The Sequels | I Show You My TBR pt. 1

tp.jpgHi everyone! I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about our TBRs, and I decided to count the number of unread books that I have on my shelves. The number was a lot higher than I thought it would be: 61. If you include the 2 books I’m currently reading and the 3 books that are still going to arrive, that is. I thought this was way too much, so I immediately put myself on a book buying ban. At least until I got that number down till 50.

Then I realized that I am probably going to graduate next week, and that my parents might reward me with a new book. Oops.

Anyway, that’s besides the point. The point is: looking at my TBR gave me an idea for a blog post series, namely one where I show you all of the books that are on my TBR. Mainly because I always love seeing what books other people have on my TBR, but also because it might motivate me to finally pick up these books.

Of course I could just show you some pictures and be done with this in one post, but talking a little bit about the books seemed a lot more fun, so I decided to split my TBR in different categories and tell you a little about all the books in each category each week.

First up: sequels.

1.jpgLet’s start with the only 2 contemporary sequels that I have: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han and How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne. I’m planning on reading Lara Jean incredibly soon because I really enjoyed the series so far, and it seems like I could probably get through the book in a day or two, but I don’t have any motivation to read the Holly Bourne book at all. I liked the first book in the series because it dealt with mental health issues, but the second one just doesn’t really have anything that interests me. Oh well, *shrug*. DSC08143.JPGNow onto the sequels I’m most interested in: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie and Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. DATSAB is one that I’m planning on finishing this week. I read Every Heart a Doorway just a few weeks ago and I loved the world and characters, and I’ve heard that this one is even better. I can’t wait. I’m also incredibly excited to get to TEOTA for almost exactly the same reason. I didn’t love the first book, The Abyss Surrounds Us, as much as I expected, but I heard that this one is a lot better. And that combined with pirates, sea monsters and an f/f relationship? YES. Ash and Quill is probably the book I’m most excited about. The Great Library series is one of my all time favorite series, and I can’t believe that I can now finally read this book after waiting for it for over a year. I’m resisting the temptation to start reading it right this second, but I might pick it up right after I finish writing this blogpost.

I added Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton to the picture because I have kind of confusing feelings about this book. I adored the first book, so I’m pretty sure that I’m going to love this one once I pick it up, but I just don’t feel really excited when I think about actually picking it up. Does that make any sense? Probably not.DSC08153.JPGNow onto the kind of sad category, aka sequels I’m not that interested in anymore: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I’m not that interested in TSBT anymore because I didn’t really love the first book and don’t remember much of it, so it’s going to be a struggle to get into it. I’ve also heard a few not so great things about the sequel, so yeah. The Rose and the Dagger is one I’ll probably end up reading anyway, because it’s on my Diversity Bingo TBR and I can just get the audiobook from the library, but I’m not that excited about it. The first book was a huge disappointment for me, and I sadly don’t really love Renee’s writing style. Frost Like Night is probably the one I’m least interested in. I loved the first book in the series, Snow Like Ashes, when I read it two years ago. When I read the second book, I realized that the story wasn’t all that special and there was a major case of second-book-slump. I still really want to know how the series ends and that’s why I haven’t unhauled the book yet, but I might end up just reading a recap of it and never actually reading it. DSC08156.JPGThe last category is one everyone who even remotely knows me probably saw coming: Rick Riordan books. There are three unread Rick Riordan books on my shelf at the moment, and they’re all sequels, namely; The Serpent’s Shadow, The Throne of Fire and The Dark Prophecy. The first two books are the second and third books in the Kane Chronicles, my, so far, least favorite Riordan series. I read the first book a few months ago and didn’t love it all that much so I haven’t been incredibly tempted to pick up the other two. But I’m sure it’ll happen some day. I’m a lot more excited about The Dark Prophecy, because I’m really enjoying the Apollo series and I’ve even reread the first book in anticipation of the second book, which is something I normally never do. So this book is definitely going to happen soon.

So, that were all of the sequels on my TBR! If you were me, which one would you pick up first? 

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A Bloggers Guide To Requesting Physical ARCs as an International Reader

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I’m finally sitting down to write about a topic I promised to talk about a few months go: how do you get physical ARCs when you don’t live in the US/UK?

