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MOST RECENT

Hello friends! 💛💙 I hope everyone is doing fantastic! I'm doing pretty darn good, actually!!! I got my exam results back tonight and IT'S OFFICIAL!!! I'M A FIFTH YEAR MEDSTUDENT NOW 🎉🎉 I worked so hard and it paid off, and they were satisfying as well, so overall, I'm really proud of myself!
I spent the time leading to my results flailing around my room and deep cleaning it to distract myself 😂 I also reorganized my shelves (which you can see in the stories) and made dinner for the whole family. Let's say I couldn't sit around for long haha!

A little reading update:
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I DNFed the book I was reading (Baker Thief) for reasons that are a mystery even to me because there was nothing wrong with it, I could objectively see that it's good and entertaining BUT I just couldn't get into it, it was taking me forever and was putting me in a bit of a slump. I did start Labyrinth Lost this morning though, I only read a couple chapters and I think I'm gonna like it, I can't wait to read more 😍

QOTD: What do you do to get yourself out of a slump?

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📚As Canadians, let's respect + acknowledge the Indigenous roots of this nation; otherwise, as renowned scholar Dr. Leroy Little Bear says, "Canada will continue to be a pretend nation." Read updated version of talk in @kieraladner + Myra Tait's "Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal" (2017, @arpbooks) at @adfrntbooklist. Happy #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay.
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I'm in Hungary for the next couple of weeks, staying at @jayinbookland's dad's. Here's my #tbr pile for that time as well as for Pride Month 😍📚🏳️‍🌈!
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The release of BRUJA BORN gave me an excuse to read LABYRINTH LOST and wow, was I kicking myself I didn't read it sooner! Whats a hyped book you have wanted to read, but haven't yet? I am so glad @sourcebooksfire prompted me to discover the amazing @zoraidasolo!
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REVIEW: There's tons of added layers with gods and goddesses, with magical beings, and portal, but at the end of the day, the book is about Alex's quest to save her family. At the same time, she has to come against her own issues: self-doubt, fear, and self-acceptance.
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Hello friends!! I almost forgot to post today because I had quite a busy day. I got an email this morning saying that my passeport was ready for withdrawal and I thankfully got approved for the visa and I'm now headed to Italy in less than a month 😍😍 I wasn't expecting to hear back for another week so I'm thrilled that I won't have to deal with anxiety over that any longer!! Then I wrote a couple reviews and made dinner for the fam and I'm now going to the opening of a music festival here in my city 😅

I've been going to the festival since I was 10 I think?? Unless there are no artists I'm interested in. Some of the ones today I'm mildly interested in but The Weeknd is coming next week and I'M SO HYPED!!!! I hope I can snag tickets! I wasn't too into his music before but his last album is 🔥🔥🔥
I wish we could get Kehlani, Halsey, Khalid, Lauren Jauregui and so many other favourite of mine. But they're not as well known here.

QOTD: Who are your top favourite artists?

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“The Game of 100 Ghosts” by Terry Watada is a lyrical tribute to Terry’s friends and relations who are recently departed. In this game, participants gather in the dark at night and sit around 100 candles, telling ghost tales. 👻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Happy #Juneteenth y'all! Today is all about celebration and freedom! To help us set the mood, check out this powerful piece by @artxsoul. In these times, now more than ever, it's important that our children see that their history doesn't start and end with slavery. Never again can we allow our people to be held in bondage... not physically, mentally or emotionally. Head to the link in our bio to learn what today is all about. What are some things y'all are doing to celebrate? Drop it in the comments ⬇⬇⬇

I’m super excited about this post. It’s a long one, sorry. ⠀

It all started from a lovely chat with Navjot from @saffronpress, who specializes in children’s books from a Sikh perspective. Navjot so kindly explained, after my post of “Hats of Faith”, that a Dastaar is not a hat but an article or faith. ⠀

