The 20 Most Popular YA Books: have I read them? | part 1

I have like no energy right now. At all. But at least I’m posting semi-regularly?

Since school started and all my other classes are starting up too, I’m finding myself with barely any time. As someone notorious for horrible time management, my solution has been writing daily to-do lists split in to morning / afternoon / evening so that I know what I have to accomplish each day. It’s tedious, but helpful.

Because I barely have any time to even get schoolwork + extracurricular work done, I also have like no time to spend on reading. Which sucks, because I’m kind of a book blog. In case you haven’t noticed. AKA, I have no content to write about.

But then the wonderful Elli @ AceReader who must have been sent from the heavens (I’m serious, I’m that desperate) posted on her blog about if she’s read the 40 most popular recent YA novels that Goodreads posted as a list, and I was like OH! Look- it’s content!!

So before you read this post, go check out Elli’s post because she wrote it first. Thank you Elli for saving this girl from disappearing without any content to write about.

Anyways, that was an awfully dramatic intro. Let’s get onto the actual post ;)) P.S. please don’t read this in the WP Reader!! read it on my actual blog. I spent a lot of time on formatting 😭

Basically, I’ll be seeing whether or not I’ve read the 40 most popular recent YA novels to see if I’m a true book blogger (jk, you can read whatever you want and still be a book blogger, I’m kidding lalala). The thing is, I won’t be able to get to all 40 of them, so I’ll just be doing 20, and next post I’ll hopefully do 20 more! Continue reading “The 20 Most Popular YA Books: have I read them? | part 1”

4 Shows To Watch If You Loved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ | ft. diverse animated shows on Netflix

Hey everyone!

 A lot of you have probably seen Avatar: The Last Airbender since it came on Netflix back in June. It’s already broken several records and is the show with the highest number of days on the Top Ten list- I believe over fifty days! Which is crazy, and definitely well-deserved.

(to my credit, I liked avatar before it was trendy. but still. 😂)

During my collab with Sophie, I made her watch Avatar because it’s amazing (here’s the link to my post, her blog is currently down for some reason!) and she obviously loved it as well. A lot of us have watched ATLA and after watching it, craved some more of the magic that’s in that TV show. It took me several months to find great TV shows with some of these qualities, and I thought I’d share it with y’all too, so you don’t have to suffer like I did. 😭

Also, all of these are diverse shows! These are all shows with BIPOC and some also have LGBT representation. They’re also directed to a younger audience, which means that there are no adult themes and all of these are also animated, which is great because animated shows are so underrated! 😉

P.S. These are all available in USA Netflix and I’m sure some others are available in other countries as well!

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1. The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra Coming to Netflix in August – /Film

Yes, technically I’ve mentioned this before in previous posts, but it was added to Netflix about a month and a half ago and deserves a second mention! LOK is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which makes it the most obvious choice if you’re looking for another show that’s similar to ATLA. It follows Korra, the avatar after Aang, as she saves the world and masters the elements through four seasons. It’s not the same as ATLA but it has its own charm and I promise it’s worth a watch. It’s a little more mature than ATLA, though- I’d recommend it for 11+ rather than ATLA’s 7+, but I supposed everyone reading this is probably over that age 😂

How it’s similar to ATLA:

  • Similar worldbuilding because it’s located in the same universe
  • Bending!! 🥰
  • Art style is gorgeous as well
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Diverse cast with BIPOC and LGBT representation

Continue reading “4 Shows To Watch If You Loved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ | ft. diverse animated shows on Netflix”

‘Star Daughter’ by Shveta Thakrar | #OwnVoices review | beautiful writing & vivid settings

Hey everyone!

A few days ago I finished a wonderful book called Star Daughterby Shveta Thakrar. It’s been a really long time (REALLY long time) since I’ve written a review, so I’m going to try my best to put my thoughts onto this page!