I’ve always been told that it was absolutely impossible to get ARCs as an international reader. Publishers would never ever send me ARCs because the shipping is just too much, and it wouldn’t be worth it. The only ways to get physical ARCs for me would be to win them in a giveaway or maybe trade them, but that’s it. Then, a few months ago, I sent out a few requests, thinking nothing would ever come of it, and a few weeks later I had my 2 first ever physical ARCs! So, it’s obviously possible, but you just need to know how. And I’m here to help you.download

So, how do you get physical ARCs as an international blogger?

Step 1: Have an established blog

You’ve probably visited a number of these ‘guide to physical ARCs’ posts and you’ve probably heard this before, but make sure that you’ve been blogging for at least 6 months! Publishers want to know that you take blogging seriously, and that you’re not just trying to get free books out of it.

Having good stats (aka quite a lot of visitors/followers) also helps. Publishers are always more willing to send out books to people with higher stats, because the more people that see the post you wrote about the book they send you, the more books they sell. I personally got my first ARCs when I had 2.500 followers (combined over WordPress, Instagram and Twitter), but you might still be able to get ARCs even when you have a lot less followers. I simply don’t know.

Step 2: Find the books that you want to request

This is probably the easiest step, because when you’re a part of the book community you’re constantly bombarded with books that have not yet been released yet. You can also try publisher’s catalogues, which you can often find on Edelweiss, or just Google ‘name of publisher’ + catalogue. It always helps me to add the books I want to read to Goodreads, and to add them to a ‘to be released’, ‘2017 releases’ or ‘to request’ list, just so I have a clear overview. For example, here’s my 2017 releases list.

Step 3: Find out if there are ARCs available

It’s very helpful if you find out if there are any ARCs available for the title you want to request, so you won’t send publishers an unnecessary email, which saves both you and them time. I’ve found that the easiest way to look if there are any ARCs out in the wild yet, is to search the hashtag of a certain book on Instagram (just the title, minus the spaces, with a hashtag in front of it) because chances are that if there are ARCs, someone has posted a picture of it already.

If you can’t find anything, just wait until 3-4 months before the release date. Usually there’ll be some ARCs by then.

Step 4: Find the publisher

Again, an easy step. You’ll already know the publisher if you’ve found the book you want to request in their catalog, but if you don’t, just search the title of the book on Goodreads and you’ll be able to find the publisher that way. It’s usually right under the synopsis.

Step 5: Find the right contact

This is usually the trickiest part when it comes to requesting ARCs as an international blogger. A lot of USA based publishers just aren’t going to send any ARCs to international bloggers. However, quite a few publishers have a special international publicity contact that you, as an international blogger, can send an email to, and where you’re a lot more likely to be accepted.

Here are a few of them:

HarperCollins: harpercollinsintl@HARPERCOLLINS.com
Macmillan: sales.international@macmillan.com

You can often find these by just googling ‘name publisher’+ ‘international publicity/sales contact’. If you really can’t find anything, you could also go to a publishers social media site, see if they accept questions, and just ask them.

Step 5: Write the request email

This is for a lot of people quite a hard step, but I promise you that it’s really not as scary as it seems.

There are a few things you have to state in your e-mail: your blog, your stats, the book you’re requesting, and your mailing address. My requests often look like this:

To whomever it may concern,

My name is Laura and I’m a book blogger at a blog called Green Tea & Paperbacks (bbliophile.wordpress.com) where I review young adult and middle grade books. I would like to request an Advance Readers Copy of:

  • [Title, author] which is set to be published on [date]

Maybe add a reason why you want to request it here.

As of [date] I have:

  • Number of blog followers
  • Number of weekly views + comments on my blog (you could also do daily/monthly views, I’m honestly not sure why I went with weekly)
  • Number of Twitter followers
  • Number of Instagram followers

Here are some of my latest reviews:

  • Have links to about 2 or 3 of your ‘best’ reviews here

If you consider me for this opportunity, my mailing address is:

  • Mailing address

Thank you for your consideration,

[Name + blog link]

When writing this email try to be as formal as possible, but don’t stress out about it too much. A publisher isn’t going to deny your request just because you made a grammar mistake or something like that.

There are a lot of request e-mail templates online, so if you want to draw some inspiration from those, Google is your best friend!

Step 6: Send the email

Sending out an email to a publisher can be quite a scary thing, but it’ll be okay. You can do this. The worst that could happen is that they might say no, or not reply to you at all. And there’s nothing awful about that. Just try it and who knows, maybe you’ll be able to read one of you most anticipated releases soon!

