on their marginalisations.

Today in no particular order, I’ll be bringing you 20+ books by Muslim authors across different age groups, genres and forms of literature, releasing this year.


YA

1. We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal.

Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.

Remember when I said in no particular order, I lied. We Free The Stars is one of my anticipated books of the 2020, and I have definitely spent hours staring at the ceiling and wondering why I don’t have it in my hands. I think its no secret how much I love its prequel, We Hunt The Flame (twitter is a witness of my shame). I’m really excited about We Free The Stars and can’t wait for its release.

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2. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.
When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized

Another book for which I lied about the lack of order. I know about coherent words and constructiveness but… Muslim. Gays. aaahhhhh

I’m so excited for Henna Wars (i might just sign my soul off somewhere). I’m so so excited for this book to be out into the world. I’m so hungry for queer Muslim rep, especially when the characters are POC. I can’t wait to love this book.

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3. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.

I lied again. I started the Shatter Me series last year, and while I’m still on the fourth book, I’m so excited for more Warnerette and Kenji, especially Kenji.

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4. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed.

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.
It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light.
Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.
Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

At this stage, discard whatever I said about the order. I’m super excited about this book. Young Muslim women fighting societal and familial expectation.

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5. More Than Just A Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood.

For fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han, a sweetly funny YA rom-com debut about falling in love, familial expectations, and being a Renaissance Man.
Danyal Jilani doesn’t lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he’s funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn’t approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal’s longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.
When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man–a school-wide academic championship–it’s the perfect opportunity to show everyone he’s smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her…the more he learns from her…the more he cooks for her…the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.

First, aaaahhhhh!!! A cute rom-com with Desi Muslim kids, yes! And one that is shown from the perspective of a male MC, yes please.

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6. Thorn by Intisar Khanani

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own
Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.
When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.
But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.
With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn.

I love fairy tale retellings, and even if I don’t know the original tale of goose girl, I’m excited for Thorn.

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7. No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard

Fans of the riveting mystery in Courtney Summers’s Sadie and the themes of race and religion in Samira Ahmed’s Internment will be captivated by this exploration of the intersection of Islamaphobia and white supremacy as an American Muslim teen is forced to confront hatred and hidden danger when she is framed for a terrorist act she did not commit.
Salma Bakkioui has always loved living in her suburban cul-de-sac, with her best friend Mariam next door, and her boyfriend Amir nearby. Then things start to change. Friends start to distance themselves. Mariam’s family moves when her father’s patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Even trusted teachers look the other way when hostile students threaten Salma at school.
After a terrorist bombing nearby, Islamaphobia tightens its grip around Salma and her family. Shockingly, she and Amir find themselves with few allies as they come under suspicion for the bombing. As Salma starts to investigate who is framing them, she uncovers a deadly secret conspiracy with suspicious ties to her new neighbors–but no one believes her. Salma must use her coding talent, wits, and faith to expose the truth and protect the only home she’s ever known–before it’s too late.

I’m so so excited about No True Believers. In truth, I didn’t know about this book until about five days ago when I was searching for books, but I honestly can’t wait for it to be out. NTB has Muslim teens dating, programming geeks and themes on islamophobia and white supremacy; which are literally all the things I need.

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8. Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan

Zara’s family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them.
Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family’s dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years.
But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far, leaving a threatening note in her locker, and gets suspended. As an act of revenge against her for speaking out, Tyler and his friends vandalize Zara’s house with racist graffiti, leading to a violent crime that puts Zara’s entire future at risk. Now she must pay the ultimate price and choose between fighting to stay in the only place she’s ever called home or losing the life she loves and everyone in it.
From the author of the “heart-wrenching yet hopeful” (Samira Ahmed) novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, comes a timely, intimate look at what it means to be an immigrant in America today, and the endurance of hope and faith in the face of hate.

First, queer desi Muslim rep!!! A book with a bisexual Muslim MC fighting islamophobia, racism and white supremacy? Yes, please.
And also the cover… I am very pleased.

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9. This is All Your Fault by Amina Mae Safi

Set over the course of one day, this smart and voice-driven YA novel follows three young women determined to save their indie bookstore.
Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.

Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.

Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.

When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.

And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.

