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Waiting on Wednesday: The Sun is Also a Star

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that highlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 

This cover is really pretty.

US Release Date: 1st November 2016

UK Release Date: 3rd November 2016

Blurb

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

Why I’m Excited:

  1. Diverse characters
  2. looks like a cute love story (I hope it is because one of the things I really enjoyed about her debut novel Everything, Everything was the falling in love part which was just SO DAMN CUTE
  3. deals with important issues
  4. Jupiter from Building Diverse Bookshelves wrote a great review

What books are you looking forward to?

Happy Reading

p.s In case you didn’t know, Everything, Everything is also going to be a movie starring Amandla Stenberg!

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.
If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today.”Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything
 
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10 Authors I’d Love To Meet

Hello there.

I’ve been lucky enough to have met some of my favourite authors from Meg Cabot and Karen McCombie to John Green and Patrick Ness. That’s one of the best things about living in London is being able to go to author events so I can say thank you in person!

But there are some authors who still haven’t visited London or I still haven’t met:

1) Markus Zusak

I NEED to meet him so I can thank him for writing The Book Thief and also tell him how much I hate him for Rudy. But just so I can tell him in person what an incredible book The Book Thief is and also I Am The Messenger. I thought maybe he’d come to the UK for the 10th anniversary of The Book Thief but NO. One day…I’ll have to try to stop myself from crying tbh

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2) Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits is still my 2nd fave book after The Book Thief and her writing is absolutely scintillating. I would love to meet this incredible woman to thank her for her stories.

3) Randa Abdel-Fattah

I need to thank her for writing Does My Head Look Big in This? because it was one of the first books I read featuring a Muslim girl as the protagonist and it was just so so wonderful for my teenage self to have read that and find a book that I could relate to on a different level.

4) Suzanne Collins

I need to meet her to thank her for Peeta Mellark who is everything. Also, because THG trilogy is one of my faves and it would be amazing to meet her AND GET MY BOOKS SIGNED.

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5) Melina Marchetta

I would LOVE to meet Melina Marchetta so I can tell her she needs to write another book about the people of Lumatere or set in that world. Also, to thank her for writing such beautiful books that deal with such difficult issues.

6) Libba Bray

I have been wanting to meet Libba Bray since I read the Gemma Doyle trilogy in school. HER BOOKS ARE AMAZING and also really funny. She’s such a brilliant author!

7) Laini Taylor

It would be great to meet Laini Taylor so I can thank her for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which was JUST SO DAMN GOOD. I’m hoping she will come to the UK next year as she has a new book out in March!

8) Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo has been great at replying on twitter but I would love to meet her IRL and thank her for creating Inej Ghafa and for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. GREAT NEWS BECAUSE LEIGH BARDUGO IS COMING TO THE UK and the London tickets were sold out but then my friend told me they released new ones but with a restricted view BUT I STILL GET TO SEE LEIGH BARDUGO. I really hope I manage to get one of my books signed.

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after reading Crooked Kingdom????!!!!

9) Marissa Meyer

Would love to thank her in person for writing The Lunar Chronicles and obviously get my books signed!

10) Gabrielle Zevin

Would love to thank her for the Birthright trilogy and The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry which is one of my fave books.

 

Have you met any authors? Which authors would you love to meet?

Happy Reading

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 p.s I’m currently reading The Good Immigrant so expect a review soon!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: What Light

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that highlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

What Light by Jay Asher

 

I already hate the cover because it has a person on it and I despise covers with people.

US Release Date: 18th October 2016

UK Release Date: 20th October 2016

Blurb:

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again . . .

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. 

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Why I’m excited?

  1. Another Jay Asher book. Although nothing will be as beautiful as Thirteen Reasons Why.
  2. CUTE SEASONAL LOVE STORY. 

Really hope I am not annoyed with the characters in this book as I find it’s getting harder to read a lot of YA books now that I’m getting older.

