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    SPOTLIGHT; 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. A second reading challenge this year? Who even am I? But then again, this challenge is another year long challenge with targets I could possibly reach, so, here I am. Signing up for another thing. Hoping I do not buckle under the weight of my own expectations.* *I have also very loosely signed up for Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe’s readathon, and I might not stick to her dates because I’m busy those weeks, but I’m going to try and read books in those prompts over the course of the year. Again, I ask, who am I? WHAT AM I DOING?…

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    SPOTLIGHT; #YARC2019

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. I usually keep myself from taking part in reading challenges. I can never keep up, I go into reading slumps, things just spiral out of control and I find myself disheartened and stressed and anxious for failing at them. But this one. THIS ONE. You guys, it speaks to my soul. A challenge, for reading Asian-inspired novels? By Asian authors? It’s like a challenge specifically created for me. On top of that, there are levels of targets to hit, so obviously I’ve signed up for the lowest. If I read more than that, great! If not, well, that’s okay too.…

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    SPOTLIGHT; time to educate yourselves

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. This is not my usual type of SPOTLIGHT posts. Not even close. But I am tired, you guys. I am so tired. How many times do we – readers of colour – have to remind other readers that you can educate yourselves? How many times do we have to inform you about things you feel entitled to knowing by, what? Reading a book by an author of colour? How many times do we have to point out that authors of colour aren’t there to educate you, but to tell stories? Sometimes those stories include a little bit of the things…

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    SPOTLIGHT; #CroneBookClub

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. That is right! The #CroneBloggers have an on-going book club! If you follow Jenn @ A Page Of Jenniely (and guys, you really should, she’s amazing), you might have seen her blog post about this. But to recap: Every 6 weeks, the book that we are reading for a month together will be announced Each book will be announced 2 weeks before we plan to start reading. While we read, the discord chat will be very active. At the end of the month, we will be holding a Twitter chat WITH THE AUTHOR where you can ask them questions and…

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    SPOTLIGHT; #DesiRepDiscussions

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. I spoke about it on Wednesday, but a little bit more in-depth today! #DesiRepDiscussions can be found on Pragati @ The InkedIn Book Blog and Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books‘ blogs. It is a series of guest posts by desi book bloggers about representation – or the lack there of – of desis in mass Western media. They put it best: The purpose of this discussion event is to make others aware of the lush, beautiful desi culture and to tell them more about us. The movement in the online book community towards more diverse and #ownvoices…

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    SPOTLIGHT; #cronebloggers

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. I’m going to be honest, I meant to write this post a while ago, but I’ve been out of town, and then the daughter was ill, so I’m only getting around it it now. For full information, check out Jenn @ a page of Jenniely‘s page on #CroneBloggers here. In brief, #CroneBloggers are a group of book bloggers that are older than the target audience for the Young Adult novels we read. Yes, anybody can read anything they want, etcetra etcetra, but being surrounded by young teenagers was – shall we say – making us feel our ages? So Jenn…

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    SPOTLIGHT; hashtag bookstagram challenges

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. I recently got back into bookstagram. I have been trying to keep to a schedule (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday posts, which are a lot less than other bookstagram accounts) but things have been going a bit haywire since I came across the challenges people post. Challenges when it comes to bookstagram are not so much competitions. They are more goals for the month. I was confused the first time I came across the term before I realised that it was much like the memes over on tumblr. Last month, a couple of the bookstagram accounts I follow were hosting a…

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    SPOTLIGHT; food for thought & the Young Adult genre

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. A friend recently linked me to this article, and I’ve had it open on my phone for a while. Just to go back to and read because the first time I read it, I realised something – I agree with most of these points. I mean, I love YA books. I pretty much only read YA books. Almost all the reviews on this blog are of YA books. But when I look at the audience reading these books, we are (almost) all in our twenties or older. Or in our late teens. We read these books for escapism, for the…

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    SPOTLIGHT; Katie Cross in an Interview with the Author

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. When I stumbled across Bon Bon To Yoga Pants on Wattpad, I never expected to tumble down a hole of “Must recommend this to everyone I meet!” and “When will the next book be complete?” and even “How has this not been picked up by a publisher yet?” I did not expect to get the answers to my two questions (“Soon!” and “It has!“) ever. But here we are. If you’ve followed me here from my Tumblr book blog, you will know that I loved this book enough to make a couple of edits for it. With the intention of…

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    SPOTLIGHT; new author alert

    We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post. A while back, I talked on Twitter about my niece finishing up and finding publishers for her novels. Well, today she texted me to let me know that she has finally set up her website and is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow her at @authorpremk and support a young writer! Her first novel should be coming out later this year – it is called Midnight Castle; A Souls Of Darkness Novel, and is a paranormal romance involving vampires. The synopsis for the second one is not up on her website yet, but it is called Wheel Of Death…