Book lovers trying to save an indie bookstore they love? Aye!

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10. Yes, No, Maybe So by Aisha Saeed and Becky Albertali

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

I think this book sounds positively adorable and you should read it!

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11. Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud.

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl
forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into
isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had
cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion
and has cornered her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, she
will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani desperately wants to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her
people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: Will she continue
to aid them and put her family—and herself—in mortal danger? And can she
remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

Swapping of identities and falling in love with your double fiance? Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!

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12. Untitled (Light the Abyss #2) by London Shah

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Kidlit/MG

 

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13. Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Illustrated by Luisa Uribe.

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

I don’t read Kidlit, but Your Name Is a Song is a book I’d love to read. A lot of people with non western names have had odd relationships with their names, and are growing love them or in the process of loving their names. Your Name Is a Song sounds like a really amazing and I’m anticipating its release.

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14. Unexpected Super Spy: Book 2 (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian, and Illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

Welcome back to Planet Omar! The second book in Zanib Mian’s laugh-out-loud series, with amazing cartoon-style illustrations from Nasaya Mafaridik. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid.

Omar and his friends have been saving up their pocket money for ages so they can have the world’s most epic Nerf Blaster battle. But when Omar discovers that his mosque is in trouble, they decide to donate their pennies to help save it.

Then they try to raise some more money by:
Doing some chores (boorrring)
Selling some home-made cookies (deeelicious)
Holding a talent contest (YESSSSSSS)

Everything goes PERFECTLY until the money mysteriously goes missing. Can they work out who has taken it in time to stop the mosque closing down?

And what exactly is Omar’s sister Maryam hiding in her room…?

Have you read the first book in the series, Accidental Trouble Magnet ? Love Reading 4 Kids called it ‘ irresistible reading’!

This book looks absolutely adorable. The cover and art style, and Muslim kids saving to help their local mosque…be right back, I need to cry my eyes out.

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15. The Girl and The Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

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I don’t need to know what its about, I’m already excited for its release.

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16. A Place At The Table by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi

A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom.
Sixth-graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is huge and completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher. The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners … but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends?

A Place At The Table sounds absolutely adorable and I love how it about friendship and fitting in. It also has depression rep, although secondary, which is an extra win for me.

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17. The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil

Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts. That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. The next day her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a quilt (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.

The Arabic Quilt looks so sweet and heartwarming, and is just about the kind of book I’d recommend to anyone who will listen to me talk.

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18. A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Set in Karachi, the middle grade contemporary novel follows American-born Mimi as she searches for her absent father, and Pakistani-born Sakina, who balances her dreams against her family’s needs, over the course of a summer.

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19. Farah Rocks Fifth Grade (Farah Rocks #1)

Farah and her best friend, Allie Liu, are getting excited to turn in their applications to the Magnet Academy, where they both hope to attend sixth grade. But when new girl Dana Denver shows up, Farah’s world is turned upside down. As Dana starts bullying Farah’s little brother, Samir, Farah begins to second-guess her choice to leave him behind at Harbortown Elementary/Middle School. Determined to handle it on her own, Farah comes up with a plan–a plan that involves lying to those closest to her. Will her lies catch up with her, or can Farah find a way to defeat the bully and rock fifth grade?

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade sounds like a wonderful book about the bond between siblings and the sacrifices of an older sibling. I might not read MG or Kidlit, but like the other books of these age categories, Farah Rocks makes me want to try it out this year.

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Adult

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20. Empire of Gold (The Daevabad trilogy #3) by S.A Chakraborty

The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.
Daevabad has fallen.
After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.
Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.
As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.

The last installation of the Daevabad trilogy is one the most anticipated books of 2020 I know. I might not have exactly started the trilogy (I’m actually on page 5, but still…), its one of the books by friends and faves are anticipating and I’m also excited for it.

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Comics

 

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21. That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy

Chaperones, suitors, and arranged marriages aren’t only reserved for the heroines of a Jane Austen novel. They’re just another walk in the park for this leading lady, who is on a mission to find her leading lad. From the brilliant comics Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda Fahmy tells the hilarious story of how she met and married her husband. Navigating mismatched suitors, gossiping aunties, and societal expectations for Muslim women, That Can Be Arranged deftly and hilariously reveals to readers what it can be like to find a husband as an observant Muslim woman in the twenty-first century.