Add the book on goodreads 

Happy Reading

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”  ― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
“Everything…affects everything.” – Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Kids of Appetite

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that highlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

 

Release Date: 20th September 2016

Blurb

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

Why I’m excited:

  1. I really enjoyed his debut novel Mosquitoland. It’s a great contemporary YA novel.
  2. This book just sounds SO GOOD!!!
  3. This is the kind of contemporary YA novel I feel like I will enjoy because of FRIENDSHIP AND FALLING IN LOVE and from the cover it looks like there are some POC so yay for that. 

Will you be reading Kids of Appetite?

Since it’s out this month I will hopefully buy it when I get Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo on 27th September. 

Happy Reading!

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

“As simple as it sounds, I think understanding who you are–and who you are not–is not the most important thing of all Important Things.”  David Arnold, Mosquitoland
“Sometimes, things are more embarrassing when you’re alone. I guess when no one’s around to hear your stupidity, you’re forced to bear the brunt of it.”  David Arnold, Mosquitoland

 

Why You Should Read Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Blurb

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

So what’s so great about this book?

  1. Diversity!!! Kaz is disabled. Inej IS A BROWN GIRL. Jesper is a gay black dude etc. GOOD STUFF.
  2. Banter. THE SARCASM. THE SASS. THE SAVAGE COMEBACKS. OH IT IS JUST SO SO GOOD.
  3. Camaraderie. I LIVE FOR STORIES WHERE THEY GO ON JOURNEYS AND HAVE BANTER AND WOULD DIE FOR EACH OTHER.
  4. Excellent writing and gripping plot. this book is a page turner. it’s one of those books that haunt you. like you want to find out what they get up to next AND YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. they’re always up to no good but omg you just want them to be safe and happy.
  5. BACK STORIES. I love how Bardugo managed to weave the backstories with the narrative and it’s not like you want to skip it because you NEED to know why they are like this or what happened and it makes you love the characters even more.

So i love the characters and the plot and the humour and I just love this book so much I gave it 4.5 stars on goodreads BECAUSE OF THE ENDING.

When I finished the book I tweeted the author and SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE HAS DONE:

I’m just so happy that there is a character like Inej, a badass BROWN girl who SLAYS and takes crap from NO ONE!

No you don’t have to have read the Grisha Trilogy to read this although it is set in the world of Grisha. I didn’t really like the Grisha Trilogy but the premise is great and the Grisha powers are super cool.

I am so glad I decided to see what all the hype was about with this book AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!

Not so patiently waiting for Crooked Kingdom (27th September 2016)

I’m actually looking forward to Crooked Kingdom more than Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass 6) BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS KJHSFKJDHGKJDFH.

Follow Leigh Bardugo on Twitter and Tumblr.

Happy Reading

You can thank me once you’ve read it! 😎

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
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“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”  ― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

 

Three Books With Badass Female Muslim Characters

Hello there.

Since there are very few books that feature a range of female Muslim characters, I thought I’d list some of my faves. These three books deal with various issues but the main one being marriage as it is quite a big deal for many people. Also, navigating the marriage scene as a young female Muslim can be rather difficult…so why not read all about the awkwardness of finding a partner?!

Anyhew, here are some diverse book recommendations for you to add to your to read list. You’re welcome.

The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee

Setting: Durban and Cape Town, South Africa

This book is hilarious because it’s just completely MAD. But it’s also really heartbreaking because it’s set during apartheid and it shows how it wasn’t just blacks vs whites but also Indian people suffered too and also being a MIXED RACE Muslim girl in a society that is also inherently against dark skin etc so this book deals with a range of issues but it also makes you laugh despite the seriousness of the situation. There is a sequel too!

You can enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win a SIGNED copy of the book. Hurry, because it ends soon!

No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel Fattah

Setting: Sydney, Australia

This book is brilliant. It’s about four friends (not all of them are Muslim) and about finding love and dealing with work issues and relationship dramas and of course learning to trust each other and it’s just a great book about female friendships and dealing with adulthood. This book will make you laugh and squeal with joy (if you are a hopeless romantic like me then yes).

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayesha Malik

Setting: London, UK

This book is really funny and quite relatable. It is set in an area I’m familiar with and if you like Bridget Jones you will LOVE this book.

