"It was about time the world saw Egypt not through a Western lens, but through an authentically Egyptian one."
For some reason, I've been reaching out for Mexican-based or inspired novels this month, and I have not been disappointed! From Silvia Moreno-Garcia to Isabel Cañas, these books have been rich, lush, and beautifully rendered.
Smell your way through these books
A memoir about what it's like being a woman and mother in science, and what it's like trying to gain acceptance in a field dominated by men.
For fans of Outlander - you'll love the time travel perspectives, the mystery, and the Scottish headlands.
All in all, a decent contemporary YA book, with heavy topics that are easily digestible by YA readers.
A different kind of beach reads.
I've been noticing more and more books coming out about nature, the environment, and our connection with the world. These go beyond, "the environment is failing and we're the cause," to more, "we are nature, contained within, yet separate," and "reconnect with nature and recognize the beauty and depth of the natural world.
Here's a list of 7 books that have influenced my writing in terms of voice and tone, and have taught me how use the setting as a major character, the plot as a dreamy wonderland, and the characters as beautiful creatures that are so flawed, they're perfect.
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