So relevant in today’s evolving cultural climate, Fahmy’s story offers a perceptive and personal glimpse into the sometimes sticky but ultimately rewarding balance of independent choice and tradition.

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this book. I follow Huda on twitter and her tweets and comics are so relatable and funny, and have you seen the cute previews of the books? They’re everything!

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Literary Fiction

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22. Thirty Names Of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.
Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. As his grandmother’s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend (who also happens to be his longtime crush). The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.
One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths. In fact, Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s—and his grandmother’s—in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew. Realizing that he isn’t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name: Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare.
As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save. Following his mother’s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.
Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar’s signature “magical and heart-wrenching” (The Christian Science Monitor) storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.

The Thirty Names of Night is a book I really, really want to read. I can’t really name ten books with trans Muslim characters from the top of my head, but be fair my reading of books by marginalised authors or with marginalised characters isn’t exactly impressive, so I’m extremely excited about this story following a Muslim trans boy and with a cast of queer people of colour.

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23. The Beauty Of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter—radicalized by the online alt-right—attacks the school.

As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.

The Beauty of Your Face is a profound and poignant exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.

I’m so ready for this book about bigotry, loss, family, identity, community and the joy that could be found in faith.

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Poetry

 

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24. The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr

Award-winning Arab Australian poet Omar Sakr presents a pulsating collection of poetry that interrogates the bonds and borders of family, faith, queerness, and nationality.
Visceral and energetic, Sakr’s poetry confronts the complicated notion of “belonging” when one’s family, culture, and country are at odds with one’s personal identity. Braiding together sexuality and divinity, conflict and redemption, The Lost Arabs is a fierce, urgent collection from a distinct new voice.

I don’t exactly read poetry, but this poetry about the paradox of belonging I’ll love to.

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25. To All The Yellow Flowers

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26. Sincerely Yours, F.S Yousaf

Searching for a profound way to propose to his love, F.S. Yousaf reread the letters she had written him. In them he found his proposal, as well as inspiration to write his own prose and poetry. From this inspiration, Sincerely was born. It carries messages of positivity, hope, and most of all, true love.

Like I said, I don’t read poetry but book sounds so positively charming I’m tempted to.

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Other

 

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27. Once Upon An Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

Seeing the names of all the authors involved in this anthology makes me so excited.

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28. Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Carribean by Aliyah Khan

Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean is the first academic work on Muslims in the English-speaking Caribbean. Khan focuses on the fiction, poetry and music of Islam in Guyana, Trinidad, and Jamaica, combining archival research, ethnography, and literary analysis to argue for a historical continuity of Afro- and Indo-Muslim presence and cultural production in the Caribbean: from Arabic-language autobiographical and religious texts written by enslaved Sufi West Africans in nineteenth century Jamaica, to early twentieth century fictions of post-indenture South Asian Muslim indigeneity and El Dorado, to the 1990 Jamaat al-Muslimeen attempted government coup in Trinidad and its calypso music, to judicial cases of contemporary interaction between Caribbean Muslims and global terrorism. Khan argues that the Caribbean Muslim subject, the “fullaman,” a performative identity that relies on gendering and racializing Islam, troubles discourses of creolization that are fundamental to postcolonial nationalisms in the Caribbean.

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What books on this list are looking forward to this year? And if there’s a book by a Muslim author you’re anticipating that isn’t on this list, what is it?

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Blog Tour: Throw Like A Girl Review

BLURB

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

|CW: homophobia, cancer, fights |

Black, lesbian, other ethnicities

⭐⭐⭐★

3.5 stars for Throw Like A Girl.

Football, new beginnings and love; Throw Like A Girl is a cute book.

Normally I don’t readily pick YA novels set in high school with sports in them because they’re usually riddled with 99 different cliches, and while Throw Like A Girl might have a few cliches, I enjoyed it.

Throw Like A Girl is a soft, cute book about Liv Rodinsky who joins the football team at her new school as the a quarterback and the only female player on the team, to show the softball coach she can be a team player and get a spot on the school team.

