‘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”

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”

Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters!

Hey sunshines!

Today is going to be somewhat of an emotional, rant-y, super long post so be warned 🙂

I just finished watching Never Have I Ever.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the new and hot TV series that everyone’s talking about- it’s about Devi, an Indian-American teen who is getting over the loss of her father and her paralyzation. The show is so Indian, and I can’t tell you how much I love it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Never Have I Ever is a series about the life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl, a highschool sophmore named Devi. She recently lost her father and was paralyzed for a few months but is looking to ‘start over’ this year- but friends, school, and circumstances don’t make it easy for her. The series is loosely inspired by Mindy Kaling, the director’s, childhood.

So.

I am obsessed with this show. But not just a normal fangirl- to be honest, I probably won’t fangirl about it much like I do with a lot of other books/shows because this just isn’t that sort of series.

It’s flawed.

It’s flawed, and it has issues (mostly because a lot of it was quite cringy), but in my opinion that makes it so much better. Continue reading “Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters!”