Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of January

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*this post includes affiliate links I have with Amazon*

Hello everyone! So we are near the end of January but there are so many awesome books that came out/are coming out in January that I just couldn’t wait to share my Top Ten! So, here we go….

  1. Frostblood* by Elly Blake
  2. Windwitch* by Susan Dennard
  3. City of Saints & Thieves* by Natalie C Anderson
  4. Allegedly* by Tiffany D Jackson (Diverse Reads‘ book of the month!)
  5. Caraval* by Stephanie Garber
  6. Wires and Nerve, Volume 1* by Marissa Meyer
  7. You Don’t Know My Name* by Kristen Orlando
  8. How To Break A Boy* by Laurie Devore
  9. Wayfarer* by Alexandra Bracken
  10. Teen Hyde* by Chandler Baker

And those are the 10! I’ve read a couple of them (like half maybe hahaha) and I’m currently writing reviewing them but I’m so excited about all of them! For example, I’m currently reading Windwitch and I’m reading it so slow because I just never want it to end *swoon*! Anyways, what do you guys think; are any of the books above on your most anticipated reads list for January? What else is on your list? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!

*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon 🙂

DISCUSSION: Let Me Explain Myself…

Hello everyone! So today it came to my attention that I have a troll/am being bullied & gossiped about. This is nothing new – I’ve had a ton of people harass me before; it goes with the trade – but they’re rudely tearing down my beliefs and hurting me, my business/blog and so many others in the process. Honestly, I don’t care for the hate because at this point, you can’t hurt me. However, I don’t appreciate people turning my friends against me because they decided to misconstrue tweets I made a year ago, and a post I made two years ago. So let’s get a couple things straight so this doesn’t happen again:

“T”, aka @novelparadise, has harassed me and several of my friends before. On the surface she may seem like a wonderful person – she RTs and talks about diversity with people – but she also subtweets a ton of POC/WOCs, even though she obviously doesn’t know them. Example: before November, I didn’t know her and I’m pretty sure she never followed me. Then she posted screenshots of tweets I made a bit ago and so began the harassment. I blocked her and life returned to normal; she was just another troll. Then today, she did it again, this time with tweets much older than last (see below).

Now, it’s funny she brings those tweets and one blog post up (I don’t have a picture of the latter unfortunately) because they actually go against everything she’s saying. As you can see, I never say anywhere that I’m homophobic or that I hate people in the LGBTQA+ community. In fact, I say the opposite and my actions to this day (and for the rest of the days I shall ISA live) prove otherwise: I do not care if you are queer or straight.

In terms of the book I was reviewing, it was the second in a duology and after having seemed like the MC was straight in the first book, she all of a sudden was queer in the second. The way this was added in was badly written in my opinion, making for an awkward transition and that’s what I was commenting on, not the fact that she was queer. As for my beliefs, I will not explain myself to you nor do I need to. This is a book community, not one where you need to know everyone’s beliefs because you happen to be curious and think you know everything about me (spoiler: you clearly don’t).

Therefore, I find it – again – funny that a bully-like character as “T” has tried to take me down on the assumption that I am homophobic, and with dated “posts” that do not even corroborate her claim. It’s even funnier to see how quickly some people I considered were friends have been impacted/turned away by false allegations that someone types in 140 characters or less. Apparently people who preach checking facts and getting info from the source, don’t actually practice that. Have you guys learned nothing from watching the news? Nothing is ever as it seems and being so quick to judge is one of the most disrespectful things you can do.

Also, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the other egregious allegation that I am “cashing in on diversity”. I find that incredibly insulting considering I am a huge supporter of diversity and one who is constantly hurt by the lack of it; I didn’t get to read a book that accurately represents Muslims until I read Ms. Marvel three years ago and haven’t since, save for Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed. I created Diverse Reads so that no one would ever have to go through that again like me. People ought to accurately see themselves in books no matter who they are. So do not tell me I am simply “cashing in on diversity”. Diversity is not a trend you try on for a season, diversity is what I stand for.

So let’s cover it all again, shall we?

  1. “T” tweets are nothing more than bullying / gossiping / trolling.
  2. I am not homophobic.
  3. Don’t go running to the first person who says something bad about someone. Actually, check the facts and check with the person being bullied first.
  4. I am not “cashing in on diversity”. I am promoting it and offering a service to you, my fellow book lovers.

That’s it. If you wish to read more diversely and see yourself in a book, Diverse Reads is the box for you and it’s only $20. There is a 10% off discount code – JOIN10 – for anyone who orders a 3 month or 6 month subscription plan. Thank you very much, hope you have a great day/night and tata for now ❤

Diverse Reads Is A Launch!

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Hello everyone! So today I am proud to announce that Diverse Reads is officially open for orders! Now, what is Diverse Reads, you may be asking? Well, let me explain:

Diverse Reads is a subscription box meant to celebrate people’s different experiences and thoughts! I wanted to create the box because I am an Egyptian-American Muslim woman and, unfortunately, until I was halfway through 11th grade, I never read a book that accurately represented Muslims. To be honest, I’d never read one that even had a Muslim in it but I’d seen so many TV shows and movies that misrepresented my religion so many times over and that was really disappointing.

That was three years ago and though the literary world has gotten more diverse, it’s still hard to find books that represent my religion and culture well without quite a bit of researching.

As I look back on how long it took for me to find myself in a world I so dearly love, as well as how much research it’s taken to just read diverse books, I find myself hopeful that, through ‘Diverse Reads‘, I can help someone much younger than me find themselves in literature much sooner than I did.

diverse-reads-boxNow, every month you’ll get a new, diverse young adult novel and 3 -5 awesome, handpicked goodies based on the themes of the book! The book of the month for January is Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson!

