Diversity Spotlight #6

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Hey guys, welcome to another installment of Diversity Spotlight Thursday created by Bookshelves & Paperbacks ! If you’d like to view my previous posts on this tag click the links below:

Diversity Spotlight #1
Diversity Spotlight #2
Diversity Spotlight #3
Diversity Spotlight #4
Diversity Spotlight #5

The questions included in the diversity spotlight Thursday are:

  1. Diverse book you enjoyed reading
  2. Diverse book that has been released and you want to read
  3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

Here are my picks for this week!

1. Diverse book you enjoyed reading

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Goodreads: When Dimple Met Rishy by Sandhya Menon
My Review

Oh my god, this book! This book was such a gem that I instantly fell in love with the characters, their ambitions, their love for their family and traditions. This book was such a fresh breath of air where we get to see more Asian based characters going through the average teenage dillemma: first loves and starting out college.

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning until the end, so I truly recommend this to everyone!

 

 

2. Diverse book that has been released and you want to read

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Goodreads: The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

This book is finally out! But it’s yet to arrive in Malaysia 😦 I really cannot wait to get my hands on this. I love books that centers around the struggles of a PoC character to defeat the stereotypes and stigma surrounding their race or skin colour.

In The Hate U Give, it’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and I hope to learn more about it through this.

 

 

 

 

3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

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Goodreads: I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Maurene Goo)

Publication date: May 30th 2017

Another YA contemporary about Asian characters! From the blurb it sounds super fun: an Asian girl wanting to find love before she gets started in college. Sure it sounds cliche, but the thing that makes this unique? Korean Drama Love Advice! I am not a K Drama junkie but oh do I love Korean drama love plots. They’re so cheesy and romantic, makes you all bubbly and warm inside.

#GoblinLover

I do hope this turns out fun and wonderful. If the character is bimbo-ish and just desperate for high school drama, I reckon I won’t be enjoying this as much. (I hated To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, so you get my drift)

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading and see you in the next Diversity Spotlight installment 😉

 

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Diversity Spotlight #5

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Hey guys, welcome to another installment of Diversity Spotlight Thursday created by Bookshelves & Paperbacks ! I haven’t done a diversity post in so long, and for that I apologize. I’ve been so busy with work and reviewing current books I’ve read. But I’m glad I finally have made the time to write up this post!

Questions included in the diversity spotlight Thursday are:

  1. Diverse book you enjoyed reading
  2. Diverse book that has been released and you want to read
  3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

And because I suck in being up to date with upcoming releases, I shall do my diversity posts answering the first 2 questions only 🙂

Here are my picks for this week!

1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed

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Goodreads: Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)

From a crippled MC to a dark skinned heroine and rich and homosexual characters, Six of Crows is one of the most diverse books I’ve ever read. I truly enjoyed the wonderful mix of characters here where we see each of them dealing with their own difficulties and diverse backgrounds. Their differences made them work well as a team which led to interesting adventures and mishaps.

 

 

 

 

2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read

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Goodreads: Wing Jones (Katherine Webber)

(By the time this post is scheduled, I will have read this book haha! I hope this still counts)

I recently bought this book because I was attracted to the diverse background of the character – Chinese-Ghanian teenager trying to find her place in this world after a tragedy strikes her family. I love uplifting stories of teenagers finding hope in the darkest of times and finding their voice or passion in life. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and the spray-painted edges are so gorgeous! I cannot wait to read this one soon.

3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

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Goodreads: The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

This is another diverse book that I am so excited to come out and read! This is the story of a PoC character trying to find her way in a world so caught up in body image and media-influenced beauty. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter, this book questions how we treat people of all races and religion. Just like Wing Jones, I love YA contemporaries with strong messages of self-acceptance and power of diversity. I definitely cannot wait to read this when it comes out end of February!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading this post! Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them? What would be your top diverse reads that you would recommend to me?

The Instagram Book Tag

Hey guys! I found this tag done by The Book Prophet and whilst no one tagged me to do it, I thought it’d be fun to try it out 😀

Feed: Many people give a special theme to their Instagram feeds, or none at all.
Are most of the books you read of the same genre, or do you like to mix it up?

I always mix things up! It’s only because I get bored pretty quickly if I stick to one genre. So I always alternate between fantasy, historical fiction, general fiction, sci-fi, young adult and classics.

Filter: Instagrammers often put filters onto their photos to make them look vibrant and beautiful.
Name a book with a stunning cover!

Now this is a toughie, since I’m not always sure if people will like what I recommend. But my go-to recommendations would have to be these books (if you’re a fan of general fiction, sci-fi or fantasy!):

 

Bio: Instagram bios can be up to 150 characters long, and can be used to give some general information about yourself.
Name a book with a catchy blurb that hooked you in.

The Ballroom by Anna Hope hooked me in from the beginning because the blurb tells a tale of an early 20th century asylum in Ireland filled with secrets, love and dancing! How can you not be attracted to that?!

Diversity Spotlight #4

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Hey guys, welcome to another installment of Diversity Spotlight Thursday created by Bookshelves & Paperbacks ! Click to see the first, second and third installment of this series in my blog. I’ve decided to alter a bit the original post. Initially we had to answer 3 questions:

  1. Diverse book you enjoyed reading
  2. Diverse book that has been released and you want to read
  3. Diverse book yet to be released and you want to read

And because I suck in being up to date with upcoming releases, I shall do my diversity posts answering the first 2 questions only 🙂

Here are my picks for this week!

1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed

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Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

I just finished this brilliant debut novel by a writer who has Western and Asian ancestry and it is such a well written book! Questioning an artist’s struggles in New York on top of being female and Asian, this is easily one of my favourite diverse reads. Read my review here and please pick this up if you have the time!