I liked the plot and concept, it might not exactly be new, but I loved the execution. I loved how the ‘only girl on the football team’ theme was mostly free of sexist elements (there were a few, but not from the people who mattered). I loved how the football aspects wasn’t downplayed for the romance. The play, the training and the risk that comes with playing the sport was as much, if not even more, a part of the plot as the romance. I really liked it and how knowledgeable Henning is about the sport, the terminologies, the play techniques, the rush, I felt like I was in the stadium and actually watching the game. As a non-American who doesn’t know much about the sport, I actually feel interested in the sport now.

I also loved how apart from being sport centred, it was also centred around family, friendships and other non romantic relationships. I loved the relationship between Liv and her family, especially her siblings. I loved the closeness of the siblings, as well as the bond between the teammates and Liv’s relationship with her best friend, romance, all of these made the book enjoyable.

The characters were pretty ok…

Like I said before, the characters and their relationships were one of the things I enjoyed about the book.

I liked how the teenage cast were actually teenagers. They were messy, rash, emotional and not always rational — not a group of adults in disguise.

I liked Liv, the main character, she was determined, focused and endearingly chaotic. Grey, the love interest was also really likeable. I loved how he wasn’t the usual YA Asshole Bad Boy™, but was actually soft. And I also really liked Liv’s best friend, she was supportive, sweet and soft.

While I loved the relationship between the best friends, there were times I couldn’t help but feel that it was another case of black best friend syndrome, even though it mostly wasn’t.

The romance seemed to rushed, and there were some cliches…

While Liv’s and Grey’s relationship was cute, it felt to hurried. It was like they went from 0-100 too fast. One minute they just met and the next they were attached at the hip?

And the cliches…Throw Like A Girl might not have been a big bundle of cliches, but it had some and I wasn’t a fan of most of them.

Overall, it was an entertaining read…

From the really good writing, equally good characters and relationships, I really enjoyed Throw Like A Girl.

If you like sport romance, some high school drama (very little actually), cute couples, tight families and friendships, and non asshole boys; you’ll like Throw Like A Girl.

“Standing up for yourself doesn’t mean walking away.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.

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Wranglestone [ARC Review]

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Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared…

In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.

Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the community of Wranglestone. Now he must help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, herd the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over.

But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.

An action-packed and thought-provoking debut, for fans of Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick, DREAD NATION and The Walking Dead.

|CW: gore, death, loss of a loved one|

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4 stars

Zombies, survival, gay kids in love, Wranglestone was a mostly fun read.

I haven’t read horror in years, but when I saw the blurb of Wranglestone I was interested and I don’t regret requesting it.

Wranglestone is a beautifully crafted story of survival. Set in post Apocalyptic America where the world has gone dead, the coming of winter signifies more the biting cold and the danger that usually come it with — it means death or the Dead.

I loved the concept and plot. I love stories with zombies, especially when they aren’t exactly what they seem, and I love the angle Wranglestone takes. The Dead or The Restless Ones or Pale Ones are chilling creatures who supposed to be haunting and mindless undead creatures but an unexpected complexity to them and how they come to be changes everything.

I can’t really discuss much about this unexpected twist without completely giving away the plot, and maybe because I don’t read enough horror books, but I was quite shocked at it.

Wranglestone also talks human nature, and translates it to be part of its plot. The selfishness, desperation and manipulation are woven wonderfully into the story and written so well into the fabric.

The plot was great, but the romance between the characters melted my heart…

If there is one thing I’m admittedly a sucker for, its useless gays. Peter and Cooper are Useless Gays ™.

I love how sweet and awkward they were, especially Peter. The romance between Peter and Cooper was one of my favourite things about Wranglestone, and God, they’re so cute!

“Nothin’. I just wanted to say your name is all. Peter.”

I felt like I lost my heart multiple times in the book. When I wasn’t gasping from shock of the events, I was cradling my chest because of these useless gays.

I love how casually queerness exists in this world. I found it wonderful.

The characters added to the story…

Even though Wranglestone is a more plot centred book, it also in some ways centred around the characters as its set in a small community.

I loved how it displayed complexity of community living and people themselves.

