My 2018 Summer Picks for Adult & YA Readers

What books are on your reading list this Summer?  Share your recommendations and most anticipated 2018 releases in the comments!  Here are some of my favourite books to read by the beach.  They are all easy reads that transport you to another place – perfect for when it’s too hot to set foot outside!

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2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge

Happy New Year book lovers!  When you make your New Year’s resolutions, try injecting more diversity into your reading life. 

Diversity is all around us, but we often fail to find it in books and other media.  Check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge and recommendations to kickstart your journey.  This challenge is for readers of all ages!   

If you want more information about reading about diversity, please leave a comment or check out my Own Voices Book Recs page.

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Reading Highlights 2017 Part Two | Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care.  One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read.  I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!

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Reading Highlights 2017 Part One | Young Adult & Junior Fiction

Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care.  One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read.  I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!

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Books I Plan to Reread in 2018

Next year I want to take the time to revisit some of my favourite books.  I chose titles that I can’t get out of my head recently (must be a sign I need to reread).  Have you read any of these books or are they on your to-read list? 

Ps. I also plan to reread Harry Potter.  But since an annual dose of J.K. Rowling is good for everyone’s health, you probably don’t need me to explain this one.
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3 Must Own Feminist Books | Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Show your love by giving the gift of feminism.  Here are 3 feminist titles for the special women and men in your life (no kidding, gender equality benefits everyone.)

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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

muslim-girl-9781501159503_hr“A harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”

Perfect For…

  • Girls aged 15+.  This is a coming of age story that affirms and empowers girls regardless of religion or race.
  • Anyone who consumes media.  We take it for granted that media is biased, but we may not realise who bias impacts.  Written by an industry insider, Muslim Girl is an eyeopener with a very personal core.
  • Busy people.  This is a small book with a big impact.  Its message will forever change the way you see the world.

Where to Buy Online

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September 2017 Reading Recap

I blinked and September was over!  What are your highlights and lowlights from September?  You’ll notice I read a bunch of short stories this month — I just got on a roll!  Do you recommend any short story collections?  

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The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

9781922079770PUBLISHER: Penguin
RELEASE DATE: 
April 11, 2013
GENRE: 
Adult Fiction, Rom Com
PAGE COUNT:
 297
MY RATING: ★★★☆
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Blurb in one sentence: A genetics professor with undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome embarks on the “Wife Project”, only to fall inconveniently in love with a woman with whom he is completely incompatible.

What I Liked:

  • Rosie is not a manic pixie dream girl.  Presenting a self-assured attitude to the world, she is autonomous and intelligently rationalises her decisions and behaviour.
  • I saw on Goodreads that lots of reviewers criticised The Rosie Project for representing Asperger Syndrome in a feel-good, comedic context.  I don’t believe that The Rosie Project romanticised Asperger Syndrome or treated it flippantly.  In fact, I think this story illuminated its unique challenges and positive aspects, with an appropiate mixture of seriousness and comedy.

What I Disliked:

  • So many people want to argue with me about this book, and I honestly can’t be bothered!
  • The plot is pretty flimsy, but, considering the tropes of the rom-com genre, this didn’t get in the way of me enjoying the journey.

If you like The Rosie Project, you may enjoy:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★☆ My Review Add on Goodreads
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik ★★★☆☆ My ReviewAdd on Goodreads Continue reading