Before I get into this, can we just take a moment to appreciate be absolutely DISGUSTED by the current block editor? I would just like my classic editor back, please 😭 I have no idea how to use blocks…

Star Daughter

Star Daughter – Shveta Thakrar – Spoiler-Free Review

Representation: Indian MC and completely Indian cast of characters, sapphic side romance

TWs: multiple descriptions of cutting another character for blood (skippable & not condoned)

What I liked:

COVER

Regardless of whether you like Star Daughter or not, everyone has to admit that this cover is stunning. I would give this book five stars just for the cover. 😍 It’s also unapologetically Indian- we have a beautiful brown girl on the cover wearing a bindi and a chutti and it’s gorgeous. 🥰 Continue reading “‘Star Daughter’ by Shveta Thakrar | #OwnVoices review | beautiful writing & vivid settings”

Which Characters Am I? | identity crisis book tag

Hey, folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’m really sorry about that- I also miss the blogosphere so much and will try to be more consistent with posting! Meanwhile, I’ve been prepping for a music performance that I recorded and sent (finally after so much stress), and school starts in two days which I’m super sad about!

But yes, I am not dead. Thankfully. With COVID-19 going around, who even knows unless I tell you 😭

I’m also really scared that I won’t have time to post much more because I’m entering the busy high school years which would be super sad 😦 so I’m going to try and post as much as I can in the first few months!

However, I’ve also been in a terrible reading/blogging slump. I read a grand total of… wait for it… zero books in July. (wonderful, I know!) And I haven’t known what to post at all, which is why I procrastinated so much on writing a post.

Anyways, since we’re writing this post which actually sounds like a lot of fun, I need to credit the lovely Kerys @ The Everlasting Library for this amazing idea (and the identity crisis book tag!). Her post is amazing, check it out! I used some different quizzes but the idea is similar!

Okay, on to the post! Continue reading “Which Characters Am I? | identity crisis book tag”

My Nominations For The 2020 Book Blogger Awards!

Welcometo the Fourth Annual Book Blogger Awards! May the odds be ever in your favor!

This is the first time I’m ever participating in these awards which are hosted by the very lovely May @ Forever and Everly and the equally amazing Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Thank you so much to both of them to for hosting this!

I’m incredibly excited to post this because not only have I been nominated (multiple times!! it means so much to me!!) and want to spread the love even further, but because this is a perfect chance to write a little bit about all of my favorite book bloggers.

For the rules and categories, check out the posts from May and Marie that I linked above!

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★ Best Pre-Teen / Teen Book Blogger (13-19) ★

This is a really hard prompt for me because so many book bloggers fall into this category! But if I had to pick, I’m going with Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea because all of her posts are so thoughtfully written. Plus, she never gives up an opportunity to support her fellow bloggers! I normally don’t interact with Caitlyn’s blog- that’s something I tend to do when the bloggers have a really large following and I don’t want to disturb them- but whenever her posts are published, I adore reading them. Continue reading “My Nominations For The 2020 Book Blogger Awards!”

DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community

Hey everyone!

In the last post I wrote that was a tag about the books I’ve read so far this year, I mentioned that I really wanted to have a discussion about defunding the police (please click on the link! educate yourself!) but I decided that although I would LOVE to write about it, it 1) is mentally draining, 2) requires a lot of research on my part, and 3) is something that hundreds/thousands of others have written on WAY better than me.

So instead of writing to you about defunding the police (like I said, check out the link!), I’m going to talk about a topic that is super prevalent to our little niche of the internet- and something that should be talked about a lot more.

The book industry and, in a way, the book BLOGGING industry upholds a tiring system of internalized whiteness.

I just want to start this post by making myself clear: I absolutely love the bookish community and the people that I interact with! I also do have lots of love for some books by white authors- which I’ll touch on a little bit later- and am in no way saying that you shouldn’t be a white author or white book blogger.

(get ready for a long post, kids.)

Whiteness and white supremacy is not an individual issue. It’s not even that we as a community think that white voices are inherently “better” than the voices of POC, which is why I hesitate to use the words white supremacy- however, this term has an evolving definition which extends to the practices in communities that intentionally OR unintentionally devalues the work, existence, and contributions of non-white people. Continue reading “DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community”