So, how does it work?

Well, it works in three easy ways:

  1. You take your pick of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscription plan! One month is $20 excl. shipping & taxes! Then you get to sit back and relax while you wait!
  2. I gather all the supplies needed to make your fabulous subscription come to life then begin packing and sending it on its way!
  3. Diverse Reads is delivered right to your doorstep! Now you can enjoy the book & goodies, and share what you got on social media using #DiverseReads!

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Guess what, though? You can get 10% off your first order of a 3 month or a 6 month subscription with ‘JOIN10’!!! Just click here to get started and begin your awesome diversity adventure!!! You can only get January’s box by Tuesday, January 17th though so hurry up fast to get your order in!!!

Top Ten+ Problematic Books

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**trigger warning**

Hello everyone!! So this is an odd post to write, not gonna lie. I mean this post, as the title says, is about problematic books which means that in some way, shape or form the books on this list include something misrepresentative or wrong or just hm. That’s not the odd part though, the odd part is that some of the books on this list are favorites and it feels weird to call books out especially when they are favorites. Nevertheless, they do have problems and I don’t want people to get hurt by said problems. Before I list the books out though, I should warn you that I will be directly stating some keywords/phrases that explain why the books are problematic as well as I’ll be linking to any reviews or discussions I have on the book’s problematic aspects. I’m not going to go any further than the keywords/phrases & review links as I don’t want this all to be explanation and I don’t want to unintentionally hurt anyone. Therefore, please be mindful in the comments section and feel free to ask me in the comments or on my Twitter to privately discuss anything in depth. Now, onto the list…..

  1. Nevernight – cultural appropriation
  2. The Continent –  white supremacy, ‘savage’ indigenous people trope
  3. And I Darken – misrepresentative of Islam
  4. Scarlett Undercover – misrepresentative of Islam
  5. Carve The Mark – racist, white supremacy
  6. Ender’s Game – includes sexist/discriminatory comments
  7. Cinder/The Lunar Chronicles – homogenizes Asia, racially ambiguous MC, Japanese family ruling Asia (aka imperialism), misuses honorifics
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses – romanticizes drugging
  9. Paper Towns – manic pixie dream girl trope
  10. The Glittering Court – colonist MC + ‘savage’ indigenous people
  11. Soundless – poor Chinese culture rep, ableist
  12. Rebel of the Sands – misrepresentative of Islam
  13. Anything from Colleen Houck – white savior trope, romanticize rape, cultural appropriation
  14. Eleanor & Park – racist
  15. Storm Dancer – cultural appropriation
  16. Max – normalizes Nazis
  17. Age of X series – appropriation of Islam, rape
  18. The Loose Ends List – offensive to disabled people, Brazilians and more
  19. Throne of Glass series – has minimal POC and the ‘main’ POC is killed off, poor disabled rep, mistreats sexual workers and bisexuals, romanticize abuse
  20. A Thousand Pieces of You – romanticize/explained away rape
  21. The Winner’s Curse – white savior trope
  22. Nemesis – white savior trope, appropriation of Egyptians
  23. Everything, Everything – poor disabled rep/use of disability as plot device
  24. Magonia – poor disabled rep
  25. Roseblood – uses the word ‘G****’ multiple times
  26. Moon Chosen – racist, biracial character uses blackface
  27. The Society – slut shaming

And that’s the list. I’m sure there’s more and that there will be more but for now this is the list. I might update it as I read and hear more but ya, this is the list. Again, the keywords/phrases on the list are very minimalist/basic breakdowns of the problems in the books. Other people have explanations, however, I do not want to unintentionally bring hate or hurt to anyone so I’m leaving it as is unless people specifically ask me to add their reviews/discussions to the list. If you have a comprehensive review or discussion on the problems of the books, you can comment down below. As well, if you want me to explain more to you on any book privately – or link you to someone who’s better suited to answer your questions – feel free to drop a comment or ask me on Twitter. Thank you, I hope you have a great day/night and tata for now!

Top Ten 2017 Resolutions/Goals

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first post of 2017! Whooooo!!! So, last year, I made a post of my top ten 2016 resolutions and I wanted to continue doing that this year! They’re gonna be a mix of personal goals and business/work goals so, without further ado, here’s my top ten 2017 resolutions/goals! Hope you enjoy:

  1. Workout more: I’ve already started doing yogawithAdrienne (soooo fun!) so hopefully I continue that!
  2. Spend less money: I spent a lot in 2016 on books, sub boxes and booksfortrade so I want to try and stop trading, stop buying sub boxes (or at least just buy one) and buy less books
  3. ….and make more money: I’m hoping by the end of 2017 I’d have made $500 from my combined businesses – Society 6, Red Bubble, custom design shop, Diverse Reads and the blogger organizers
  4. Finish an e-book I’m working on and finish the first draft of my Alice in Wonderland retelling: I hope for this every year but I’m getting closer to finishing so maybe 2017 is the year I actually do finish something related to writing??
  5. Get to 3500 followers on Twitter and 500 followers on Instagram
  6. Connect with more people and build more relationships
  7. …and lessen the amount of time I spend with/thinking about toxic people, faster
  8. Work with more publishers, companies, small businesses and bloggers
  9. Go to more signings or at least go to a convention
  10. Lessen my stress and anxiety while still reaching my goals

And that’s all. Some of the goals are a bit out there but I think they’re all quite doable and I’m excited to see what I do in 2017! Now, in addition to please telling me your thoughts on my goals below, what are your resolutions/goals for 2017? It can be personal or blog/business-ish like I did above! I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, advice and comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!