I also loved some of characters, the loveable ones, especially Peter. Peter is a sweet, smol, sensitive, cute dolt, and 100% certifiable useless gay. I really loved Cooper too, who’s also a sensitive, sweet, useless (maybe not as such as Pete) gay in his own right. I loved Peter’s dad who was so gentle and supportive of his son. I loved their tender father-son relationship.

Although, it seemed a little too positive for the plot, it was a really nice book…

Wranglestone, in my opinion, seemed a little too postive for a book about a zombie apocalypse in my opinion. Perhaps, its lightness, in my opinion, is part of its charm.

Overall, it was a really nice book. If you like zombies, useless gays and dark secrets, you’d like Wranglestone.

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All American Muslim Girl Blog Tour: Author Interview With Nadine Jolie Courtney

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Hello everyone!

Once again, its my stop for the All American Muslim Girl Blog Tour. In today’s post on the tour, I’ll be chatting with Nadine Jolie Courtney, author of All American Muslim Girl on her new release.

I read All American Muslim Girl over a week ago and I absolutely adored Allie’s story (You can read my review here) and today I’m excited to have this chat with Nadine.


Q: Salaam, Nadine! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, today! First, I’d like to congratulate you on your debut release, All American Muslim Girl. I loved it and I can’t stop thinking about it. Can you tell us what inspired you to write All American Muslim Girl and how the journey to publishing was?

A: Thank you so much! I first started thinking about the idea, more than ten years ago, of writing about a white-passing girl very much like myself named Allie Abraham, who felt caught between two worlds. I wrote a couple of pages in a Word document but quickly abandoned it. It wasn’t until the Muslim Ban, watching the protesters at JFK airport on TV, that I reopened it, literally crying as I started writing again.

Q: Before even reading All American Muslim Girl, I was struck by the name, why did you pick the name out? Was it a conscious decision? Or did it just feel right?

A: I always intended the book to be called All-American, but after we sold it, my editor suggested All-American Muslim Girl. Now it’s hard to imagine anything less than the full title!

Q: Allie’s relationship with her rather very large extended family is both parts beautiful and complex, especially her relationship with her teta. Why did you write such a relationship?

A: In many ways, this book is wish fulfillment for my own teta and myself. I learned Arabic before she passed away, but still not well enough to communicate with her as much as I would have liked.

Q: Allie deals with some of her bigoted classmates, even the ones with good intentions and genuine ignorance, with astounding tolerance borne of an awe inspiring emotional intelligence, one I can’t comprehend. How does she always remember to be so tolerant?

A: Because Allie has moved around so much, she’s spent her life as the perennial new girl. As a result, she feels like she’s always walking on eggshells and never wants to upset the delicate social balance: my husband and I call it “going along to get along.” As a Muslim, but particularly as a white-passing one, she’s lived her life being told she needs to hide her religion for safety’s sake, so that’s always humming in the back of her head: the idea that there’s something about her that needs guarding and safe-keeping. It’s a very emotional, limiting place to live your day-to-day life, and as a result she has her guard way up when dealing with the constant onslaught of microaggressions she must face. One of the main challenges of the book is her learning how to stand up for herself and her religion, even when it’s difficult, even when it upsets the social order, even when it’s the scariest thing imaginable and all she wants to do is hide.

Q: One of my favourite things about All American Muslim Girl, is the Allie’s friendship with the girls in her Qur’an study group or as I like to call them, the Revolutionaries. I absolutely adored how supportive they were of each other and how they tried to help each other both in faith and in life, despite their differences and disagreements. How did you feel when writing these scenes? And who of the girls, apart from Allie, is your favourite and why? (I know it’s a tough question, but hehe)

A: Ahh, the Revolutionaries! I love this!! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed those scenes, because they were my absolutely favorite to write. My favorite scene in the entire book is the second major study group scene, when Allie comes to the girls with some questions she’s been having and they get into a very respectful but intense debate about aspects of Islam. They are the kind of questions I’ve had with my own family members, and it was important to me to portray the variety of thought that exists within members of the religion: both so that Muslims would feel seen, and so that non-Muslims could understand that it’s impossible to paint us all with the same brush, as so often happens. As far as my favorite Revolutionary (ha!) is really is like choosing between favorite children: I have a soft spot for Fatima, because I love her kind heart and emotional intelligence, and I also get a kick out of Dua’s sense of humor.