2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read

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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

I am very much looking forward to this Turkish-influenced novel that contains many Rumi references! It has such an interesting premise and I hope to venture more into Oriental or Middle Eastern novels.

Thanks for reading this post! Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them?

The NY Times Book Tag

It’s been a while since I did a booktag. Thought it’d be fun to do this one! 😄

What is on your nightstand right now?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I rarely read multiple books at a time!

What was the last truly great book you read?


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

If you could meet any author – dead or alive- who would it be? And what would you want to know?

John Green. I’d ask him about his experience with Syrian refugees and if he’s thinking of writing a new YA novel surrounding them?

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch series? Haha

How do you organise your personal library?

I recently reorganized my shelves according to genres!

Previously it was according to colour coordination.

What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?

This is a tough one, I usually pick my books to ensure I enjoy them but occasionally I do read books that aren’t just for me. This book happened to be Like The Starlings by Diyarr Harraz. It gained some positive reviews but I guess it just wasn’t for me?

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I’m drawn to general fiction because they tell stories of mid life crises or marital problems or relationship issues that I can deeply relate to. I have a high mental age (around 40-ish) and when I read books like these I feel a tiny bit reassured knowing your adult life is meant to be haphazard or chaotic.

I guess I avoid YA contemporaries with cliche love stories where the misfit gets the hot guy or the popular friends because I find those totally unrealistic 😂

If you could require that the president read one book, what would it be?

I’d always recommend Anna Hope’s The Ballroom to anyone anytime!

What do you plan to read next?

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol!

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag

For this week’s book tag, the lovely Hizatul tagged me to do the Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag!

RULES: 

  1. Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  2. For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  3. Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six). (I am doing just 3 rounds!)

So let’s get started! 😀

Round 1

Burn:

Shopaholic & Sister (Sophie Kinsella) just because I don’t remember anything about this book. Haha.

Rewrite:

Sula (Toni Morrison) because I did enjoy the book but not entirely. Despite its short length, I didn’t much impressed by it as people were claiming it should.

Reread:

Quiet (Susan Cain) because this book literally changed my life! I have reread it several times, using it for college presentations and such. I truly loved this book and I am always recommending it for my introverted friends, because it explains so well our behaviors and traits!

Round 2

Burn:

The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides) because I thought this was too slow and I still can’t believe I had the patience to finish it. It had some great messages to take from about adult relationships and life in general but overall, it was too boring for me.

Rewrite:

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Sophie Kinsella), what are the odds of another Kinsella book entering the mix eh? I honestly enjoyed this one. It’s the second installment in the famous Shopaholic series and I honestly can’t remember much of it. But I do remember how irritating the character, Becky, can be so maybe she needs to take it down a notch. But not too much since that is what makes her funny and memorable.

Reread:

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak), oh what a wonderful book this was. This book started my love for historical fiction. Albeit a bit slow, I truly loved the characters, plot and writing and miss the devastating ending to this hauntingly beautiful story.

Round 3

Burn:

The First Phone Call from Heaven (Mitch Albom) not because I despise it, it was quite a good read. But only because I had to choose something for the burn category. LOL.

Rewrite:

A Street Cat Named Bob (James Brown) was an enjoyable read for me but it felt too basic with the writing. The message of humanity and kinship with animals was great, I just wished editors took their time giving it a more eloquent feel. But the success of this book clearly reflects how well received this book has been!

Reread:

The Ballroom (Anna Hope) is one of my favourite 2016 reads. It was so beautifully written, poignant and a great reflection of early 20th century mental institution conditions. It was such a unique story that I truly recommend it for everyone!

Book Blogger Inside Tag

I saw this book tag done by Girl Who Reads and thought it’d be fun to do it too! It’s a series of questions about the blogger him/herself and what they think of the world of blogging. This lovely tag was created by Jamie from AlittleSliceofJamie!

Question One: Where do you typically write your blog posts?

At my desk or on my bed.

Question Two: How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

If I write it directly after finishing a book, it usually takes up to an hour to get it right. Longer if I’ve left the book a while.

Question Three: When did you start your book blog?

September 2016!

Question Four: What is the worst thing in your opinion about having a book blog?

The lack of interaction with the readers. Blogs tend to be a quick stop by for some people and there’s not much of discussion going on unlike in Twitter. That’s the experience I have, so far!

Question Five: What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

The templates! Haha, I’m a sucker for aesthetics and having a good layout for a blog keeps me motivated to keep posting!

Question Six: What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I’d say it’s my V E Schwab’s This Savage Song review! I had so much fun attending the signing event that was held for her in London to celebrate the release of This Savage Song. I got to know the idea behind the book directly from the author’s perspective. And when I finally read the book, it blew my mind to see what Schwab intended us to read. And I was so happy to blog about the book afterwards, because it brought so much great memories of that day with her!

Question Seven: What is your favourite type of blog to write?

Definitely reviews! It’s like ensuring the process of reading is truly complete when you’ve written a decent review for the book. I feel like doing a public service too when I write reviews! Haha.

Question Eight: When do you typically write?

I write best at night.

Question Nine: Do you review every book you read?

I try to! If I’m too busy with work/studies at the moment, I will skip reviewing books.

Question Ten: How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of tea or coffee? With Netflix?

Having music in the background is enough. Currently I have the soundtrack from Wicked musical on loop in my Youtube.

Question Eleven: When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after?

Right after if possible!

Question Twelve: How often do you post?

Currently, every other day. But once I return home, I’m aiming for once a week 🙂

I tag:

  1. Kevin
  2. Satthiya
  3. Sofea
  4. Atikah
  5. Malie
  6. Anyone who wants to do this (just tag me!)

Thanks for reading!