Additional tips:

  • Try a nearby publisher! Because I live in The Netherlands, which is quite close to the UK, I often also try my luck with UK publishers. And because shipping from the UK to The Netherlands isn’t a ridiculous amount of money, they sometimes accept my requests. So this is definitely worth a try.
  • Maybe try your luck with some less popular books, and don’t start your book-requesting journey by requesting books from super well known authors. Because almost everyone wants these books, and publishers will get a lot of requests for them, they will usually only send out these requests to the absolute most popular bloggers.
  • If publishers don’t reply to your email right away, or at all, don’t send them a lot of follow-up emails. Sometimes they don’t reply to your e-mail, but send you the ARC anyway. Publishers are super busy, so please respect that.
    But if you haven’t seen or heard anything from them, a follow up e-mail would be totally fine. But one is enough. Don’t bombard them with e-mails, because that’s just not productive.
  • Sometimes, when there aren’t any ARCs available or publishers simply can’t afford to send you any, they will send you an e-copy of it through Netgalley, which is great as well!

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So, I think that’s everything I have to say on this topic! I really hope this post helped some of you, and if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them and I’ll try my best to answer every single one of them.

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Review: Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Chameleon Moon (Chameleon Moon, #1)Title: Chameleon Moon
Author: RoAnna Sylver
Genres: Dystopia
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The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire.

The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die – directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation… and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities.

Regan, stealth and reconnaissance expert with a lizard’s scales and snake’s eyes, is haunted by ten years of anxiety, trauma and terror, and he’s finally reached his limit. His ability to disappear into thin air isn’t enough: he needs an escape, and he’ll do anything for a chance. Unluckily for him, Hans, a ghostly boy with a chilling smile, knows just the thing to get one. It starts with a little murder.

But instead of ending a man’s life, Regan starts a new one of his own. He turns away from that twisted path, and runs into Evelyn, fearless force on stage and sonic-superheroic revolutionary on the streets. Now Regan has a choice – and a chance to not only escape from Parole, but unravel the mystery deep in its burning heart. And most of all, discover the truth about their own entwining pasts.

They join forces with Evelyn’s family: the virtuosic but volatile Danae, who breathes life into machines, and her wife Rose, whose compassionate nature and power over healing vines and defensive thorns will both be vital to survive this nightmare. Then there’s Zilch, a cool and level-headed person made of other dead people, and Finn, one of Parole’s few remaining taxi drivers, who causes explosions whenever he feels anything but happy.

Separately they’d never survive, much less uncover the secret of Parole’s eternally-burning fire. Together, they have a chance. Unfortunately, Hans isn’t above playing dirty, lying, cheating, manipulating… and holding Regan’s memories hostage until he gets his way.

Parole’s a rough place to live. But they’re not dead yet. If they can survive the imminent cataclysmic disaster, they might just stay that way…

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Excuse my language, but holy fucking shit. This book. It’s so good!!!

I started reading this book back in April, and it took me 3 months to finish. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m glad that it took me so long. I’m happy I got to spend so much time with the characters and in this world, because I had a wonderful time.

The characters are, in my opinion, the best part of this book. They’re all so real, wonderful, and shit, there are literal tears in my eyes right now because I’m trying to think of a way to describe how much I love them but it feels impossible. Every single one of them is just so loveable, strong, intelligent, kind, brave, and the way they all interact warmed my heart. And have I mentioned that I love them yet?

I also really adored the world and the story in general. It felt very unique and like something I’ve never read before, and it really sucked me in. I have to admit that it was a little bit confusing and that I had no idea what was going on 80% of the time, but that just compelled me even more to just keep reading.  And while this book is a dystopian, the city where the characters live in is in ruins, and it seems like their situation is hopeless, this story is so incredibly hopeful, which in turn gave me hope. And hope is the most powerful thing of all.

Now let’s talk about something in this book that meant the world to me: the anxiety rep. One of the characters in this book deals with really bad anxiety and panic attacks, and it was the best rep I’ve ever read. This was the first time I could really see this side of myself in a book, and it was so incredibly important to me, and it meant so, so much.

I swear I tried to make this into a normal review, but you know that feeling when you love something so much that you can’t quite put it into words and you just start rambling a bit? Yeah, that’s me right now. But I hope this somehow convinces y’all to pick this book up.

