Blog Tour: Why I Recommend Home Is Not A Country

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a recommendation post as apart of the Home Is Not A Country blog tour hosted by Qamar Blog Tours. Please check out the schedule, book, and author information below!

Why I recommend Home Is Not A Country

  1. The Rep: As a Muslim reviewer, it is always such a delight to read about books with Muslim rep written by Muslim authors. I could really feel Nima’s relationship with Allah as well as her culture. Nima talked about her culture so fondly, as well as her mothers relationship to their culture. I love when authors incorporate such storylines!
  2. The Writing Style: Nima’s voice doesn’t start out strong in the beginning. As the story goes on, the reader gets lost in Nima’s words. I was eager to hear her talk about her mother, her childhood friend, her culture and Islam. Safia knows what she was doing by writing the book as such. It’s truly brillant!

Book Information

Nima doesn’t feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her white suburban town, which feels both dangerous and familiar. At least she has her childhood friend Haitham, with whom she can let her guard down and be herself.

Until she doesn’t. As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen, the name her parents didn’t give her at birth: Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might just be more real than Nima knows. And more hungry.

This book is a story of mothers and daughters, of friends and enemies, of journeys and homecomings, and of realizing that sometimes the person you’re meant to be has been staring at you in the mirror all along.

Author Information

SAFIA ELHILLO is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, and Girls That Never Die (forthcoming from One World/Random House 2021). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she holds an MFA from The New School, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee (receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize), co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30. Safia’s work appears in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature. Her work has been translated into several languages, and commissioned by Under Armour, Cuyana, and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Oakland.

Links

Website: https://safia-mafia.com/tagged/main
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6870010.Safia_Elhillo
Instagram: Safia Elhillo • صافية الحلو (@safiamafia)
Twitter: Safia Elhillo (@mafiasafia) / Twitter

Blog Tour Schedule

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my December monthly wrap-up. I read 20 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 CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon, as well as Andee’s and El’s, Clear Your Shit readathon. For more details please click on the links. Let me know in the comments what you read in December!

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

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1. This is How We Fly by: Anna Meriano

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

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1. Measuring Up by: Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu (Ilustrator)
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2. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter’s 46.5-47 by: Jun Mochizuki-Series link

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

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1. Smile Down the Runway Volumes 1-16 by: Kotoba Inoya-Series link

#StartOnYourShelfathon:

  1. Smile Down the Runway Volumes 1-16-44 books
Clear Your Shit:

0 books

Book Haul: December 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my December 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 December!

Library:

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1. This is How We Fly by: Anna Meriano
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2. Measuring Up by: Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu (Illustrator)

Ebook/Kubo/Kindle/Audible:

Bookstore:

Monthly TBR: December 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my monthly tbr for December. Like many of you I am partaking in CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon, Andee’s and El’s, Clear Your Shit readathon. For more details please click on the links.

My goal for these readathon’s 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 December!

Currently Reading:

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1. Smile Down the Runway Vol. 7 by: Kotoba InoyaSeries link-#StartOnYourShelfathon
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2. Haunted Heroine by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear You Shit

Middle Grade:

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1. Eva Evergreen Semi-Magical Witch by: Julie Abe-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear Your Shit

Young Adult:

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1. I Love You So Mochi by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear Your Shit
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2. Smile Down the Runway Volumes 8-16 by: Kotoba Inoya-Series link-#StartOnYourShelfathon

Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my November monthly wrap-up. I read 4 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 CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon, as well as Andee’s and El’s, Clear Your Shit readathon. For more details please click on the links. Let me know in the comments what you read in November!

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

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1. Artemis Fowl 6-8 by: Eoin Colfer-Series link
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2. Ways to Make Sunshine by: Renée Watson

#StartOnYourShelfathon:

  1. Artemis Fowl 6-827 books
  2. Ways to Make Sunshine-Book 28

Clear Your Shit:

  1. Artemis Fowl 6-8-3 books
  2. Ways to Make Sunshine-Book 4

Book Haul: November 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my November 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 November!

Ebook/Kubo/Kindle/Audible:

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1. Chihayafura Volumes 19-23 by: Yuki Suetsugu-Series link
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2. Smile Down the Runaway Volumes 1-16
by: Kotoba Inoya-Series link

Monthly TBR: November 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my monthly tbr for November. Like many of you I am partaking in CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon, Andee’s and El’s, Clear Your Shit readathon. For more details please click on the link.

My goal for these readathon’s 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 November!

Currently Reading:

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1. Ways to Make Sunshine by: Renée Watson-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear Your Shit

Young Adult:

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1. I Love You So Mochi by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear Your Shit

Adult:

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1. Haunted Heroine by: Sarah Kuhn-#StartOnYourShelfathon and Clear Your Shit

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my October monthly wrap-up. I read 5 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 October!

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

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1. The Lost Colony by: Eoin Colfer
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2. Who Made Me a Princess 1-4 by: 스푼-Series link

#StartOnYourShelfathon:

  1. The Lost Colony by: Eoin Colfer-Book 24

Book Haul: October 2020

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my October 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 October!

Ebook/Kubo/Kindle/Audible:

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1. The Black Veins by: Ashia Monet