Diversity Spotlight # 6

Diversity

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week I share I diverse boo I’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is released and I have not read, and a diverse book not yet released that I can’t wait for. For more information on the Diversity Spotlight you can check out the announcement post  here.


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At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

I just finished this book last week and I loved reading it. I loved that the rep was #ownvoice and you can totally tell when reading this. Also the romance was really cute! I’m really looking forward to read more books from the author!

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Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

This book has been on my TBR for years! I’ve never read a book with a character who has Cerebal Palsy before so I’m very excited to see how this one goes. I’ve heard so many great thing and I can’t wait for my hold to come!

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 The first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

I’m so excited to read a fantasy book with a genderfluid main character. I;m evem more excited about it since I received an ARC copy from Netgalley this morning and I’m really excited to finally get through. Look out for my review coming out closer to the release date in August!


Happy Reading

Arya

Mid Year Book Freak out Tag!

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I have been seeing this tag pop up all over the place lately and while I wasn’t tagged, I did want to participate.  I believe the original was created by ReadLikeWildfire on Youtube, but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

I’ve also decided to link this up to the Top Ten Tuesday post over at the broke and the Bookish. Since the them was favorite books of 2017 so far and I share them here

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I’ve read a lot of books this year but its so hard to pick a favorite. I think I’m going to go with these two books. Both of these books really made me think and I really appreciate at that and I know these to will stick with me for years to come.

 

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I haven’t read many sequels this year. I really need to work on that in the second half of the year. The only series I’ve continued in is the Ancient Magus Bride manga series. Which I love and I can’t wait to get my hands o  the 6th volume!

New Release You Haven’t Read, But Want To

What an impossible question! 2017 has a lot of great books out and coming out especially in those that are diverse but here is a few I am looking forward to.

  

Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of the Year

Ugh and the questions just get harder and harder! I have a lot that I anticipating but here’s a few on the top of my list. All of these books contain at least one diverse them and  I really excited to get the chance to read them

  

Biggest Disappointment

I’ve read quite a few book I din’t love this year but the one that’s really sticking out in my mind because I was really looking forward to it and it didn’t live up to my expectations and it is the most recent book I read. The writing wasn’t very good but I liked the diversity of the characters.

Biggest Surprise

Ugh trying not to reuse books here is really hard. So other than the books I already mentioned earlier in the tag I was really surprised by Simon Vs. homo sapien agenda I’ve heard great things before I started it and I was worried the hype would be better than the book and I was so wrong.

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You

I’ve read a lot of new to me authors/ debuts so this is really hard for me, Howver I’m going to go with Louise Gornall. Who wrote Under Rose Tinted Skies. This was a debut novel and even though it wasn’t a knockout for me I really am excited to see what she releases in the future.

Newest Fictional Crush

Ugh I don’t think I have a fictional crush! But I do love Elias from the Ancient Magus Bride he is so cute and I ship him and Chise! That it is all!

Newest Favorite Character

Chise from Ancient Magus Bride I loved. I also loved Star form THUG. Oh and of course Simon and Blue form Simon vs. the Homo Sapien agenda.

Book that Made You Cry

I don’t think I cried at a book this year. I haven’t really read anything this year that pulled at my heart strings yet this year.

Book that Made You Happy

I haven’t read any really happy cutesy romances so far this year (need to chance that pronto). However I have read a few shoujo mangas that I thought were adorable.

  

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

I tend not to watch book to movie adaptions. I actually don’t watch many movies at all. However I did watch the new Beauty and the Beast movie which I LOVED!

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

Uhm I’ve written like 2 reviews so far this year and I really don’t love either so Something I need to work on the next half of the year.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought (or received) This Year

I love the cover and illustrations in this book and I’m really excited to of picked this one up!

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of This Year

I plan on making a more complete list of all the books I would like to read in the 2nd half of the year but a few that I am hoping to get to soon include

  

And that’s all she wrote. Alright I can’t believe half the year has come and gone! I’m hoping to also post a reading challenge update for the half year mark as well this week. I’m really excited to see how I’m doing for the various challenges I set up for myself.

Weekly Wrap Up–June 25th

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This week I am also linking up to the Sunday post!

