Monthly TBR: June 2020

June 3

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my monthly tbr for June. Like many of you I am partaking in CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon. For more details please click on the link. My goal for this readathon is to read as many owned books as possible, be it new releases or old ones. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you plan on reading in June!

Currently Reading:

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  1. Heroine’s Journey by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon

Adult:

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  1. Unsung Heroine by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon
  2. Can’t Escape Love by: Alyssa Cole
  3. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Volume’s 1-3 by: Fujita-Series link-#StartOnYourShelfathon 

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2020

May 2

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my May monthly wrap-up. I read 6 books. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included.

I will also be sharing my wrap-up for the #StartOnYourShelfathon. The readathon is hosted by CW. Let me know in the comments what you read in May!

Book(s) that I DNFed (0-2 stars):

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  1. Crowning Soul by: Sahira Javaid
  2. A Song Below Water by: Bethany C. Morrow

Book(s) that I Enjoyed (3-4 stars):

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  1. Heroine Complex by: Sarah Kuhn-Wordpress review to come!
  2. Heroine Worship by: Sarah Kuhn-Wordpress review to come!

Favourite Book(s) of the Month (4-5 stars):

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  1. Once Upon an Eid by: S. K. Ali (Editor) and Aisha Saeed (Editor)
  2. Magnificent Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Stormranger by: Saladin Ahmed, Minku Jung (Illustrations), and Joey Vazquez (Illustrations)

#StartOnYourShelfathon:

  1. Heroine Complex by: Sarah Kuhn-Book 13
  2. Heroine Worship by: Sarah Kuhn-Book 14 
  3. Magnificent Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Stormranger by: Saladin Ahmed, Minku Jung (Illustrations), and Joey Vazquez (Illustrations)-Book 15

Book Haul: May 2020

May 1

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my May book haul. Book Haul is when you share books that you bought from the bookstore, ebooks/kindle, borrowed from the library or a friend, books you won through giveaways, and books for review purposes. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you hauled in May!
Bookstore:

May books

  1. Once Upon an Eid by: S. K. Ali (Editor) and Aisha Saeed (Editor)
  2. Magnificent Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Stormranger by: Saladin Ahmed, Minku Jung (Illustrations), and Joey Vazquez (Illustrations)
  3. My Hero Academia Vol. 24 by: Kohei Horikoshi

Black Lives Matter: What You Can Do

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Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a thread from Twitter. About what we as readers should be demanding from publishers. I’ll also be mentioning some ways about what we as readers can do.

Here is the thread. It was shared by Michelle and the graphics are done by Paris (on Instagram).

What We Can Do As Readers:

  1. Listen to Black People
  2. Promote/Support Black content creators
  3. Promote/Support Black authors  
  4. Confront anti-blackness and racism. Your own as well as family and friends.
  5. Do not stop retweeting, signing petitions, and donating (if you are able). 

I know this has been said by many other people and in better ways. I simply wanted to share this with my readers.

If there is anything else you’d like me to share please comment. Thank you for reading! 

Review: A Mixture of Mischief

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A Mixture of Mischief By: Anna Meriano

My Rating: 5 Stars

Leo Logroño may have discovered the true nature of her magical abilities, but her education in how to use them in her family’s magical bakery has only just begun. And that isn’t the only bit of trouble in her life: her family’s baking heirlooms have begun to go missing, and a new bakery called Honeybees has opened across the street, threatening to run Amor y Azúcar right out of business.

With two of her sisters on a special spirit-hunting spring-break trip with her tía Paloma, and with Mamá busy guarding the bakery to keep away any more bad luck, Leo must work with her best friend, Caroline, and her sister Isabel to uncover who is stealing from the bakery and find way a way to save the business.

And that’s when a long-lost relative arrives at the door, mischief right behind him. . . .

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Kidnapping.

Reading Challenge(s): Book 5 for the #Pondathon. Book 5 for #StartOnYourShelfathon.

Rep: Leo’s family is Mexican. Caroline is half-Columbian and half-White.

My Thoughts Before Reading: I was so excited to read this book! Especially after that brutal cliffhanger in the previous installment.

I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations!

What I Liked: As usual I loved the family and friendship aspect! It’s been my favourite part of the series. Leo’s cousin JP makes an appearance in this book. JP and Leo have a great relationship. It was nice to read about someone from Leo’s family.

Isabel and Marisol’s arc is finally resolved. Wherein Marisol is finally ready to accept Isabel’s decision to study magic. And Marisol decides to pick up the slack around the bakery. I was so happy! I’ve been wanting their arc to get resolved since A Sprinkle of Spirits.