Q: All American Muslim Girl though witty and humorous is an emotional book. What scenes did you find most emotional?

A: Thank you! Other than the study group scenes, which I felt were so critical to get right, the hardest scenes to write (no spoilers!) were anything involving Allie and her teta. I was thinking a lot of my own teta as I wrote the book’s later scenes, as well as my own mother. I actually cried a few times reading some of those scenes back, which to me was a sign that something was resonant there.

Q: If you had to pitch All American Muslim Girl in seven words, what would they be?

A: Islam, faith, family, love, courage, reflection, acceptance.


That brings an end to my interview with Nadine. If you enjoyed the interview and you’re interested in reading All American Muslim Girl, you can connect with Nadine on her socials and find the book in the information written below.

I really hope you enjoyed this interview as it is my first ever author interview.

Trigger Warnings: Anxiety, panic attack, Islamphobia, racism, loss of a loved one, alcohol intake, bullying


MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

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Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?
ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.

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MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Nadine Jolie Courtney is the author of ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL (FSG/2019). She is also author of ROMANCING THE THRONE, and—under her maiden name Nadine Haobsh—BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL and CONFESSIONS OF A BEAUTY ADDICT.
Nadine is a Circassian-American, a Muslim, and a believer that compassion and education can make the world a better place.
Nadine graduated from Barnard College and was formerly a beauty editor at Lucky and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines. As a travel, beauty, and royalty writer, her work has appeared in Town & Country magazine, Vanity Fair online, and Vogue online, and she has been profiled in Vogue, Cosmo, the New York Times, and Allure. She is a contributing writer for Angeleno magazine.
As a blonde-haired, green-eyed Muslim of Circassian descent, Nadine was raised to hide the truth about her religion, spending years hiding behind her white-passing privilege. Following the Muslim Ban, she gathered the courage to write a love letter to Islam—a book about a young girl running toward her Islamic heritage, rather than away from it. The resulting book—ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL—is designed as a tonic for other confused or curious cross-cultural kids, eager to finally embrace their own heritage.
An avowed Anglophile, Nadine has worked for Sarah, Duchess of York, and lived in England, Argentina and Palm Beach managing Carlos Gracida, the most successful polo player in history, favorite of Her Majesty The Queen, and teammate of HRHs Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry—settings and relationships Nadine drew upon while researching and writing ROMANCING THE THRONE.
Nadine is active on Twitter and Instagram, and she encourages readers to drop her a line there to say hello!
She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and her daughter.

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PREVIEW STOPS ON THE TOUR

November 12th:

Star Is All Booked Up Introduction Post

The Tsundoku Chronicles 5 Reasons You Should Read AAMG

November 13th: 

Em’s Bookish Musings Review + Mood Boards

November 14th:

Words about Words Review

November 15th:

Scientific Stars Review + Creative Post

The Tsundoku Chronicles Review

November 16th:

Moonlight Rendezvous Favorite Quotes + Review (and IG Post)

November 17th:

Nargis Kalani Review

 


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All American Muslim Girl Blog Tour: Review + Mood Boards

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Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?

ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.

|CW: anxiety, panic attack, Islamphobia, racism, loss of a loved one, alcohol intake, bullying|

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5 ‘I lost my heart’ stars for All American Muslim Girl.

A story on self love, identity, faith and belonging; All American Muslim Girl is a book I wish everyone would read…

When I first saw the synopsis of All American Muslim Girl, I thought I’ll love this book, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much I’ll love this book or how much it’ll mean to me.

Allie Abraham is the picture of the perfect All American Girl. Pale skinned, smart, perfectly mannered, matched to the hobbies wherever she lives, with an absolutely adorable boyfriend and a large social circle, but she’s also something no one should know. She’s the big, scary ‘M word’ — a Muslim.

All American Muslim Girl is a book that puts into the perspective the struggle of finding ones identity as a modern day Muslim in the twenty first century. The fear, the shame of passing enough to be ignored by bigots and not being enough among other Muslims, the anxiety that comes with every bad news and fear of being labelled.

