Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

I live for the music

Synopsis: Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, feeling abandoned by her mother, and the aching absence of music.

With the help of the “boys next door” teenage surfer Kai, who doesn’t take anything too seriously, and old George Watanabe, who succumbed to grief years ago Rumi seeks her way back to music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish. With unflinching honesty, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.

2018 was the year when Akemi Dawn Bowman broke my heart and pieced it back together again with her debut novel Starfish. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity possible to share my love for Akemi and her powerfully captivating writing. Akemi has a way of writing which has a wonderfully rich depth to it which she skillfully balances with moments of lightness and joy. It’s the type of writing that reaches right down into my soul, opens up all of my emotions, then embraces me in a warm hug that lets me know that everything will be okay again.

When Akemi’s second novel, Summer Bird Blue, was coming up for its UK release I reached out to the publishers, Ink Road, to ask if there would be any chance of getting my hands on a review copy. I had been desperate to read Summer Bird Blue since it was first announced and watched in envy as my US book blogger friends got to read it ahead of us here in the UK. Thankfully, Ink Road was kind enough to not only send me a review copy but also invited me to be part of this fantastic blog tour.

Throughout the book there were countless moments where Rumi’s story evoked strong memories and associations with particular songs for me and I couldn’t resist playing those songs whilst I read. As music is such a huge part of Rumi’s life and has such an visceral presence within the story I decided to create a Summer Bird Blue playlist to share with you all for my blog tour stop. Whilst I know that Akemi didn’t have a specific playlist in mind when she wrote Summer Bird Blue, I hope that this playlist does Rumi’s story justice and captures part of the achingly complex emotional journey that we go on with her as she battles with anger, grief, love, forgiveness and hope. The playlist has been ordered to map this journey and the entire playlist can be listened to on Spotify.


About the Author


Akemi Dawn Bowman is the award-winning author of Starfish, Summer Bird Blue,Harley in the Sky (March 2020), The Infinity Courts series (Spring 2021), and Generation Misfits (Winter 2021). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix.

 

A huge thank you to Ink Road for providing me with a review copy of Summer Bird Blue and for arranging this blog tour. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for reviews, excerpts and other fun content.

Summer Bird Blue is now available to order
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2018 in Review | The Best Books of 2018

2018 in Review | The Best Books of 2018

2018 has been an absolutely incredible year here at Red Rocket Panda. Although I technically set up my blog in April 2017, I didn’t start properly blogging until January 2018 and I cannot believe how much this blog has grown – I’ve made some fantastic friends, read a tonne of brilliant books, and enjoyed bringing you all content throughout the year.

One of the things that surprised me the most is that I managed to not only smash my original reading goal of reading 50 books this year, but I also smashed my second goal of 75. As of today, I have read 81 books which is 55 books more than last year. I wanted to share with you all some of my favourite books as well as new-to-me authors that I’ve read and discovered this year!

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Book tag | 2018 Mid-Year Freak Out

Book tag | 2018 Mid-Year Freak Out

This tag has come along at the perfect time as I had been planning to do a mid-year post about all the fantastic books that I’ve been reading this year anyway. As I love tags I can compile it all within this one post! Thanks to ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books for creating the tag! (Addition: this was much harder than I thought it was going to be! Too many good books in one year)

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Book Tag | Ramadan Readathon

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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.

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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.

 

MUSLIM SCRIBE

Name your favorite Muslim author

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THE MUSLIM SHELF

Recommend one book by a Muslim author that everyone should read.

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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.

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Hope everyone’s Ramadan Readathon (and Ramadan if you’re doing it) is going great ❤


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