Book Review · Japanese Lit

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

What makes Earthlings such a fascinating feat of fiction is how absolutely absurd it is whilst dissecting some vital constructs of the modern era, particularly where the concept of being “normal” is concerned, along with the various ways that the human brain copes with trauma stemming from abuse and exploitation. Couple that with a surrealistically straightforward and terse prose, readers can expect some of the most innovatively bemusing literature to hit shelves yet.

Top 5ish

Top 5 Most-Anticipated Book Releases for October 2020

For October, there are five books specifically that I have been eagerly anticipating for the better part of three to four months, and I was blessed with the opportunity to read half of my most-anticipated list via ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). These titles are truly brilliant works of creativity and human emotion, and I cannot wait to share my reviews of these fantastic upcoming releases with you all.

Book Review · South Asian

Seven by Farzana Doctor

The writing style is simple and rather straight-forward, making it easy to get utterly consumed within the pages, more so when the emotions surrounding the subject matter are portrayed with authenticity and thoughtfulness. Each side of the debate is given attention and respect, and provides an insightful, educative, and captivating reading experience.

Wrap-Up

The Best Books of 2020 Part 1 – January to June

This year has been a strange reading year for me. I have either been finding excellent books one right after another or ending up on the receiving end of a streak of one-star disappointments. Most of this can be accredited to stress and discomfort with processing through the constant flow of uncertainty that 2020 has… Continue reading The Best Books of 2020 Part 1 – January to June

Book Haul

May’s & June’s Monthly E-Book Haul of Diverse Books by Authors of Colour

May and June (thus far) have proved to be quite invaluable with regard to diverse books authored by writers of colour. With titles being offered for lightning-timed prices of zero dollars to approximately a couple bucks here and there, so many brilliant novels from my TBR (to-be-read) list, across subgenres of young adult to adult and historical fiction to fantasy, have fallen conveniently into my Kindle library. As such, I now have a decent collection of things to read and review on The Djinn Reader for the remainder of 2020.

Celebrating Pride

Celebrating Pride: 33 Queer Book Releases of 2020 by POC & BIPOC

This year has been incredibly eventful with a vast majority of the occurrences being tragedies or mass failings by our government, bringing about intense uncertainty. However, the one takeaway from 2020 that can bring relative comfort are all of the fantastic books that have been hitting shelves. Books for me have always been a source… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 33 Queer Book Releases of 2020 by POC & BIPOC

Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations: 9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre

Japanese literature is one of my favourite genres to read, so much so that I have been engaging with it (including the in-depth study of) for the better part of a decade. It is what I tend to gravitate towards the most, especially since it has taught me an incalculable wealth of information on how… Continue reading Book Recommendations: 9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre

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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