This week was a slower reading week for me than I would of liked. The beginning of the week I was struggling to read because I wasn’t really into the first book I read this week and it took me way longer than it should of. Besides the slumpy first half of the week I won a giveaway for a VR Headset and it arrived in the mail and instead of reading I’ve been watching horror movies in VR!

Anyways on to the books!

What I Read This Week!

  

Weekly Stats
Total Books: 3
Pages: 997

WHAT I POSTED THIS WEEK

Reading Habits Tag

#GetGraphic Wrap-up!

Diversity Spotlight # 5

Next Week….

As per usual I will be participating in Diversity spotlight on Thursday and I will be posting a tag next week as well. I am also hoping to particiapte in Top Ten Tuesday as well for the first time.

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HOW’D YOUR READING WEEK GO? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW

Happy Reading

Arya

Diversity Spotlight # 5

Diversity

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week I share I diverse boo I’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is released and I have not read, and a diverse book not yet released that I can’t wait for. For more information on the Diversity Spotlight you can check out the announcement post  here.


This week I am focusing on books written by muslim authors! I haven’t read a lot of books by muslims authors and I really want to change that.

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 Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself

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Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?


What is your favorite book written by  a muslim author?


Happy Reading

Arya

#GetGraphic Wrap-up!

Hello, last Saturday I participated in the Get Graphic Readathon hosted by KittyG and Elena Reads Books over on Youtube. This readathon is one of my favorites to join in! I love graphic novels but I don’t often read a lot of them all at once so I really like getting the chance to focus on them for a whole day. To find out more about the readathon here’s the announcement post .

I read a total of 8 Graphic works!
I decided to do some mini reviews for all of the books down below!

 Henshin was my least favorite of the books I read! This a collection of shorts most are not connected but some end up being connected. I honestly didn’t feel connected to any of the stories and thought most were just plain odd. The art wasn’t very interesting either.

 

 I participated in the last #getgraphic readathon and in that readathon I started 2 series and thought it would be really interesting to continue on with those series in the 2nd readathon. This being the first of the 2 series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series! I liked this book but my favorite characters from the last book were barely in this one and that really made me sad. However the plot was getting really interesting and my favorite characters rejoined the other group at the end so that shouldn’t be a huge issue in the later volumes. This book series really reminds me of the Heroes T.v. Show. I’m really excited to continue with this series

 

 This one is a graphic memoir following the authors life. Herself and her family are immigrants ad that part of this story was interesting but I feel like the author censored and left out big chunks of the stories. I’m sure she did leave out information to protect her parents feeling but I think it really took a lot from the story. Through out the whole book she mentions  she was really angry with her parents but it is never mentioned why. What ever it was must of been embarrassing or upsetting because it was never mentioned. I wasn’t a fan of this one.

 

 This was the other series I started during the last readathon. The 2nd book felt like it was more of a transition book to get to the last arc they are trying to get to in the last volume of this series(this series only as 3 volumes). I did like how much was accomplished in this book though its really interesting seeing how the characters are changing from one book to the next. I’m really interested to see how this book series ends!

 

 This was a total whim to pick up! I honestly didn’t like this one. It went by really quick and the concept was interesting but I didn’t like the execution. None of the characters we followed was interesting to follow and I didn’t really care about them or their motivations. However when i was reading this all I could think bout is how great of a T.v. show this would be.

 

 This was really cute! I used to read a lot more romances than I do now and I really missed them. However there wasn’t any action or drama in this book all of the results happened without any sort of drama. This is a series but I honestly I don’t feel like the rest of the books are necessary and I’m going to end the series here.  Also was a scene where Lee felt a little pressured to move faster than she wanted to and it made me uncomfortable :/

 

 I picked this up because the cover reminded me of X-men. I liked this it felt like a setup for the rest of the series which I am really excited about.  I really liked seeing the good and the bad of all the characters and the way the main character left the first volume really makes it sound like the next volume is going to be awesome

 

 This was my favorite book I read for the readathon. It follows Rory who is suppose to die a hero’s death today. WE follow him through his last day and find out why he was a hero. My favorite part was the brother of Rory and his relationship with him. I really liked the way this story unraveled and I really can’t wait to find and read  another boo by this author.