And in case I haven’t convinced you yet, I added three quotes from the book down here that I feel like perfectly capture the story, because if my words can’t sway you to pick this book up, RoAnna’s words will:

It made her want to mow down the whole damn city, ripping and screaming and defending until this violent, sick world was safe for sweet flower girls and little boys who tucked flowers into her hair and called her Mama.

“I don’t think you’re a paradox. But you might be asexual.” Regan’s mouth fell open. He looked up with wide eyes again but for a much different, much better reason. Slowly, the tension melted out of his shoulders and his frill dropped back down to hang loose. When he looked at her now she saw something else in his eyes. One of her favorite things to see. Hope.

Your voice is your power, and nothing and nobody can take it away from you. Love yourself, love the people around you, and never give up. If you need help, reach out. If you’re drowning, make some noise. There are people who love you, who will throw you a life preserver. That’s what it all comes down to, love. That’s how we’re gonna get through this. And we are gonna get through this.

That last quote is from the epilogue that I have now reread and cried over multiple times, and I feel like it really holds a big part of the message that this book wants to give you. No matter what your sexuality is, how you express yourself, how you feel or who you are, you’re okay. You’re valid. You’re good. You will get through this, and there’s always hope. And that’s why this book is so incredibly important.

I could keep on rambling about this book for hours, but I should probably wrap this up here. But please, pick this book up. You won’t regret it.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #12: Bisexual Main Characters

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with three book fitting three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

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How to Make a WishHow To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

I read an ARC of How To Make a Wish last year and it was definitely one of my favorite books of 2016. Maybe ever. The story is so heartbreaking but hopeful, and the characters meant so, so much to me. I still think about this book everyday, and I kind of want to reread it soon even though my tbr is massive already.

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Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron Assassins: Discord (Assassins, #1)

Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks rank for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

I bought the ebook of Assassins: Discord when it was on sale for pride month. All I knew about this book was that it featured assassins and that the main character is bi, and honestly, I didn’t need to know more.

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Like WaterLike Water by Rebecca Podos

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

I was lucky enough to read this book early. I finished it last week and *enter some random swear words here* it was SO GOOD! I don’t want to spoil anything for you all, but what I appreciated most about this book is how messy the characters are. Not problematic, just real. They also had so much character growth throughout the book, and it was wonderful.

What is your favorite book with a bisexual main character?

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June Wrap-Up

IMG_20170626_1350101c347-knipselI’ll try to keep this short because a lot happened in June, so I have a feeling that once I start writing I might start rambling and I’ll write an entire essay, and I don’t think anyone is super interested in that. Anyway, let’s talk about the 2 (or 3) most important things that happened to me in June!

The first thing is my birthday! It was my birthday on the 10th , I turned 20 and, honestly, I don’t have a lot to tell you about. I made a cake, my parents and some lovely Twitter friends got me some books which I might show off in a haul later, and I had some lovely family time.

The second thing is my final exam. I had my history exam about a week ago and it was terrifying but I think I did okay? At least, I’m pretty sure I didn’t fail miserably. I hope. I have my final 2 exams of the year in July and I’m not looking forward to them. At all. Help.

Also, I have some exciting anxiety/agoraphobia progress to share with you all! This month was the first time in 2/3 years that I was 2.5 km away from my home!! This is such a huge deal to me, and I have to admit that I might have cried when I managed to do it…

I’m sorry I kind of turned this into a ramble anyway. I hope you’ve all had a lovely month, and I hope your July will be even better!!

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Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen  (★★★★/5 stars) – Such a fun graphic novel full of female friendships, mythical creatures and great art.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (★★★★/5 stars) – A pirate story with monsters and an f/f relationship with a lot of focus on consent!!!
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (★★★★/5 stars) – First time rereading this in preparation for the second book in this series and I enjoyed it but didn’t love it as much as the first time I read it…
Heaven or This by Topaz Winters  (★★★★★/5 stars) – A gorgeous and magical f/f poetry collection.


The Secrets I Keep by Alex Casso  (★★★★★/5 stars) – SO GOOD??? Amazing poetry collection, Alex is an incredibly talented person and they made me cry multiple times. (tw: abuse)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire  (★★★★/5 stars) – A boarding school + portal fantasy + murder + ace character. Loved the characters and the world, and I’m excited to continue the series!
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan  (★★★★★/5 stars) – An absolutely beautiful middle grade book about a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Amazing characters, family relationships, and the book is incredibly hopeful.
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim  (★★★★★/5 stars) – Historical fiction with Chinese folklore, set during the Song Dynasty. A very fun, but also heart wrenching book. Loved it so much, and I wish there were more books like this.


