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Welcome to The Djinn Reader: A Dedicated Asian Literature Blog

Asalam-a-laikum and bula, friends! Welcome to The Djinn Reader! My name is Shafiya Mū and this is my newest book blog, dedicated entirely to Queer and Asian Literature. Please, join me on my journey.

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Celebrating Pride: A Month Long Tribute to the LGBTQIA+ Community

As a disabled Trans Queer Person of Colour, I wanted to show my support and respect for this community to the best of my ability. Every week on Tuesday during the month of June, I shall be highlighting books by and about Queer individuals, all of whom are Authors of Colour. Additionally, I shall also be reading and reviewing Queer books exclusively for the next four and a half weeks as well.

Book Review · Contemporary · South Asian

The Name of Red by Beena Khan

“The men watched with fascination as she opened a book and bowed her head in it. It looked like she was avoiding the crowd, and she appeared to want to blend in. It was impossible though since she’d already caught the attention of her audience by simply standing out in her red dress.” The Name… Continue reading The Name of Red by Beena Khan

Book Review · Contemporary · South Asian

The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

“With every item she tossed into the washer’s gaping mouth, she dissected every sentence she could recall saying to Neela, analysing the implications of her words and how they might have been interpreted.” The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya is an #OwnVoices South Asian-Canadian contemporary novel about two uniquely separate musicians that formulate a friendship after… Continue reading The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

Book Review · Chinese Lit · Fantasy

The Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang

“Jie’s heart leaped into her throat. How had she not heard someone approach on the nightingale floors, or even open the door? She spun around, hand reaching for her bladed hairpin.” Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang is short story introduction to the author’s expansive #OwnVoices Chinese adult fantasy series, Legends of Tivara. It follows… Continue reading The Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang

Discussions

Not Good Enough: A Diverse Books Discussion + #MuslimShelfSpace Tour

"Even though I had the comfort of reading, I was faced with the same ostracization in the stories" When I was a child, I loved books, even though they were at times painfully unkind to me as a Person of Colour. Because I had brown-skin, hair on my legs and arms and face, and a… Continue reading Not Good Enough: A Diverse Books Discussion + #MuslimShelfSpace Tour

Book Review · Islamic Lit · West Asian Lit

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Can sadness be too heavy for God? Maybe God can bear it all, but I don't know if I can. The world is a stone in me, heavy with Baba's voice and the old clock tower and the man selling tea in the street. I want to believe things are supposed to be better, but… Continue reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Book Review · Fantasy · Islamic Lit

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

The sky shatters into smoking pieces that dissipate like dust in water as the veil comes falling down, revealing a painfully azure sky from the realm beyond. The mountains groan as dunes of golden sand rush to swallow them, their life snuffed out.” PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE CITY OF BRASS IN… Continue reading The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty