As you may or may not know, from how much I’ve been going on about it for the past month or so, #RamadanReadathon has officially begun. I mentioned before that the purpose of this readathon is to celebrate Muslim authors and raise awareness about the importance of diversifying our bookshelves. But, why Muslim authors specifically?
Karuna Riazi, author of The Gauntlet, wrote this Twitter thread a while back about the shocking number of titles from Muslim authors published this year and the next, and it pretty much sums up why we need to support the authors who are already published. There aren’t nearly enough of them. And let’s be completely honest, with the growing Islamophobia in the Western world, it’s not easy for us to tell our stories. Instead, we end up in a situation where we have our stories told for us.Read More »
#TheReadingQuest is officially over and I can honestly say that I had so much fun doing it! I conquered my TBR by reading a total of 12 books and one short story, completing two paths and four side quests in the process. I have no idea where that ranks me on the leaderboard because some people actually managed to complete the whole thing (what even is that sorcery!?) but, since I initially thought I was being overly ambitious, I’m super happy with my progress.Read More »
One of the primary roles of the book blogger/reviewer is, of course, to influence others to read a certain book. We pride ourselves if we are successful in doing this but, at the end of the day, are we really the only reason behind that someone picking up that book? What other factors may influence someone to read it? Is it a single factor or a combination of a number of them? Is one factor more significant than another?Read More »