A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi  (★★★★★/5 stars) – I am so in love with this book that I made it’s cover my screensaver. The characters and their banter is amazing, and the world is so incredibly beautiful and magical and I want MORE.
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (★★★★/5 stars) – I had a bit of trouble getting into it at first, because I had forgotten almost everything from book one, but I really really enjoyed it in the end!
Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis , Shannon Watters,  Maarta Laiho, Brooke A. Allen (★★★★★/5 stars) – This was so amazing and even better than the first volume!! I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.

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I have been reading so many books at the same time lately, but luckily I finished 2 books today so my list isn’t too big here. Anyway, I wasn’t planning on picking up Radio Silence anytime soon but I wanted a not-so-dark audiobook to listen to while making dinner so I settled for this one, and I’m really liking it so far!
I’ve also been buddy reading Like Water with my friend Yasmin and it’s been so much fun! It really adds a lot to the whole reading experience, and I wish I did buddy reads more often. We’re actually planning on finishing this tomorrow!
The last book I’m also reading is Wild Beauty and I’m loving it so far! It’s incredibly queer and the writing is absolutely beautiful. I’m hoping to finish it next week so I can send it off to my friend Lili!

So, that’s it for this month! Now tell me, what was the best book you’ve read in June?

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Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Amina's VoiceTitle: Amina’s Voice
Author: Hena Khan
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
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“Amina’s anxieties are entirely relatable, but it’s her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist.” —Entertainment Weekly

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

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Middle Grade has always been, and will always be one of my favorite genres. The books are so pure, quite easy to get through, and always make me smile. Amina’s Voice isn’t any different.

I listened to this book as an audiobook, and I finished it in 2 days. It was incredible. I usually don’t tend to love audiobooks, I’m not even sure why, but the narration was perfect and really brought the story to life.

As for the story itself, it was quite amazing. Amina, our main character, has to deal with quite a lot, like her feeling like everything around her is changing and she might lose her best friend, her uncle from Pakistan coming to visit and the upcoming Quran competition that she’s participating in, and that she’s incredibly nervous about. It’s all quite simple, but it’s written in such a lovely and touching way that you can’t help but fall in love with it.

I felt the same about the characters, because I adored every single one of them. Amina is such a compassionate and gentle girl who tends to worry a lot, and I really felt for her. I also loved seeing her interact with her family, and especially her parents, with whom she has a very great relationship. I also really enjoyed seeing her interactions with her brother, because while her brother is really starting to turn into a teenager and tries to be cool, he still has some very soft moments when he’s around his sister.

Something that I also really appreciated about this book is that it really shows the importance of community after a (very relevant in today’s society) tragedy strikes. Seeing how everyone comes together and supports each other made me so happy that I started crying, and I really loved how hopeful the message of the book is.

Amina’s voice is a very important and hopeful book, and I really hope a lot more people are going to pick it up. They sure won’t regret it.

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Review: Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Knit One, Girl Two: a sweet Jewish f/f contemporary romanceTitle: Knit One, Girl Two
Author: Shira Glassman
Genres: Romance
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Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…

Fluffy Jewish f/f contemporary set in the author’s childhood home of South Florida.

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Before reading Knit One, Girl Two, I had only read one other book by Shira Glassman before, called Fearless. I liked it a lot, but I wasn’t yet convinced that I would love other works by this author. After reading Knit One, Girl Two, Shira is quick on her way to becoming one of my favorite authors and I want to pick up every single thing she ever writes.

Knit One, Girl Two is so incredibly cute and sweet. Seeing the two girls falling for each other while dyeing yarn, talking about pickles and discussing fan fiction (YES) is so incredibly delightful, and made me unbelievably happy.

Shira’s writing is so incredibly great as well. It flows seamlessly, is very light and easy to read, and has this magical touch to it that makes you fall in love with everything. Do I like pickles? Not really. Did this book make me crave them? Weirdly enough, yes.

I also loved the characters so, so much. They’re both delightfully nerdy (and definitely not in a ‘I’m trying to make my characters quirky’ kind of way), and they’re very clever and funny. The only downside to this story is that I didn’t get to spend as much time with the characters as I wished I did.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a bit of sunshine and happiness in their lives, because this book will give you just that.

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