Celeste Ng weaves a deft story, and it's one that's thought-provoking and has you taking the sides of different characters, only to swing back around and wonder if you're being fair in taking sides.
A wonderful read! I felt like I was listening to my baba's stories from his childhood in Syria...
We're in a unique time in history. I feel suspended in time, like I'm both part of it, and outside it. I feel like I have so much time to do so much, and it would be a shame to waste it. I speak from privilege, I know, where I'm not concerned about job security … Continue reading Don’t waste Quarantine
I expected a bit more, since I've loved Arden's other books, especially the Winternight trilogy. Not a bad book, but certainly Arden's weakest.
A few months ago, I mentioned my book Mistlyn on Wattpad. In the last few weeks, I've been editing it and getting it ready to send out to beta readers, and then, to agents. The only way thirteen-year-old Mistlyn can bring her dead village back to life is by going with a conniving Jinn to … Continue reading Mistlyn Chapter One
Study reports we tend to prefer fictional villains who are darker versions of ourselves.
I loved Where the Crawdads Sing, and it's my favorite so far this year. Poignant, rich, and haunting, it deserves all the hype it's gotten, and more.
Well-researched, along with photos, headlines, and historical notes, Suspect Red is a great historical fiction read! Even though it's middle grade, I still enjoyed reading it and learned a bit more about life during the Red Scare. The historical backdrop is woven deftly throughout the story, and at the end, there's a list of resources for further reading.
Welcome to the Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge!
My favorite 2020 project yet! This has been in the making for some time now, and I’m finally ready to announce it. I’m dedicating my 2020 to reading more books by Muslim authors. I want to show my support for Muslim authors who do their best to bring us the representation we’ve been waiting for, and the representation that we feel proud of and to raise our voices in literature.
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In a few days, I’m finally receiving my “doctorhood” towards which I have been working relentlessly for years. Of course, I’m ready to confront such questions as:
Exactly what are you a doctor of?
A doctor of literature? A doctor of philosophy?
A doctor of words? Sounds bizarre, but it seems like a good definition of a literary critic.
If I’m being specific, however, my work focuses on diaspora literature and the notion of Muslimness. My project “Transitional Spaces, Transnational Narratives, and Representation: Muslimness in Contemporary Literary Imaginations” intervenes in debates surrounding Muslims, Islam, and the representations of Muslimness in the Global North.
So, it goes without saying that I’ve been quite excited about:
- The Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge launched by Reading Between the Dunes
- Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge that The Perks of Being Noura Blog has started
I find these two reading challenges critical in the current sociopolitical climate–at…
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