I liked that Leo’s parents aren’t flawless. They do mess up sometimes and admit to their mistakes. And work together as a family to improve themselves.

I loved Leo’s development! She’s come such a long way from A Dash of Trouble! While she did have a mean moment, she learnt from that and apologizes to Caroline, Brent, and JP.   

Another thing that I really love is the magic system! Leo has now developed her own power and spends most of A Mixture of Mischief trying to control it. I really liked reading about her power! It’s so cool that she can become invisible and much more.  

There are also some new magical creatures that are introduced. The history behind Leo’s Abuela’s family is revealed. Specifically how they used magic and developed there method. In comparison to how Leo’s Abuelo practices magic. Which I found to be very insightful and cool! 

As per the ending of A Sprinkle of Spirits, Leo’s Abuelo makes an appearance. I actually thought her Abuelo was her Abuela’s husband, but I was mistaken. Leo’s Abuelo is from her fathers side. Which was really shocking because, Leo’s father has previously claimed to not be from a magic family. Her Abuelo is the main antagonist.

The second antagonist is Leo’s mother’s former best friend Belinda. She has just opened up a bakery with the exact same menu as Amor y Azúcar. Her bakery could possibly run Leo’s family out of business.

While I did see where the Abuelo story line was going (of course they defeat him), I didn’t predict the direction of the rival bakery. I was pleasantly surprised when Belinda apologized for everything and asked Leo’s mother if they could work together!

My Criticism(s): Absolutely nothing!

What I’m Looking Forward To: More books from this author!

Conclusion: Overall I loved a Mixture of Mischief! I highly recommend this series.     

Review: All American Muslim Girl

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All American Muslim Girl By: Nadine Jolie Courtney

My Rating: 5 Stars

Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Islamophobia, racism, discrimination, grief, harassment, and panic attacks.

Reading Challenge(s): Book 4 for the #Pondathon. Book 4 for #StartOnYourShelfathon. Monthly pick for The Reading Clowns book club.

Rep: Allie is a Jordanian-Circassian White Muslim. Wells has anxiety. Allie’s mother converted to Islam before marriage. Samira is a Malaysian Muslim. Fatima is Black, she converted to Islam at a young age. Shamsah is an Indian Queer Muslim. Leila is a half-Egyptian and half-Palestinian Muslim. Dua is an Arab (I think?) Muslim.

My Thoughts Before Reading: I was weary about reading this book. I wasn’t sure whether the Muslim rep would be done well. 

I changed my mind when I heard from other Muslim reviewers that the rep was well done. I am happy to say that I loved it!

What I Liked: I adored how nuanced the rep was! It so nice to read about the many Muslim characters. As well as the dua’s, prayers, Ramadan, and Eid. There were discussions about impostor syndrome, the idea of a ‘good’ Muslim, women not being respected at the mosque and such. 

I loved reading Allie learning about Islam! It was nice to read about her learning Arabic, attending a Quran group, joining the Muslim group at her high school, and most importantly standing up for herself. Allie’s story hits close to home, as I also started to learn about Islam when I was a teenager. You can tell that author addressed everything with care.

I loved Allie! She was an amazing character. Her journey with Islam was relatable. It was great to read about her growth! How she learnt about Islam, and that she no longer wanted to keep it a secret that she was practicing.

Allie’s relationship with her family play a large influence on how she viewed Islam. Her mother is a convert, so she was more open to Islam than Allie’s father. Allie’s father was raised in an extremely strict environment, hence why he doesn’t practice Islam and doesn’t want his family to either.

I adored Allie’s mother but I had a very hard time liking her father. I found him to be quite unreasonable and unfair. Allie’s father does (eventually) support her decision to practice Islam. Her parents even fast with her during the last few days of Ramadan. I loved reading about their growth!

I loved reading about Allie’s Quran group! It was nice to read about their friendship, and them learning Islam. I found their sessions to be informative. You really do learn something new everyday! My favourite friendship was Dua and Allie.

I really liked Allie and Wells together! Despite what the synopsis says, Wells father isn’t revealed until about 20% in. When Allie starts a relationship with Wells, she has no idea that his father is Islamophobic. Obviously they had a lot of struggles in the beginning, though they were able to work everything out. I liked Wells and how open he was to Allie practicing. He even educated himself on Islam.

My Criticism(s): Absolutely nothing!

What I’m Looking Forward To: More Muslim books!