From its inception, All American Muslim Girl gives a clear and honest picture of what it can mean to be Muslim, even one who has assimilated to the environment. The bigotry, hatred targeted towards Muslims and the ignorance —sometimes purposeful and sometimes truly unknowing — bigots have about Muslims and Islam. The mythical one type Muslim that looks a certain way and the ‘scary, dangerous’ Muslims vs the good, more Americanised and civilised Muslims that exists in every bigot’s mind. Allie experiences this forms of bigotry.

“What does that mean? Looking Muslim?”“You know.”“I don’t, actually. I’d love to hear you say what you mean. Do Muslims look a certain way?”

Although Islamophobia is always a needed discussion, Nadine doesn’t only address bigotry from outside the Muslim community in her book, but also the problems that exist within the Ummah itself and within Muslims. The strains of otherness from Muslims to their fellow Muslim, the bigotry that still seem to exist in our community — even though we’re found the dictates of love and equality — and struggle within Muslims themselves.

The struggle to be good enough, Muslim enough, the struggle to be perfect, even when we’re just human, and ignore ones questions, even those about issues within the Ummah, because Muslims don’t have the space to stumble and figure things out, and the fear of judgement from others in the only safe space we have, a safe space that doesn’t always exist for some of us.

All American Muslim Girl is also most importantly, a book about a teenage girl trying to navigate through faith and her culture, despite all that stands in her way and I loved how despite all the points being discussed, it stayed that, a story of girl who wants to find her.

All American is a book about teenagehood, Muslim-hood and all the important questions about faith and how it is perceived.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot, this good Muslim/ bad Muslim thing. What makes you bad? Is Samira a bad Muslim because she thinks the scholarly positions could be reformed? Is Shamsah a bad Muslim because she was born liking girls? Is Leila a bad Muslim because she doesn’t want a rope separating her from the guys while she prays? Am I a bad Muslim because I want to kiss Wells? Is there any wiggle room? Does it have to be all or nothing? There’s a war on Muslims, but I’m starting to realize it’s not just from everybody else. It comes from within us, too.

The characters own my heart…

The premise of All American Muslim Girl is absolutely beautiful, but the characters made the book was it is.
I loved the characters and how different they were. They weren’t some copy-paste version of some textbook How To Be The Perfect Muslim™, but real, flawed, grappling with faith and completely human.

Allie is a character after my own heart. I love her, she was so relatable. In one of my Goodreads updates I said she was most likely me with a different name, which is mostly true because I recognise so many of my struggles in Allie. She’s just a teenage girl trying to figure things out, and I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was fine and she was valid.

The relationships between the characters was absolutely wonderful too. I loved seeing Allie and her family together, the closeness and diversity of them was wonderful.

One of my favourite things in the book is the relationship between Allie and the girls in her Qur’an study group. Each of the girls are so different from the other, with different views, but they all care for each other and respect the other’s opinions. I loved seeing this kind of female friendship, and one where they called out issues amongst themselves and discussed them amicably.

The characters of All American Muslim made my heart so full. They are easily one of the best things about the book (especially Wells). Their differences, similarities, growth made AAMG an amazing book.

There is so much to say about All American Muslim Girl, but I can say its that’s perfect…

Its been quite hard to find the words to put together to explain how much I love this book and how important it is. All American Muslim Girl made me cry, laugh and made me feel happy seeing parts of me reflected in a book. I can only say I love it and I 1000% recommend it.


MOOD BOARDS

Welcome to the fun part! (Well, the review was good too, but a bit of a struggle to write hehe)

I made some mood boards inspired by some of my favourite characters of All American Muslim Girl. The mood boards are of my favourite Muslim girls (they’re my all children and I fight for them). I hope you love the mood boards as much as I loved making them and that you love the girls as much as I do when you get to read AAMG .

ALLIE

DUA

SHAMSAH

LEILA

FATIMA

SAMIRA


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The Kiss Thief [Book Review]

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They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

|CW: alcohol, smoking, cheating, violence, domestic abuse, murder|

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2.75 stars for The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen.

Enemies to lovers, arranged marriages and the mafia; The Kiss Thief was an ok book.

The Kiss Thief is a book I’ve been dancing around reading for a while, and it was a good enough read.

