Posts By: Rashika

Monday, January 25, 2016

Diverse Picture Books

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So, picture books. A lot of you might not read them yourselves but if I might say so, there are some fabulous picture books out there and yes, picture books that are ‘diverse.’ I am currently taking a Queer Lit class at my college and one of my classmates mentioned that she wished picture books weren’t so generic. She mentioned how nice it would be if she could read some pictures books aloud to her kids that weren’t based on heteronormative ideals and I wanted to shout that there ARE some amazing pictures books out there. AND HERE WE ARE. With me recommending some diverse picture books to you guys. ENJOY.

Diverse picture book recommendations

 

Goodreads Links

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Posted by on 01/20/2016 • 9 Comments

Passenger AKA the much awaited, highly anticipated time travel romance. I had hoped it would be everything I wanted, I had hoped I would swoon and die because cuteness, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Passenger was by no means a bad book, I just had a hard time relating to the character and getting behind the romance (which is kind of a big deal given that it is a time-travel romance.)

Etta is really my biggest problem with the book. It isn’t that she is fundamentally flawed, I just couldn’t get behind her as a character. Her privilege, growing up the way she did and in the century she did, is so blatant and her ignorance of it really bothered me. Being with Nicholas did make her realize that she was…

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Posted by on 01/11/2016 • 11 Comments

As some of you might know, diversity is super important to me and I strive to promote it whatever chance I can get. So today, I am presenting you with a list of some really cool diverse books coming out in the year 2016. PREPARE TO ADD EVERYTHING TO YOUR SHELF if you haven’t already. Not only do all of these have stunning covers, but they sound pretty awesome too!

Goodreads Links

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Vicarious by Paula…

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Posted by on 12/23/2015 • 14 Comments

I am a bookworm (hopefully there are no doubts about that) so a book that featured an evil library definitely got my attention. Ink and Bone also had a lot of hype surrounding it and some of my most-trusted peeps loved it. When I finally dove in, I was expecting my mind to be blown and it wasn’t necessarily blown but there is just something about this book. It’s really really slow but it is also really fucking amazing.

If you love fascinating villains, this book is for you. The Library is the villain here. The library essentially controls the world so there is definite dystopic quality to this book but don’t be turned off by that if dystopias aren’t your thing. The library isn’t some mindlessly evil villain….

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

Posted by on 12/21/2015 • 15 Comments

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Do you love re-tellings of her works? I DO. I am always on the lookout for them since her books feature some of my favorite romance tropes so I decided to put together a post featuring some re-tellings I’ve read and some that I hope to get around to reading!

 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations of your own? Let us converse about the amazingness of  Mr. Darcy books.

 

Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Posted by on 12/17/2015 • 8 Comments

Reasons to read I Am Princess X

1. All about the friendship. Seriously, who doesn’t love a book that focuses on friendships of all relationships. Friends are important!

2. If you like books involving scavenger hunts, this book is for you. In the book, May has to put together a bunch of clues to find out what happened to her friend and how she might be able to find her. YAAAS.

3. The mystery. It comes with the scavenger hunt aspect of the novel but the book kept me on my toes. At one point while I was reading, my phone buzzed and I almost jumped out of my skin because I was so absorbed by the novel and the mystery.

4. The images. The comic strips with Princess X are…

On Happy Endings

On Happy Endings

Posted by on 12/14/2015 • 15 Comments

If you know me, you know that I LIVE for my Happily Ever Afters but I realize that many people don’t like them (which is 100% okay because to each and their own.) Today I just wanted to sit down and talk about why they are important to me.

So ideal endings. We all want them and chances are, we hardly ever get them. For me the perfect ending is happy but is also open in ways that allows me to continue interacting with the text. So in the case of a romance: they get together… but preferably not the whole we are married now and have 100 babies epilogue because that’s cheesy (at least in my opinion.) I don’t just think of HEAs in terms of romance though, in…

Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Posted by on 12/10/2015 • 7 Comments

If you like your Sherlock re-tellings full of lots of wit, humor and fun; Trouble is a Friend of Mine is for you. This book was SO MUCH fun to read. I was giggling most of the time, I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I liked the relationships. This was a great brain candy book  but my problem with the book was how ignorant and privileged the characters were.

We are constantly reminded that the characters live in a very white neighborhood with no diversity and I would assume that that would at least mean that the MCs weren’t completely ignorant and flippant about certain issues but that’s sadly not true. Even though Zoe moved from NYC, a very diverse city, to a white suburban neighborhood. It isn’t…