19+ Books To Add To Your #MuslimShelfSpace In 2019

2018 was a great year for books written by Muslim authors. Beginning with Love, Hate And Other Filters by Samira Ahmed and ending with A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, both books were completely unapologetic about the experience of growing up as a Muslim-American teen in post 9/11 America and rightfully claimed their spots on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Going into 2019, I completely underestimated just how many books we get to look forward to! As always, this list is not exhaustive but it’s a good place to start if expanding that #MuslimShelfSpace is one of your new year’s resolutions. And what better way to welcome in twenty nineteen and celebrate two years of an incredible initiative than with plenty of books to add to your already brimming bookshelves?
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Year Of The Asian [#YARC2019] Sign-Up & TBR

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Year Of The AsianΒ is a year-long reading challenge dedicated to reading novels written by Asian authors, and hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles Of Dreams, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.Β You can visit the sign-up posts on their respective blogs for all the details, and follow @YearOfTheAsian on Twitter as well as #YARC2019Β for announcements and updates throughout the year. Continue reading

Loving Language, Loathing Literature | Reflecting On My Experience At University

I miss university. And, by that, I just mean that I miss being in the cycle of education. (Which is actually linear, but that’s not really the point of this post.) The process of applying to graduate roles recently has allowed me to really reflect on what I’ve actually learnt over the past three years at university. Not just in terms of transferable skills, but in terms of the knowledge I gained and whether my overall experience met the expectations I initially had.

This post is more about the learning aspect of university rather than the overall experience of being within that environment. I can’t really comment on the partying culture or being part of the many societies they have to offer because, for personal reasons, I didn’t exactly immerse myself in those experiences. I didn’t go to university to make new friends; I just wanted to learn. Continue reading

Reading In Heels Unboxing | October 2018

I ordered my first book subscription box!Β Even though I vowed that I never ever would. I’ve never really been that interested in most book subscription boxes because I always felt like it wasn’t worth splurging out on boxes that included items I wouldn’t even use. For example, the most popular YA subscription boxes out there – such as Fairyloot, Illumicrate and Owlcrate – tend to include exclusive items and fandom merchandise that I honestly couldn’t care less about? And since I’m fairly updated on new releases in YA, I always feared that I’d already have the book (which is the main element of the box!) – even if that book was signed by the author and boasted an exclusive cover with beautifully sprayed edges.

Then, I discovered Reading In Heels. A UK-based monthly book subscription box targeted at women, featuring the latest in contemporary literary fiction (always in paperback) and a selection of lifestyle and beauty treats! They just celebrated their one year anniversary in August, and you can see all their past boxes on their website or Instagram. Their boxes aren’t themed like a lot of YA subscriptions, but they are often colour-coordinated which is always a win for the aesthetic!

I ordered the box for October as it’s my birthday month and, even though this month’s colour palette wasn’t as pleasing as previous boxes, I was so happy with everything that was included! It may have been a one-off box to begin with, but I can definitely see myself ordering more in the near future. Continue reading