I’m so glad Navjot takes the time to clarify this, because as good intentioned my suggestions are, I get it wrong. We all do, it happens all the time in the diverse lit world. We mean well, and get so excited about a book or a story and want all the world to know about it, but trying to represent and speak for other cultural groups can be risky. ⠀

If I had the courage to speak up about all the Frida Kahlo books as the only representation of Mexican females or Dia de Muertos and the sugar skulls. If you’re Latinx its always about migration and magic realism right? For years I hid full of shame that I didn’t grew up learning about Cesar Chavez. It gets so bad Latinas in the USA have created their own genre called Chica Lit which tries to discuss our very average middle class existence without guilt, no social revolutions or magic realism, just an average woman trying to get along with life. ⠀

I know it sounds very negative, but I think is totally the opposite. We’re talking about this! People is listening, maybe not by the masses but here we are, on the Instaworld, a group of marvelous humans listening and talking, and it can only make better books in the long run. ⠀

A Dastaar it’s not a hat, and it doesn’t matter that our intentions are to find a common ground so we can all relate. There are other options and we need to look for them. I think that’s exactly the point of diverse literature: to move on, to start a conversation and create a safe space to learn, be respectful. Otherwise all these amazing books turn just into commodities for the lucky ones, just simple beautiful and trendy picture books. ⠀

Navjot has a lovely article if you want to learn more about it, link in my bio. Also she has a beautiful book about the meaning of a Dastaar, scroll to my second post and also check out all her resources to learn more about Sikh at @saffronpress blog.

Tuesday is #Juneteenth and in advance of the holiday, I wanted to share some information and resources that will help y'all learn more about the holiday and find some ways to celebrate among you and your family! On the #blog we have some #historical photos and artwork, a list of children's and young adult books, some great links, a #coloring page and #wordsearch for the younger kids, and for those who #homeschool there's a teacher's guide that may interest you. Just click the link in our bio 🖤

Happy Monday friends ❤ I was bored earlier today so I played with makeup (instead of you know...blogging 😂) and I ended up doing a rainbow eye and matching it with a rainbow of queer books I own physical copies of. All of these, save for Nice Try, Jane Sinner have queer main character. You can have a better look at my makeup in the second picture! I had tons of fun taking these and I'm thinking I'll probably be doing more shoots with makeup/books pairings.

🖤 Girls made of Snow and Glass: Sapphic MC.
❤ A Darker Shade of Magic: Gay MC, gets a POV in book 2, which also has a bisexual LI.
🧡 Nice Try, Jane Sinner: Bisexual side character.
💛 I'll Give you the Sun: Gay MC.
💚 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Bisexual MC, Lesbian LI, Gay side character.
💙 The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Gay MC, Aro-ace side character (MC in book 2)
💙 When The Moon was Ours: Trans MC.
💜 Girl made of Stars: Bisexual MC, genderqueer LI.

QOTD: Who's your favourite queer character?

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Outrun the Moon is one of my favorite younger historical fiction. I can't believe I hadn't read it earlier. Do you feel that way about other books?
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REVIEW: I heard so much about this book before I picked it up. I always knew I wanted to get to it, but I never had the time. Then I got a job that required me to spend long amounts of time mailing books and I have now devoured audiobooks. And that was the best decision ever. I was able to finish this book is under a week - in a few days actually. I read it while I walked, did dishes, packed books, even brushed my teeth. Quickly I became obsessed.
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This book shows you there is more than one way to be a family. If I could choose any family... I’d pick mine... even though We are all weird... except for my dad, he’s just strange 🤣🤗😁 Happy Father’s Day @richhubbs #familygoals #childrensbooks #weneeddiversebooks #bookreview #readit #familybook #lgbtqbooks #animalcharacters #diverselit #blackgirlbooksmatter

Happy Saturday friends! And happy Eid day 2 for those of you who celebrate ❤ I'm still hanging out at my grandma's and we've had extended family in and out of the house all day, it's been really fun and I welcomed the hectic distraction with open arms because it's exactly what I need right now. But the amount of dishes I had to do was... *shudders* a lot. That being said, these past couple days have been a blessing. Especially since I kind of disconnected from all social media and focused on the moment.