Conclusion: Overall I absolutely adored All American Muslim Girl! I highly recommend.

Monthly TBR: May 2020

May 3

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my monthly tbr for May. Like many of you I am partaking in CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon. For more details please click on the link. My goal for this readathon is to read as many owned books as possible, be it new releases or old ones. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you plan on reading in May!

Currently Reading:

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  1. Heroine Complex by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon

Young Adult:

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  1. Magnificent Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Stormranger by: by: Saladin Ahmed, Minku Jung (Illustrations), and Joey Vazquez (Illustrations)-#StartOnYourShelfathon

Adult:

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  1. Heroine Worship by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2020

April 2

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my April monthly wrap-up. I read 6 books. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included.

I will also be sharing my wrap-up for the #StartOnYourShelfathon. The readathon is hosted by CW. Let me know in the comments what you read in April!

Book(s) that I DNFed (0-2 stars):

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  1. You Deserve Each Other by: Sarah Hogle
  2. Ghost Squad by: Claribel A. Ortega
  3. Silverworld by: Diana Abu-Jaber

Book(s) that I Enjoyed (3-4 stars):

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  1. Chain of Gold by: Cassandra Clare 
  2. The Paper & Hearts Society by: Lucy Powrie-Wordpress review

Favourite Book(s) of the Month (4-5 stars):

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  1. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 11 by: Izumi Tsubaki

#StartOnYourShelfathon:

  1. Chain of Gold-Book 10
  2. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 11-Book 11
  3. The Paper & Hearts Society-Book 12

Book Haul: April 2020

April 1

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my April book haul. Book Haul is when you share books that you bought from the bookstore, ebooks/kindle, borrowed from the library or a friend, books you won through giveaways, and books for review purposes. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you hauled in April!

Library:

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  1. You Deserve Each Other by: Sarah Hogle
  2. Ghost Squad by: Claribel A. Ortega
  3. Silverworld by: Diana Abu-Jaber

E-ARC(s):

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  1. Once Upon an Eid by: by: S. K. Ali (Editor) and Aisha Saeed (Editor)

Review: The Paper & Hearts Society

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The Paper & Hearts Society by: Lucy Powrie

My Rating: 4 Stars

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Bullying, harassment, cyber stalking, grief, and panic attacks.

Reading Challenge(s): Book 12 for #StartOnYourShelfathon.

Rep: Tabby has anxiety. Olivia is demisexual. I think that Cassie and Olivia may be POC, but I’m not sure. If anyone knows whether or not the girls are POC, please let me know in the comments. 

My Thoughts Before Reading: I was really excited about reading this book! I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

What I Liked: I absolutely enjoyed reading about The Paper & Hearts Society (a very fitting name for a book club)! I’ve never read a book with such fun bookish activities! The road trip to Bath was my favourite bookish activity to read about.

I loved all the characters and their interactions with one-another! I especially loved Tabby and Ed’s relationship. I could feel Olivia’s excitement whenever she came up with a club activity. Henry was sweet. And while I took some time to warm up to Cassie, I absolutely loved her development!

I really enjoyed Tabby’s character development! Tabby is still reeling from the bullying she faced at her previous school. She has several panic attacks throughout the book. And blames herself for getting bullied.

Tabby gains self confidence and is able to confront her trauma. Thanks to her new friends. Especially Ed, who is her best friend.

The bullying story line was extremely well done! It was raw and realistic. The aftermath was inevitable but I didn’t mind. I felt that it was well written and worked with the plot.

Initially Tabby has a good relationship with everyone expect Cassie. Who is convinced that Tabby is going to betray them and destroy their friend group. Cassie has her own reasons for believing this. Though Cassie pushes past this and accepts Tabby in their group. I loved it when Cassie opened up to Tabby! 

Like I mentioned earlier Tabby has an excellent relationship with Ed and Olivia. Both of whom accept her right away. Henry’s relationship with Tabby veers in the romantic direction.

I really enjoyed reading about their friendship and eventually their romance. They were so cute together!

I loved reading about Tabby’s relationship to with her grandmother! Her Gran was so cool and a joy to read about! Her Gran was the only active family member to read about. Her parents were still living at their house wrapping up the sale and moving. Her Gran is a large part of the reason Tabby continues to befriend The Paper & Hearts Society.

My Criticism(s): My only criticism is that I think Tabby should’ve told her family about Jess.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Reading the sequel Read with Pride.

Conclusion: Overall I really enjoyed this book! I highly recommend.