A Q&A With Nevien Shaabneh, Author Of “Secrets Under The Olive Tree”

Today, I want to introduce you all to Nevien Shaabneh, a Palestinian-American author who we may not often see in the book blogging community, but who certainly deserves our attention. She published her debut novel, Secrets Under The Olive Tree, in 2015 and has been been working on her sophomore novel alongside her activism and teaching.

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#DiverseAThon Returns January 22nd – Sign Up And Create Your TBRs!

Are you all ready for round 2 of Diverse-A-Thon!? I sure hope so because it returns January 22nd and runs all week through January 29th. Many of us are familiar with Diverse-A-Thon because we participated in the one that happened in Fall 2016. It was created by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney as a reaction to an awful anti-diversity video I’d rather not discuss.’

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My Lit Box – January Unboxing

January will be the last month I do a sponsored unboxing for My Lit Box. I will, of course, keep the service and continue to pay for it because it is a fantastic book subscription box and I don’t have any complaints! In the future, it’s possible that I will do another unboxing post, but only to share the awesome contents inside because I want to.

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The Best Books I Read In 2016

According to Goodreads, I read 91 books in 2016 – well above my goal of 75 books. I had started the year with a goal of 50 but quickly realized that I’d surpass that number easily after I started my book blog. 2016 was my best reading year yet! I almost tripled the number of books I read in my previous highest reading years. But 2016 wasn’t a great year for me just in the number of books read, but also in the quality of the books I read.

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My Lit Box – December Unboxing

Last month, I introduced you all to My Lit Box and essentially gushed about how much I love this book subscription box and how honored I was to promote it on my blog for a few months.

If you’ve never heard of My Lit Box, please visit their website to learn more about it. But in short, it’s a book subscription box that highlights writers of color and aims to take the guesswork out finding quality literature written by marginalized authors. The books will be delivered right at your doorstep along with bookish goodies.

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My Lit Box – November Unboxing

I subscribed to My Lit Box in June of 2016, immediately after I knew it existed because it is also devoted to promoting writers of color and diversity in the publishing industry. Supporting marginalized voices with our money, when we are able, is a powerful way to demonstrate that we want change in the industry . Some of that change should come from non-marginalized writers including diversity in their work and writing stories that reflect the world we live in. But for meaningful and structural change to occur in the long run, we need writers of color and other marginalized voices to thrive and succeed in the industry. Small businesses like My Lit Box is helping them do just that, which is why it has my full support.

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Review – Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology

This anthology is one of the most important works of Queer literature I have read in a while. Granted, I haven’t read the vast majority of Queer literature, but Beyond is personal and special. This is the kind of book I wish I had read when I was a teenager, or even younger, because it would have shown me perspectives and ways to live a life authentically that I considered unimaginable.

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