Since we're still celebrating Eid, I thought it was fitting to feature another #muslimshelfspace book. Love, Hate and Other Filters is no strangers to you if you've been following me for a while 😂 This book has a special spot in my heart and I love it to pieces. I feel like I've already said everything I had to say about it in my review/previous posts so all i'm gonna say is READ IT!!! I can't wait for Samira Ahmed to bless me with more muslim characters that I will cherish and want to protect at all cost. I also want to reread this one...sometime...soon.

QOTD: What kind of characters do you want to see more of in books?

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I cannot stop raving about #thepoetx this book hit the NYT bestseller list for a reason. It is gripping and so emotional. What is the last book you adored?
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REVIEW: There is no denying that The Poet X is lyrical. It's slam poetry style makes it easy to absorb, the pages turning faster and faster. In true slam poetry style, each poem packs a punch. Whether it is because it so accurately conveys the ache of family, or the injustice of sexism, or the confusion of youth - each poem leaves its marks and no words are wasted.
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It's #TGIF y'all! Woot! Lol. We know "F" stands for Friday, but it also stand for family! And fun! That's exactly what "Taylor's STEM Adventures: Hawaii" brings us. 🌟
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"Taylor's #STEM Adventures: Hawaii" is the first book in a series about Taylor and his family. What makes this family special, and what I don't see too often in #diversechildrensbooks, is that both parents are in the #military! Not only that, they are both in STEM careers! How awesome is that?! 🌟

On this particular duty trip the family is stationed in Hawaii. By the looks of their photos, they not only worked hard while they were there, they also played hard! The series follows Taylor and his family as they move to various duty locations. At each military base, Taylor guides you through his adventures in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Taylor gives military children the insight into the STEM adventures and activities that await them in their next military move. I can't wait to see where they get stationed next! 🌟

Both my parents were in the military, mother in the Navy and father in the Marines, so I can definitely relate to the experience of being a #militarychild and I find it quite refreshing to see it told from the viewpoint of an African American family. Kudos to author @mary.payton.60 and publisher @melaninorigins. To bring Taylor and his family into your home or classroom library, please view the link in our bio. Y'all be easy and enjoy this beautiful #FathersDay weekend. 🖤

Eid Mubarak to all my muslim friends 🌙💛 I hope you had/have a blessed day filled with foods, family and good times. I'm at my grandma's for the long weekend and my whole family is here so we're just hanging out, so I kinda forgot about my phone all day haha and I only picked it up now to post this and go back on snacking on different treats and cookies 😂 you can say that I'm enjoying the whole not fasting thing.

I decided it was fitting to feature two of my favourite #muslimshelfspace books (and the third in the background). Written in the Stars is one of my favourite contemporary books, it's real, gutting, heartbreaking and yet hopeful. Mirage is a new favourite of mine, representing my culture in a fantasy setting, which gave me all the heart eyes, but it also lowkey broke my heart too.

QOTD: What's a book that broke your heart?

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The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N Harrington. This is one of my favorite 💫read alouds. It has so much voice🎤. I get to use a southern accent 🎬AND make awesome 🐓noises. Fufi🐶 loves listening to me read this book, she enjoys all my noises. #funread #readit #readingisfun #proverbs #animalcharacters #diverse #weneeddiversebooks #browngirls #diverselit #readaloud #summerreads #chickenchase #chickenchasingqueen #readwriteunite #mixedmediabook #blackgirlswhoblog #bookreview #childrensbooksillustration #awardworthy #favoritebook #familyreading #writinggoals #BeatTheSummerSlide

Teaching a writing class in 2015. In addition to writing and empowering godly women to push past stuck and get back on track to purpose towards their destinies.....I teach writing sometimes.
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What do I teach? The same thing... getting unstuck and helping those creative juices flow.
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Aspiring writers....if I were to open up mentoring spots what are your top 2 areas of need.??
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I only need serious people and serious questions😉

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