Francesca Rossi was supposed to identify the love of her life — whom she’s already half certain about who it was —, like other Rossi women before her, by three letters from left to her by the previous Rossi woman in a old wooden chest, but things don’t go as planned and her ‘true love’ isn’t who she expected or wanted to be.

I felt impartial about the concept of finding love by some mystical family tradition. I couldn’t quite decide how I felt about a generational guide to find love (I thought both sweet and a little silly), but the letters themselves swayed my stance, because they were in themselves, too whimsical to my liking. I might have the whole tradition better, the letters had more substance, than things made of giggles and daydreams, but it wasn’t unbearable and didn’t quite make me roll my eyes.

The arranged marriage part of the plot and how it mixed with enmity and it played out the letters, wasn’t all too bad, it was actually a bit nice. I quite liked how they set each other in motion, this part of the book was actually quite nice.

The writing was ok. It was a mix of simple and casual that went well. The pacing was also good, a tiny bit on the slow side, which I didn’t mind most of the time.

The Kiss Thief was just an OK book.

The characters played their roles well enough…

I can’t say there was anything that stood out about the characters to me. They seem like your regular characters, which isn’t a bad thing in itself, but to me they weren’t exactly memorable.

I think my favourite character still would be Francesca. She was kind, resilient, and confused, as any teenage girl in her situation will be. She was also the tiniest bit eccentric, and hopeful. I do like how her character developed at the end of the book.

Wolfe is a character that I can’t bring myself to drum up more interest in past the introductory chapters. He seemed the typical harsh, brooding male character, with a tragic past, twisted games and occasional spells of kindness.

A little bit too messy and angsty…

Don’t get me wrong, I actually do love angst. I love when books make me hurt, huddle in a corner and want to cuss. But at some point, The Kiss Thief and its characters just felt like a hot mess. The miscommunication, impulsive behaviour, pettiness, the Nollywood worthy drama and the unnecessary charged emotions, wasn’t playing out for me. It left me half angry and weary.

Actually not a bad book, just not so good to me...

All in all, The Kiss Thief wasn’t a bad book, just not favourite — or anywhere close— material. I can’t really recommend it, but if you aren’t one to mind the things I said — slightly silly and overly angsty books — you could consider picking it up.

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October Wrap Up: A Fun Month

Its a new month and here’s a new — late — wrap up post!

What happened in October

October was a pretty fun and eventful month for me. I made big plans, took the courage to make some decisions, and I’m happy with them.

Last month, I partook in #Blogtober, a blogging challenge, by the amazing Jenniely. Although I failed —terribly even, lol — at completing the requirements, posting everyday, I had fun with it. My grand plans in October weren’t only for blogging, but also in reading. My October was a highly ambitious fifteen book list, which is not actually to much for me to read in a month, but I never make such big plans. Like with blogging, I failed at that too, lol, but I can’t feel regretful or guilty because it was also fun reading month.

Another thing that made October great, was I finally let go of my anxiety and completed my Netgalley profile and requested a few books. I got approved for 3 ARCs, I also got declined for 3 also, but I don’t really mind — except Belle Révolte, which had a sapphic romance and an ace character, I’m still low key salty about it, but I’m fine.

★Radiance by Grace Draven

⭐⭐⭐⭐★|4. 5 stars

★How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

⭐⭐⭐⭐| 4 stars

★Sweet Little Memories by Abbi Glines

⭐⭐⭐| 3 stars

★Sweet Little Lies by Abbi Glines

⭐⭐⭐| 3 stars

★Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby

⭐⭐⭐| 3 stars

★Under the Mistletoe With Me by Kristen Proby

⭐⭐⭐★| 3.5 stars

★The Mad King by Jovee Winters

⭐⭐⭐⭐| 4 stars

Save The Date

September Wrap Up

#BlogtoberSeries: October TBR

#BookBlogtober: Best Reading Clothes

Book Blogtober: Spooky reads

Book Blogtober: Autumnal Props for Bookstagram

Save the Date [Book Review]

Book Blogtober: Autumnal Bookshelf Decorating Ideas

Book Blogtober: Orange covers

Kimetsu no Yaiba/Demon Slayer Book Tag

#AsexualAwarenessWeek: Asexual book recommendation


Well, that’s it! This month will also be a mood reading month, because exams are close by again :(. I hope you all have a great November 💗.


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