A Tempest Of Tea
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Book Review: A Tempest Of Tea (Blood and Tea#1) by Hafsah Faizal

One of my favorite things about fantasy novels is how it can serve as a medium to look closely at stories of colonization, and the impact of its damage that can be still felt today even after generations have passed. So of course when I heard about Hafsa Faizal’s A Tempest of Tea, I had it on my list of most anticipated books to read in 2024

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I mean, it’s got everything that I absolutely adore. Fantasy heist? Check. A scathing criticism of colonization and white privilege? Check. Ragtag group of misfits who become each other’s found family? Check. A badass gunslinger? Check. Hot, artistic vampires? Also, check.

With all that said, you’d think I’d be in love by now, right? Unfortunately, even though A Tempest of Tea was a fun, fast-paced novel with an intriguing plot, it just missed the mark for me, and I blame it mostly on the story being rushed too quickly. Here’s my full review.

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Top 5 Pride Books I Have Read

As a semi-closeted bisexual woman, it makes my heart so happy to see people celebrate their truest, authentic selves during Pride Month. At the same time, it makes me wonder if I would ever have the luxury to do the same someday. For now, I make myself happy by doing the one thing that brings me joy: reading pride books where I see people like me shine centerstage.

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Grief And Other Uncomfortable Things
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Grief And Other Uncomfortable Things

Trigger Warning: This post discusses the death of a friend.

It’s more than just a little difficult to write these thoughts down, so I’ll do the best I can and leave it as it is, so that a future version of me can come back and read this post and see how far I have come.

If I thought 2023 was hard, well 2024 has been tougher. It seems that ever since the year started, I have been dealing with one blow after another.

But one that really pushed me off the axis was the death of a dear friend last month.

It was so unexpected, but I suppose in these cases, a loss like that is never really foreseen. Still, I cannot help but think of all the future plans we had made, all the things we said we would do and put off for later.

Except now, none of those things will ever come to be.

I am grateful for everyone who gave me the time and space I needed to heal. And I am grateful for the people in my life who I grew closer to during the whole ordeal. I lost my friend, but before he left, he made sure that I would be surrounded by some of the softest, kindest souls to ever walk on this planet.

And I know that even though we are all moving forward with our lives every day, his memory is still alive in our minds. We keep putting one foot in front of the other, we go live our daily routines and do what needs to be done because time never stops for anyone. But even as we do, we remember him in every little thing–when we try a new Indian place downtown, when we win a business competition, when we go somewhere or new cook up something special for dinner.

Every time I find myself hesitating to do something out of my comfort zone, I ask myself what he would do.

And I guess in this way, he still lives on.

Book Review This Is How You Lose The Time War
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Book Review: This Is How You Lose The Time War

It’s not often that I find myself at a loss for words when writing a book review, but there just isn’t enough vocabulary in the English language–or any human language for that matter–to do justice to This Is How You Lose The Time War. Although it’s a story about forbidden love and science-fiction and time travel, somehow, while reading this book, I had this distinct feeling that I would never again be the same. 

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One of the most swoon-worthy, enthralling, and heart-wrenchingly beautiful epic romances ever written, This Is How You Lose The Time War is a complex story about a forbidden love that literally withstands the tests of time.

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Book Review: Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin
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Book Review: Much Ado About Nada By Uzma Jalaluddin

The older I grow, the more appreciation I have for sweet and swooning romance novels, and Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin has everything that I could possibly love–inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this is a Muslim love story about a second-chance romance with just the right amount of angst, sizzle, and sweetness.

That being said, Much Ado About Nada does come with certain shortcomings, and as much as I loved the story, there are some important criticisms that I could not overlook by the time I finished the book. Dive in for a more detailed review below.

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Top 5 Book Series I will finish
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Top 5 Book Series I Will Finish In 2024

Last week for Top 5 Tuesday (hosted by Meeghan Reads and originally created by The Bionic Bookworm), I shared the top 5 book series I wanted to start this year. This week’s post is about the top 5 book series I will finish in 2024–and if I am being honest, I am not 100% sure how much I can commit to this because I am SUCH a moody reader! 😂

In fact, 2024 is turning out to be such a moody reading year for me that I still don’t have a TBR list ready for this year. So instead, here’s a list of 5 book series that I hope to finish reading in 2024 (fingers crossed!)

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Top 5 Books Series To Start In 2024
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Top 5 Book Series I Will Start In 2024

Happy Tuesday again friends! This week, I am doing one of the Top 5 Tuesday prompts created and hosted by Meeghan Reads (originally it was created by The Bionic Bookworm). This week’s topic is about the top 5 book series to start in 2024, and I am already stressing which ones to pick because there are so many amazing new series coming out this year!

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Misfit Muslim Musings: My Problems With Organized Religion
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My Problems With Organized Religion

I have been drafting this blog post for what has been months now. Even though this website is my safe space, it’s a little difficult to find the courage to talk about something as controversial as my problems with organized religion. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a traditional and conservative Muslim society. Maybe it’s because in general Southeast Asian communities tend to be unaccepting of ideas that question their norms. Either way, my complicated relationship with Islam is a topic that I have always wanted to talk about but found very few people willing to hear me out.

So, here it goes.

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Foxglove by Adalyn Grace Book Review
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Book Review: Foxglove (Belladonna #2) By Adalyn Grace

In 2022, Belladonna by Adalyn Grace was one of my favorite books of the year. Naturally, I had high hopes for the sequel, Foxglove, to blow me away as well.

And while Foxglove by Adalyn Grace was definitely a fun and engaging read, it lacked the charm, the gothic intrigue, and the sizzling romance that Belladonna did. Here’s my full review

Book Review: Foxglove (Belladonna #2) By Adalyn Grace

Warning: this review of Foxglove by Adalyn Grace contains a few spoilers for the first book, Belladonna. If you have not read Belladonna yet, consider reading my spoiler-free review of it here.

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Bookish Goals for 2024
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Bookish Goals For 2024: Read More Diverse Stories

Happy Tuesday friends! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is about our bookish goals for 2024 and for the first time in a long time…I am actually a bit unsure of what my reading resolutions should be.

Usually, I always have a TBR list for the new year prepared months in advance, and despite being a moody reader, I usually know what books I want to dive into. But in 2024, I kind of want to go with the flow and read stories that spark my interest from page 1.

So I guess this week, I won’t really be able to make a 10-point list of bookish goals for 2024 because I honestly still don’t know what I really want to read this year.

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