It’s the end of June, the end of Pride, and the second half of the year is almost upon us already. 2018 has been a blur so far, June was no different and July definitely is going to be the same! I read some super great diverse books and participated in some cool reading themes including the Ramadan Readathon, World Ocean Day, and Pride.
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With only 10 days left of Ramadan, I wanted to do something Ramadan themed and this book tag created by Amna @ YA Book Corner is perfect.
MIRRORS AND WINDOWS
Name a book that you felt represented you or that you were able to relate to.
As a non-Muslim, I’m answering this question about other aspects of my identity. Unfortunately, I have never come across a book that I feel has represented me or that I related to as a trans person (yet). However, Starfish was amazing to read as the anxiety rep in it is so bang on (thanks Akemi <3) and Failure to Communicate rendered me speechless with its Autism rep (specifically autistic female rep). Both of these books are so important to me.
MY MUSLIM HERO/HEROINE
Name your favorite Muslim character and explain why.
I feel really awful but honestly, I cannot think of one? Shamefully I haven’t read a lot of books with Muslim characters in and this is definitely something I want to rectify going forwards </3
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Name your most anticipated read by a Muslim author.
Name your favorite Muslim author
THE MUSLIM SHELF
Recommend one book by a Muslim author that everyone should read.
Me and my partner are reading this together for the Ramadan Readathon and are enjoying it so much. Zarqa writes with so much humor and honesty that this book is like a breath of fresh air in terms of memoirs. So far we’ve journeyed with Zarqa all the way to Mecca for hajj, followed her first steps into journalism and film, witnessed the battle with her mother over what to name her children, and thoroughly messed up Muslim summer camp. It’s been really nice to read a book that is teaching me a lot about being Muslim and being raised in a Muslim family but is also really funny at the same time.
Hope everyone’s Ramadan Readathon (and Ramadan if you’re doing it) is going great ❤
It’s here! The summer is here. Pride is here. All the good things have finally arrived and this makes me very happy. June looks set to be a very busy month for me because, as per usual, I have buried myself under a huge TBR full of queer reads as well as my picks for the Ramadan Readathon. I tried to practice a bit more restraint but it hasn’t happened. There’s always time to practice the less is more mindset next month though! I have also *gasp* actually planned the majority of my blog posts in advance to expect lots of exciting content about ocean day themed reads, queer comics, and lots of discussions!
For now though, all the books and all the pride.
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Hey everybody! I didn’t have a post planned for today but wanted to see how everyone is and share some positive things with you ❤
For those who’ve missed my last few Mailboxes, things haven’t been going great for me at work lately. I had a pretty good weekend at work though, which has really improved my mood and I’m looking into some other employment options to either supplement my weekend hours or possible graduate development programmes to apply for. So I’m feeling a lot more positive today and much less depressed!
I’ve had some exciting new opportunities crop up which I’m really looking forward to. I have my first ever author contact me asking me if I want to review their book which was exciting! I’ve pitched a few more writing ideas to various anthologies and websites, and I’ve completed 2/3 of my first paid writing article. I’ve also just joined the blogging team over at Queerly Reads where I’ll be contributing as a regular blogger and taking part in some of their events.
Life & Lit
Speaking of events, did you know that I’m one of the moderators on the fantastic facebook group Life & Lit and I’m hosting an LGBTQ+ read for Pride ❤ For Pride month we are running a Blind Date book event where me and 3 other mods including Destiny and Melanie selected our chosen LGBTQ+ book to host. We then announced which book we chose last week and mine is, obviously, The Song of Achilles! If you want to take part in reading The Song of Achilles and participating in the event then you can join in here! Destiny will be hosting How To Make a Wish which you can join here, Melanie has chosen The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which you can join here, and Terry is hosting Every Heart a Doorway which you can join here!
When I went to take my library books back last week I promised myself that I wouldn’t get any more books out. I already have a lot of ARCs I need to get through, AAPI Heritage Month reads, and all of my birthday books that I haven’t yet touched. But of course… it’s never quite that simple. To be fair though, 2 of the books are for the Ramadan Readathon, 1 was Volume 5 of Saga which I breezed through already, one was a book that has been on my TBR since 2012 but have never been able to find anywhere other than Amazon, and the last one is a book which I wanted to read in my first year of uni but never had time! I have very justifiable reasons… obviously…
I won Kate’s ebook giveaway which I’ve been so excited about as it’s the first ever blogger giveaway I’ve won and I’ve requested The Whale Rider which I’m really looking forward to finally reading. It’s been really tough to find books by Pasifika authors, my local library has a grand total of 0, and I don’t have enough money to buy them from Amazon. I did manage to find a copy of Once Were Warriors though on eBay for £2.50 though, and I managed to find another book for AAPI Heritage Month, Flame in the Mist, for £1.80 in a charity shop!
Read this week:
That’s all from me!
How are you all doing?
How has the past week been for you?
The month of Ramadan is upon us and this year I’m delighted to actually be organized enough to participate in the Ramadan Readathon. For those who don’t know, the Ramadan Readathon is run by the wonderful Nadia @ Headscarves and Hardbacks and is a time dedicated to reading Muslim authors throughout Ramadan.
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