 

 

Overall it was a really good reading day! I wish I would of had the whole day to relax and read all day but I had a lot to do that day. This is one of my favorite readathons and  I can’t wait to be able to participate in it again next round!


Do you read graphic works? What’s your favorite?

Arya

Reading Habits Tag

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I love the tags of booktube since I don’t make booktube videos I thought it would be really fun to try the tags over here on my blog. Today I’m doing the Reading habits tag by The Book Jazz you can see the original video here. This is one of my favorite tags to watch so I’m really happy to give it a try.

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
    I generally read on our giant red L-shaped couch in the living room if I have time during the day. At night I like to read in bed.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
    I usually use whatever I have on hand so a random piece of paper mostly. However, I’ve been buying bookmarks lately. I tend to use them more if they are cute or of one of my favorite characters.
  3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/or a certain amount of pages?
    I Can…. but I hate it. I prefer to stop at a new chapter or at a logical breaking point in the story.
  4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
    Mostly I drink while reading especially if the book is physical. If I’m reading a ebook I sometimes eat my meals and prop my kindle up in its case.
  5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
    I do like reading with one or the other on as background noise. I think this is because I read so much while in school and I’m used to noise being around me.
  6. One book at a time or several at once?
    I used to only read one book at the time but I noticed if I read more than 1 book at a time I read more. Switching between books helps me from being slumpy
  7. Reading at home or everywhere?
    Everywhere! I’m almost never at home
  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
    In my head mostly unless the text is difficult or poetry. Sometimes it helps me focus or comprehend the book better.
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
    Only if I’ve decided to not finish the book. I read the last page or sometimes the chapter to see what ended up happening.
  10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
    I don’t intentionally do either. I don’t mind either way. The only time I’m really cautious about it is when its not my book. If its not mine I am super careful.
  11. Do you write in your books?
    No, mainly because most of the books I read are borrowed from the library. I think I would if I read more books that I bought.
  12. Who do you tag?
    Everybody reading this!

 

Do You have any unique reading habits?

Weekly Wrap Up – June 18th

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Ok so this week was a struggle. Besides the 40 hours of work this week (the usual). Trouble happened at my Grandma’s house. My grandma has an enclosed front porch where she stores mostly holiday things so she doesn’t have to use the attic to get her decorations. Anyways for years now the porch has been pulling away from the house at the top. WE had it reinforced and was told that would be fine for a few years and that’s holding up fine. However when she went on her porch this week she noticed it is starting to slant to the side. So we go exploring the porch to see what the problem is to find a 8-inch gap where the floor is disconnecting from the rest of the porch and the porch is threatening to collapse. So I’ve been spending my ” free time” this week moving all of my grandma’s stuff on the porch to various places like the attic, garage, and basement. To most that may not seem like a huge deal but you’ve never seen my grandmother’s porch! My grandma is what you call a EXTREME decorator! Have you seen that show where people decorate there house like crazy on Christmas? Well my grandma does that for EVERY major holiday!

Okay, Okay now that I’ve got that off of my chest let’s talk about reading this week I managed to do pretty ok. I participated in the #getgraphic readathon hosted by KittyG and ElenaReadsBooks two of my favorite booktubers! Which is basically a one day readathon where yo read graphic works you’ve been meaning to read. I love graphic novels so I really have fun with this readathon. So participating in this readathon for sure boosted my stats this week.

What I read This Week

Weekly Stats
Total Books: 11
Pages: 2,323!

Challenge Stats

Book Deprived Readathon  27/40 books
#Emojiathon 9/25 books

What I Posted This Week

Review of In Order to Live

Who Am I Tag

Diversity Spotlight # 4

Freebie Friday [2]

Mini Bloggiesta Sign Up Post

Next Week…

On The Blog

I already have 2 post scheduled for the week my tag Tuesday and diversity spotlight on Thursay. I plan to also post a review and a wrap p for the #getgraphic readathon with mini-reviews for the books I managed to read. Also Freebie Friday #3

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Post for the first time!


How’d your reading week go? I would love to know

Happy Reading
Arya