Also, CONNAL IS ADORBS HGKJHDJFHGKJF

Imagine meeting someone  in the biscuit aisle in Sainsbury’s???? lol.

Honestly, Sofia is mad but she is a pretty funny character, and thankfully she does see the error in her ways (eventually). Sadly, I only liked one of her friends and i didn’t really like her sister BUT this does include female friends and plenty of awkward marriage talk and relationship issues as well as family drama. Also, the author is currently working on the sequel (thankfully) because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

One of my fave lines in the book:

Guy: ‘your hijab is like a social condom’
Sofia: Yes, to protect me from socially transmitted diseases. Like you. 😹

 Books with female Muslim characters

All books feature a range of Muslim characters and are set in different locations and are laugh out loud kind of books.

I need more books featuring badass Muslim characters that don’t take crap from anyone and stand up for their beliefs and are just great characters and role models.

Can’ believe it is MAY ALREADY!

Got so many books to look forward to!

Happy Reading!

“Seeing reflections of yourself in the fiction you love is one of the most powerful forms of affirmation we have in popular culture” – Bryan Hill

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Cassava Republic Press Books

Introducing Cassava Republic Press UK

Hello everyone.

Hope you have been having an amazing 2016 so far despite all the horrendous things going on in the world (plenty of goof things still happen).

I’d like to just tell you about this wonderful Nigerian publishing company that is launching in the UK.

Cassava Republic Press is a Nigerian publishing company that started in 2006 and now they’re opening a branch in London. Woohoo.

Their motto is ‘feeding the African imagination’ which i think is great because people in Africa (the whole continent) need food for the soul too and what is better than stories? Many cultures have oral storytelling but there are still plenty of people who WANT to read books but accessibility and availability is often a problem.

CRP is founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremey Weate and they both run the company along with Emma Shercliff. It’s amazing how far they have come since it is such a small company.👏🏽

So what kind of books do they publish?

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Cassava Crime
  3. Ankara Romance
  4. Cassava Kids/Children’s (including YA)
  5. Non-fiction

So their romance imprint Ankara Press features strong independent black women which is awesome as it portrays ‘a new kind of romance’ featuring young black characters. so if that is your thing then give their books a try. The ebooks are available on their website and amazon and the print books will be out in July in the UK.

Launch Books:

CRP UK Launch Titles

Since their official launch is April 2016 they are releasing 5 books.

  1. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  2. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
  3. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle
  4. Princess Arabella’s Birthday by Mylo Freeman 
  5. Princess Arabella Mixes Colours by Mylo Freeman

Princess Arabella is adorable and the illustrations are really cute so kids will definitely love her!

Like a Mule is an amazing book because it is so diverse! It has multiple narrators but the main one is Dr Morayo, a 74 year old woman who loves books and drives a Porsche! She also interacts with so many different people and it’s just such an uplifting novel! Plus the cover is really pretty.

Born on a Tuesday is incredible. it’s such a haunting coming of age story set in Northern Nigeria and deals with various issues from friendship and loss to fundamentalism and faith.

Easy Motion Tourist is a thrilling crime novel about organ trafficking in Lagos. Amaka is such a badass character and I just love her. Hope there are more books featuring Amaka as I’d defo like to see more from her!

Events:

the launch authors are also going to be coming to the UK for a book tour which is exciting!

  1. Oxford Literary Festival
  2. Cambridge Literary Festival
  3. Waterstones Piccadilly
  4. Dulwich Books
  5. Book & Kitchen
  6. The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop

I’m so excited for their launch and they will be open for submissions probably by the end of April so if you have a story in you then get writing!

All their books are OUT NOW and should be available in all good bookshops (including Waterstones and Foyles) and online (wordery and amazon).

They also have Giveaways on Goodreads for UK readers so ENTER NOW!!!

Also, if you have read their books or are going to then please don’t forget to leave a review on amazon and goodreads because authors really do appreciate it.

Social Media:

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Ankara Press

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Anyways, hope everyone has a fabulous April full of sunshine and smiles!

Happy Reading!

XOXO

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‘Books are what I love most.’Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun)

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PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D